Herbal Nutrition in Pregnancy
Herbal Nutrition for Pregnancy Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus Idaeus): tones the uterus during pregnancy, prevents hemorrhage, provides excellent source of Vitamins C and E. Also good source of Calcium and Iron.
Nettles (Urtica dioica): great tonic. Has lots of Vitamins A, D, C, and K. Provides Calcium and Potassium as well. The Vitamin K is instrumental in preventing hemorrhage during birth. Also good for leg cramps and hemorrhoids.
Mint family (Mentha spp.): safe and helpful in pregnancy for digestive issues: morning sickness and indigestion.
Oatstraw (Avena sativa): good source of minerals for growing baby and for integrity of veins. Oatstraw is calming and nourishing. This herb is a personal favorite!
Specific issues during pregnancy*
Morning sickness: 1-2 cups Raspberry leaf tea, 1-2 spoonfuls of ginger root (Zingiber off.) decoction, peppermint of spearmint tea, alfalfa (Medicago sativa) tea for B vitamins
Varicose veins/Hemorrhoids: 1-2 cups daily of Oatstraw tea, 1-2 cups of nettles tea, raw parsley (Petroselinum sativum) in salads, witch hazel (topically)
Anemia: 1 TBS Yellow dock (Rumex Crispus) decoction per day. Can also try teas of Dandelion root (Taraxacum off), Parsley, and Nettles.
Heartburn/Indigestion: Anise or Fennel seed tea for after meals, Papaya enzymes, raw almonds, Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva)
Bladder Infections: unsweetened cranberry juice, Uva Ursi leaves infuse for 8 hours, then drink one cup every 12 hours. Can add yarrow (Achillea millefoilium) if not clear with just Uva ursi.
Hypertension: garlic, cucumbers, Hops (humulus lupulus)—only during 3rd trimester, Passionflower tincture (15 drops per day), Skullcap (Scutellaria off.) 1-2 cups per day, Hawthorn berries (Crataegus off.)
Late Pregnancy uterine tonics: Black and Blue Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa and Caullophyllum thalictroides), Squawvine (Mitchella repens)
*Please consult a helath care practitioner before beginning any new herbal or nutritional regimen