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This is the third and last series of HERBS THAT ARE HARMFUL FOR PREGNANT WOMEN.

  The last two blogs discussed about herbs that could be harmful to either or both the unborn baby and the mother and herbs that would bring on uterine bleeding and miscarriage.  We only discussed herbs that started with A,B, and C.  This blog will consider from D 


ELECAMPANE   miscarriage 

ERGOT   uterine bleeding and miscarriage

FENNEL SEED may cause contractions

FENUGREEK SEED  uterine bleeding and miscarriage

FEVERFEW   miscarriage

GARLIC  large does may cause uterine bleeding and miscarriage

GINGER uterine bleeding, miscarriage

GOLDTHREAD miscarriage

GOTU KOLA  may cause miscarriage

GUARANA contains caffeine, which has been linked to miscarriage

HELONIAS  miscarriage

HIBISCUS miscarriage

HOREHOUND  miscarriage

HORSERADISH uterine bleeding and miscarriage

HYSSOP uterine bleeding and miscarriage

IPECAC may stimulate the uterus, increasing the chance of miscarriage

IRIS, ORRIS ROOT  uterine bleeding and miscarriage 

JABORANDI  toxic!  May cause birth defects and miscarriage

JALAP uterine bleeding

JUJUBE uterine bleeding

KHELLA,  BISHOP'S WEED   uterine stimulant and may cause miscarriage

KOUSSO  miscarriage

LAVENDER  uterine bleeding

LEMON BALM  uterine bleeding

LICORICE ROOT  can cause high blood pressure uterine bleeding

LOVAGE  uterine bleeding and miscarriage

MADAGASCAR PERIWINKLE  miscarriage 

MALAY TEA  increases the risk of miscarriage

MALE FERN, SWEET BRAKE   may causing vomiting and miscarriage

MASTERWORT  uterine bleeding and uterine contractions

MILK THISTLE uterine bleeding 

MOTHERWORT  uterine bleeding and miscarriage

MYRRH  uterine bleeding or miscarriage


NARK  uterine bleeding and miscarriage

OREGON GRAPE  uterine bleeding, miscarriage

OSHA uterine bleeding and miscarriage 

PAPAYA uterine bleeding or miscarriage

PARSLEY uterine bleeding, uterine contractions and miscarriage

PASQUE FLOWER miscarriage

PEONY uterine bleeding 

PLIURISY ROOT  uterine stimulation and miscarriage

POISON IVY miscarriage

POMEGRANATE uterine bleeding 

POPPY  miscarriage and infant death

PRICKLY ASH uterine bleeding and miscarriage

QUEEN ANNE'S LACE uterine bleeding and miscarriage

RHUBARB  miscarriage

SANDLEWOOD miscarriage

SARSAPARILLA miscarriage

SHEPHERD'S PURSE uterine bleeding or miscarriage

SPEEDWELLL miscarriage

ST JOHN'S WORT uterine bleeding and miscarriage

STINGING NETTLE LEAF  uterine bleeding, uterine contractions, and miscarriage

STROPHANTHUS may cause dangerous heart rhythm problems and uterine contractions

VERVAIN   miscarriage

WOOD SORREL uterine bleeding and miscarriage

YARROW  miscarriage

YELLOW JASMINE    this herb is a uterine stimulant that can cause miscarriage
 











Herbs that pregnant women should not use part 2

UNSAFE HERBS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN  Part  2

In my last blog I listed herbs that would cause birth defects and toxic problems for women that are pregnant.  In this blog I am going to discuss herbs that cause internal bleeding and uterine contractions and  herbs that can cause miscarriage. 

Let me mention at the onset that we all have our own views about subjects such as abortion. I also have mine.  None of the information here is meant by me to abort a child.  I am bringing to people's attention the dangerous herbs. Children are precious and we should  not want to risk harming them in any way.

Herbs that will cause uterine bleeding and contractions and/or miscarriage:  These should not be taken during the entire 9 months.  I am mixing in those herbs that are unsafe after or before a certain time period.  If the are not safe after 3 months, to my way of thinking, they are not safe during any period of the pregnancy.

AGAVE                           can cause uterine bleeding and miscarriage.

ALOE VERA JUICE.      Uterine contractions and diarrhea.   (avoid during breastfeeding as well)

AMERICAN MANKDRAK       uterine stimulant

ANGELICA ATROPURPUREA   can cause strong contractions and lead to miscarriage if taken during the early stages of pregnancy. Promotes the growth of fibroid and increase risk of  postpartum hemorrhage.

