Herbs and Herbal Remedies in Pregnancy

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Posted August 4 2010 05:04pm
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Talk to your doctor before you take any herbals – the jury is still out on whether natural remedies are safe for pregnant woman. But there are some remedies pregnant women should avoid because of known side effects (such as allergic reactions or vomiting). They include:

  • aloes
  • black cohosh
  • burdock
  • calendula
  • castor
  • chaste tree
  • comfrey
  • feverfew
  • ginseng
  • golden seal
  • hops
  • dong quai
  • juniper
  • kava
  • licorice
  • lobelia
  • parsley
  • passion flower
  • pennyroyal
  • rosemary
  • rue
  • skullcap
  • tansy
  • valerian
  • uva-ursi
  • wild yam.

Note: parsley and rosemary in cooking are safe in small amounts.

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Food-Bourne Illnesses in Pregnancy

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Posted August 4 2010 05:17pm
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During pregnancy, you should avoid foods such as unpasteurized milk products, raw or lightly cooked eggs, raw sprouts, raw fish and shellfish and uncooked deli meats. Although you might never think that some of these foods could cause problems during pregnancy, they are all high-risk foods. They could pose a risk to your baby's development or lead to food poisoning for you.

Food poisoning can be very dangerous to pregnant women. There are types of food poisoning that can even seriously harm your baby.

To reduce your risk of food poisoning:

  • Wash your hands frequently, both during pregnancy and after your baby is born.
  • Avoid foods that increase the risk of food poisoning. These foods include unpasteurized milk, cheeses such as brie, feta, camembert and queso blanco, unpasteurized juice such as unpasteurized apple cider, pates and smoked fish products.
  • Wash raw vegetables and fruit. 
  • Make sure that meat, poultry, fish and hot dogs are well cooked. 
  • Follow the "best before" dates on food packaging.

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