There’s so much women can do to have a heathy pregnancy and birth. For one thing, your diet before and during pregnancy can have a big impact on both your health and the health of your child. And along with food, there are lots of herbs that can support expectant mothers. Today, we’re looking at four of them.
Before you try any of these herbs, be sure to consult with your physician, midwife or doula to be sure you take them at the correct time and in the appropriate amount.
Red Raspberry leaf
This is a top herb for pregnant women. It helps tone the uterus and prevents a wide variety of common pregnancy problems, including infection, cramping and anemia. Red raspberry leaf also stimulates contractions during labor and prevents hemorrhaging after labor.
It’s important not to take red raspberry leaf before you reach the 32 week mark, as it could lead to early labor and even miscarriage.
Nettle leaf can also support a healthy bladder and prevent urinary tract infections. Like red raspberry leaf, nettle leaf helps to prevent excessive bleeding after birth.
It’s important to use nettle leaf under the supervision of your midwife or doula as it can stimulate uterine contractions and possibly miscarriage.
Thanks to its Vitamin K content, alfalfa leaf, along with nettle leaf, help to manage bleeding after birth. It’s recommended to use this herb in later pregnancy.
Peppermint is a good herb to take once you make it through the first trimester. It’s useful in cases of nausea and can help to soothe the digestion system.
Mothers with heartburn should avoid peppermint altogether.
Remember to consult with your doula, midwife, herbalist or health care professional before trying these four herbs to ensure you use them correctly and safely.