ASHWAGANDHA  may cause miscarriage 

BARBERRY  can cause uterine bleeding and miscarriage

BEE BALM BERGAMOT, OSWEGO TEA   uterine bleeding; miscarriage 
BEET LEAVES  uterine bleeding; miscarriage

BIRTHROOT, BETH ROOT (trillium erectum)uterine bleeding; miscarriage
BIRTHWORT ( aristolochia clematitis)uterine stimulant; miscarriage
BISTORT, SNAKEWEED       miscarriage
BITTER APPLE  ( citrulus colocynthis)   highly poisonous! Uterine bleeding and miscarriage
BITTER ORANGE PEEL  uterine bleeding; miscarriage
BITTERWOOD, QUASSIA   miscarriage

BLACK COHOSH    uterine stimulant, contractions, postpartum hemorrhage
BLAZING STAR   miscarriage
BLUE COHOSH   uterine stimulant
BURDOCK ROOT   uterine stimulant; miscarriage
BUCHU                 miscarriage
BUCKTHORN BARK   may trigger contractions
BUKTHORN FRUIT      may cause miscarriage 

 

CALENDULA         external use is safe. Internal use can cause uterine bleeding and miscarriage
CALIFORNIA POPPY   miscarriage 
CAMPHOR       uterine bleeding; miscarriage
CASCARA SAGRADA      may trigger contractions
CATNIP       miscarriage

CELERY     uterine stimulant; miscarriage

CHASTEBERRY       can cause hormonal changes and uterine bleeding
CHICORY        uterine bleeding; miscarriage

CINCHONA     uterine bleeding; miscarriage 
CINNAMON      uterine bleeding; miscarriage 
CITRONELLA (LEMON GRASS)      uterine bleeding; miscarriage 
CITRUS FRUITS       excess intake can result in uterine stimulation 

COCOA  and COFFEE,   KOLA NUT     contains caffeine,which has been linked to miscarriage, low birth weight, premature delivery and birth defects.
COLIUS            uterine bleeding; miscarriage 
COLOMBO          paralysis;uterine contractions
CORN POPPY        miscarriage; infant death 
COTTON ROOT       uterine bleeding ; miscarriage 


We've only discussed herbs that start with A, B, C .  As you can see, there are a lot of herbs. I'll continue with some more in the next couple of days.

herbs that are unsafe for pregnant women during the entire 9 months

There are a lot of herbs that I have found in my research that pregnant women would do well to stay away from during the entire nine months of pregnancy. In this blog, I will list the herbs  that affect hormone  levels

AUTUMN CROCUS birth defects and Down's Syndrome.

BASIL may increase rick of birth defects

BETEL NUT   causes birth defects 

BITTER ORANGE PEEL  birth defects

BORAGE OIL   may cause liver damage to the mother and harm to the fetus

BRYONY highly toxic 

BUTTERNUT may cause birth defects

CABBAGE, COLEWORT  can interfere with mental development in the fetus. 

CHASTEBERRY can cause hormonal changes and uterine bleeding

COFFEE   low birth weigh, birth defects

COLOMBO  paralysis and uterine contractions

COMFREY may cause liver complications in pregnant women and their growing baby. Toxic for the baby. 

ECHINACEA  may trigger autoimmune disorders

GINSENG    alters hormonal balance

           GUARANA contains caffeine, which has been linked to miscarriage, low birth weight, premature       
           delivery and birth defects. 

HORSETAIL may interfere with metabolism of B vitamins 

JABORANDI  This herb is toxic, may cause birth defects.

KAVA KAVA  this herb is toxic; may cause birth defects and miscarriage

KOLA NUT  low birth weigh, birth defects

LEMON BALM  external use is safe; internal use may lead to altered hormone balance and uterine bleeding 

LICORICE ROOT  not the candy. High blood pressure in pregnant women and harm to the baby. 

LIVERWORT sever gastrointestinal irritation and should not be used during pregnancy

MADASGASCAR PERIWINKLE birth defects

MATE'  low birth weight, birth defects 

MUGWORT birth defects 

PENNY ROYAL LEAF  birth defects

UVA URSI may hinder the blood flow to the mother's uterus. 

SAW PALMETTO decreases the amount of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the pregnant mother's body. If the women is having a little boy, DHT is very important for development of his genitals. If a girl, it has anti estrogenic effects that will affect the pregnant women. 

SEA BUCKTHORN  birth defects 

SENNA  (Cassia spp)   birth defects

SPEEDWELL may cause miscarriage and birth defects.

Avoid the pits of APRICOT, PEACH, CHERRY  they contain cyanide.



Part two discusses more herbs that are unsafe for pregnant women. 

Natural Health Magazine complete guide to safe herbs  by chris d. meletis, n.d

The Honest Herbal by Varro E Tyler

Know Your Poisonour Plants by Wilma Roberts James 

livestrong.com

webmd 





 
 
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