When you become pregnant, you learn quickly that it’s important to eat right. But what about all the little herbs and spices that we use to season or drink as teas?
When you become pregnant, you learn quickly that it’s important to eat right. But what about all the little herbs and spices that we use to season or drink as teas? A few potentially problematic spices are discussed below.
Cinnamon, a powerful spice that is excellent for easing menstrual cramps and the difficulty of childbirth when consumed at the appropriate times, is known to be the woman’s herb. This herb, however, can be a very powerful abortive agent if consumed during pregnancy, stimulating contractions that can endanger the life of the fetus. Avoid drinking it as part of a tea or in high doses of spice.
A powerful abortifacient. Again, an herb useful for soothing menstrual cramps at times, but dangerous when taking during pregnancy. The herb causes the dilation of the cervix and may cause the beginnings of contractions. This plant is commonly sold as a tea. Avoid ingesting it when pregnant.
Okay, so this isn’t an herb. It is a common dietary supplement, however, and is known for its health benefits. Although the temptation may be great if you become sick during pregnancy, do not take copious amounts of this vitamin in pure form for a prolonged period of time. It takes about 6,000 mg does over the course of a few days for a miscarriage to occur.
Again, a great herb for helping dilate the cervix while giving birth and for soothing menstrual cramps. However, these effects are consistent with what happens when consumed during pregnancy. This herb may cause unwanted dilation of the cervix and miscarriage if ingested.
The pattern is clear here. Typically, herbs with a considerable concentration of chemicals, or herbs that are listed as excellent for use during menstruation or childbirth, can do massive harm while pregnant and cause a miscarriage. Look around for a list of herbs used as abortifacients and avoid taking them in large doses when pregnant.