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Herbs To Avoid During Pregnancy

Just like prescription medications, many herbs can be harmful during pregnancy. The herbs to avoid during pregnancy below have been found to be particularly unsafe during pregnancy.

And when it comes to your baby, you don't want to take any chances during pregnancy.

Although herbs have served us well for centuries as seasonings and natural remedies, these herbs to avoid during pregnancy are potentially harmful to mothers and developing babies.

Some herbs are unsafe during pregnancy because they can induce uterine contractions that could lead to miscarriage, a premature birth or injury to the fetus. Others herbs are harmful during pregnancy because they can cause high blood pressure, birth defects or even death.

Herbs to Avoid during PregnancyMost household spices and herbs can be used as seasonings during pregnancy. But some, if used in large quantities, could cause premature labor or miscarriage.

These include aniseed, aniseed oil, caraway, celery seed or oil, chili, cinnamon, cumin, fennel, lavender, marjoram, nutmeg, nutmeg oil, oregano, parsley, peppermint oil, raspberry leaf, rhubarb, rosemary, rosemary oil, saffron, sage, sage oil and thyme oil.

Other Things to Avoid during Pregnancy

Foods to avoid during pregnancy definitely include alcohol, which can lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). FAS causes central nervous system dysfunction, birth defects, severe mental retardation and other abnormalities.

Other things, such as smoking, prescription and recreational drugs, toxic fumes from pesticides, cleaning products and gasoline, high body temperature (above 102 degrees) cat litter, and x-rays, can all lead to spontaneous abortion, low birth weight, birth defects or infant death.

To learn about the different pregnancy stages and see great pictures of what you and your baby will look like throughout your pregnancy journey, go to Pictures of Pregnancy Stages.

And be sure to check out my Natural Health Newsletter.

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