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Safe Herbs for Pregnancy and Birth

Safe Herbs for Pregnancy and Birth

 

Many gentle herbs are safe and effective for use during pregnancy.  It is important to remember that herbal remedies can be powerful stimulants when they are not used properly and women are cautioned to not use herbs in pregnancy unless they have been recommended by their Naturopathic Doctors.

 

  • Red Raspberry Leaf – this herb is used for labour preparation  it tonifies uterine muscles for more co-ordinated and efficient contractions during labour and birth.  It can also be used for after pains.  Drink 3 cups of tea a day from week 18 onwards.

 

  • Stinging Nettles – this herb can be used as a food and eaten steamed or as a tea with fresh or dried leaves. Stinging Nettles are highly nutritive, high in vitamins and minerals and can be used to treat anemia and malnutrition.

 

  • Lemon Balm – this lovely tasting herb can be used fresh or dried in a tea to help with insomnia, depression, nervousness, anxiety, nervous stomach, GI upset, and gas.

 

  • Comfrey Leaf – used only externally, this herb is a very effective tissue healing herb and will promote healing for injuries to the perineum during birth. Can also be used for bruising and hemo

 

  • Oats – this herb is used in nervous debility and exhaustion associated with depression,  insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, postpartum depression and supports a person under excess stress

 

  • Calendula – the flower petals of the marigold flower are used externally for bruising, swelling of the skin, slow to heal wounds of the perineum and cracked and sore nipples.

 

  • Johns Wort Oil – applied externally the oil is used to ease pain of a tear or sutures and will help to heal trauma to perineum, and decrease inflammation.

 

  • Ginger – most commonly used in morning sickness. Use fresh root and pour hot water over it. 2 cups a day should be very helpful for moms experiencing nausea and vomiting of pregnancy.

 

  • Prenatal Tea: Equal parts of Red Raspberry Leaf, Stinging Nettles, Lemon Balm, and Oats for a delicious pregnancy tea to drink once each day.  Enjoy warm or cold.
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flowers in nature in Mississauga representing pregnancy and growth in spring

Fit and Pregnant

Fit and Pregnant

I had a Naturopathic patient come to my wellness office in Mississauga the other day with great news–she’s pregnant!!  In the middle of her first trimester, excited and nervous, she expressed to me that she was hesitant about exercise. Prior to the pregnancy, she was engaging in high intensity martial arts and kick boxing. She said that now all she is doing is walking and finding it boring and not helping with stress (like the previous exercise regime had helped tremendously with).

After chatting with her for awhile, we came up with some strategies on how she could increase her intensity and variety. I also informed her of the many benefits exercise offers to women who are pregnant.

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Is there research that can shows that exercise during pregnancy is healthy?

Physical exercise during pregnancy: a systematic review 2012. 

This is a great abstract of a study that details those benefits including: higher cardiorespiratory fitness, stronger backs, improved mood, improved blood sugar.

So–be sure to include movement EVERYDAY while pregnant–it doesn’t have to be rigorous if you didn’t do this prior to your pregnancy–but walking, swimming and prenatal yoga are great.

Contact us today for more information on how to have your best pregnancy!

Dr. Kirsten Almon – Naturopathic Doctor and Doula in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health