Long before prenatal vitamins, women counted on Mother Nature to help them nourish their unborn children. Simply eating well can work wonders for healthy fetal development. Diets rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein provide many of the vitamins and minerals both mothers and babies need throughout pregnancy.
Herbs can also help strengthen and tone the body’s systems in preparation for childbirth, while relieving some discomforts associated with pregnancy. The following herbs are commonly used before, during or after pregnancy. Be sure to consult with a physician before consuming or using herbs in any way.
Chamomile: For morning sickness
Peppermint: For morning sickness
Raspberry leaf: To tone the uterus
Caraway: To ease labor pains; Supports healthy milk production
Fenugreek: Supports healthy milk production
Fennel: Supports healthy milk production
Calendula (cream): Relieves sore nipples
Please note: Some herbs are known to stimulate the uterus and are considered unsafe during pregnancy. The following herbs should NOT be consumed by women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant:
Aloe vera, angelica, autumn crocus, barberry, black cohosh, celery seed, cinnamon, devil’s claw, goldenseal, hyssop, juniper, male fern, mandrake, parsley seed, pennyroyal, pokeweed, rosemary, rue, sage, southernwood, tansy, thuja, wormwood, yarrow.