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Q&A: Safe Natural Supplements to Take During Pregnancy?

What kinds of natural supplements are safe to take during pregnancy?
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March 2, 2017
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You’re smart to ask — those “natural” supplements aren’t automatically safe for baby… and won’t necessarily help you out. Here’s what’s safe, what isn’t, and what’s currently caught in controversy.

_The Good
_Alfalfa
: Full of vitamin K, which helps blood clotting.
Chamomile : Can help ease nausea (always a plus!) and is a natural anti-inflammatory.
Fish Oil : Contains omega-3 fatty acids, and can boost both baby’s coordination and mom’s mood.

The Bad
Saw Palmetto : May cause hormonal activity, something you probably don’t need more of.
Dong Quai: Found to be a uterine stimulant and has relaxant effects… need we say more?
Black/Blue Cohosh: Can induce labor in women who are not fully to term.
Feverfew : A great headache remedy, yes, but since it can cause allergic reactions pregnant women are advised to stay away.

_The Debatable
_St. John’s Wort:
Some docs tout it as an alternative treatment for depression, but there’s little research to say it’s safe for baby.
Red Raspberry Leaf : Richin iron and can decrease nausea, protect against miscarriage and ease labor pains, but some say it isn’t safe during the first trimester.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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