I get so many questions on using herbs during pregnancy including safety, what I use, dosing, etc.
I’m going to share what I am doing because they help me tremendously (And I’ll share the reasons why!) Please know that this isn’t medical advice, and you should definitely consult with your midwife or whoever is providing your pregnancy care before starting any herbs.
High quality, well sourced and potent herbs are a part of my “medicine” cabinet
I source all of my herbs from my friend Alyssa at Root and Bones. She has highest quality herbal and mushroom powders on the market that I’ve been using since 2017 and I completely trust her sources. I have a code with them and you can use it to save. The code is SIMPL. I love her products so much!
Here’s what I love to have when I’m pregnant. (Note: I’ve done my own research and consulted with herbal experts. As always, make your own informed choices!)
Herbs That I Use During Pregnancy
Eucommia: This saves my life with any joint pain or discomfort. Traditionally, eucommia bark has been used to help with problems in the joints, including pain, stiffness, dislocation, swelling and weakness.
Reishi: The queen, hormone balancer, immune modulator (my little guy loves it too!) Reishi is a powerful immune modulator, cardiotonic, hormone balancer, and nervine tonic that nurtures and protects.
Nuture: This formula is my burn-out prevention! It is blood-building, nerve soothing, tonifying to uterus, supports lactation, and very warming.
He Sho Wu: Incredible hormone balancing herb that is fertility enhancing, organ tonifying, strengthens red blood cells, promotes balance in energy/calm states. He Shou Wu strengthens red blood cell membranes, increases circulation of red blood cells, and builds blood.
Chaga: This mushroom is a powerful antioxidant rich in zinc and B vitamins. It is metabolically supportive, liver supportive, and immune supportive.
In addition to these I also make an herbal tea for pregnancy
It contains oatstraw, rose hip, nettle, red raspberry, alfalfa and other herbs from what we’ve foraged through the year. Here’s a breakdown for ya of what goodness these herbs can do:
Raspberry leaf: This leaf can help with morning sickness in the first trimester. It also supports late stage pregnancy and assists during childbirth.
Nettle: A storehouse of nutrition with high iron and calcium contents! It is also an excellent source of folate which is an essential nutrient during pregnancy. Nettle strengthens the kidneys and adrenals, while it relieves fluid retention.
Oatstraw: Rich in both calcium and magnesium. It’s a great both pre and post pregnancy nutritive. It is a very safe herb for both mom to be and baby. Oatstraw is helpful for varicose veins and a safe remedy for yeast infections.
Rose hips: Natural source of vitamin C and a source of other vitamins for mother and child. It helps in the absorption of iron and calcium, boosts immunity, helps produce collagen and has astringent properties good for bladder control during pregnancy. It repairs tissue and activates folate in body.
Alfalfa: Loaded with vitamins A, D, E, and K, 8 different digestive enzymes, and lots of trace minerals. The vitamin K is especially helpful to prevent postpartum bleeding or hemorrhaging. Alfalfa also increases breast milk production.
Nourishing herbs in my daily routine during pregnancy
I make a raw milk drink in the mornings using the herbs from Root and Bones. Also sip on my pregnancy tea throughout the day. I love nourishing teas over just plain water because of the minerals and nutrients packed in there. You can find these same herbs in bulk at Mountain Rose Herbs and make your own blend! In addition to my herbal support, I make sure to eat a nutrient-dense, whole-food, metabolically supportive diet that includes organ meat, raw milk, eggs, local meat and seasonal produce as my prenatal.
If you’re currently pregnant or planning to be or want to be then my Bare Naked Hormones Course is the resource you’re looking for to dive deeper into real nourishment and how to support your hormones.