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Know Your Herbs: A List of Common Spices That May Cause Miscarriage

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

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.

Black Cohosh

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.

Vitamin C

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.

Evening Primrose

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.

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  1. nice. now i know how to induce miscarriage!

  2. this list is very far from complete… :(

  3. theres also sage, ginger, chamomile…. so so many. seriously, do your research and get a full list before posting!

  4. Vitamin “C” an abortive… Then we must change gynaecologist, or maybe hospital… Where do you take your “facts” from, my gynaecologist prescribed multivitamis WITH vitamin “C” besides 500 mg chewable tabs.
    Too short and inaccurate, you are just spreading ignorance and fear! How irresponsible!!

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