Herbs that are Safe During Pregnancy

Herbs that are Safe During Pregnancy

 Some Tips…

  • Use herbs that are considered food or tonic herbs that may be consumed daily.
  • Avoid herbs that are used during menstruation to stimulate the cycle.
  • Avoid herbs that are high in alkaloids and/or have a strong medicinal action.
  • Always research herbs before using, preferably from multiple sources.

Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium)-prevents miscarriage, relaxes uterine muscles, and eases the tension that precipitates uterine contractions

Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus)-stimulates blood flow to the mammary glands, increases and enriches milk flow

Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)-high in vitamins and minerals, mild diuretic, liver tonic and strengthening for the uterus

Chamomile (Maricaria chamomilla)-calmitive, digestive aid, high in calcium, reduces inflammation

Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus)-prevents miscarriage

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)-high in vitamin A, calcium, and iron, aids digestion, liver tonic, boosts energy and acts as a diuretic

Ginger root (Zingiber officinale)-eases morning sickness and digestive problems, tonic for reproductive system

Lady’s Mantle Leaves (Alchemilla vulgaris)-settles digestion, morning sickness and tones uterus

Lemon Balm Leaves (Melissa officinalis)-calms and relaxes nervous system to relieve headaches, depression and insomnia

Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica)-rich in calcium, iron, vitamins and minerals, provides energy when these deficiencies are present, mild diuretic

Oatstraw (Avena sativa)-rich in calcium and magnesium, calms nervous stress and tension, heals yeast infections

Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus rubra)-treats colds, infections, vaginal infections and morning sickness

Squaw Vine (Mitchella repens)-tone and nourish uterus

Strawberry Leaf (Fragaria vesica)-uterine tonic, cooling to system


The following herbs are to be used for specific purposes during the last days of pregnancy or postpartum:

Angelica (Angelica archangelica)-helps expel the placenta afterbirth

Black cohosh (Cimifuga racemosa)-uterine stimulant and relaxant to be used with blue cohosh during the last week of pregnancy to prepare uterus and during labor to stimulate it

Blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)-stimulates uterine contractions, facilitates smooth labor, combine with black cohosh

Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)-hastens childbirth that has gone overdue or a labor that is lagging

Pennyroyal Leaf (Hedoma pulegioides)-stimulates contractions and blood flow to the uterus, general birthing aid **only the herb is to be used for these applications, not the oil**

Shepherds Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)-for post-partum hemorrhage and to stimulate contractions

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)-hemostatic when combined with shepherds purse, stimulates contractions

Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis)

  • Natural anti-biotic and infection fighter.
  • Stimulates the vital organ functions of the body, especially the liver, kidneys, lungs and colon.
  • Purifies the blood, acts as a natural anti-biotic, promotes the flow and discharge of bile into the small intestine.
  • Acts as an astringent to stop bleeding.
  • Dries and cleanses the mucus membranes and treats diseases of the liver, such as cirrhosis and hepatitis related inflammation.
  • Use for acid indigestion, gastritis and duodenal ulcers.
  • Tonic for the female reproductive system and menorrhagia.

Some cautions and advice on preparation

  • Use only for short periods of time as this herb can build up in the mucosa and cause irritation and inflammation.
  • Use only wild-crafted goldenseal because this herb is endangered.
  • Use 2-3 x per day for 3 weeks, then stop for 3 weeks and repeat.
  • Use caution during pregnancy and use only in small doses. Some herbalists may contraindicate this herb during pregnancy, but use with caution is acceptable to most. If pregnant and hypertensive or suffering from a deficiency, do not use goldenseal. Large doses can stimulate uterus and cause premature contractions.
  • Try one capsule 3 x per day for morning sickness or to help fight infections or colds. The best usage is through infusion, external use is safer during pregnancy.
  • A salve is very effective when astringent or disinfectant properties are desired.
  • When using in a capsule formulate goldenseal with other less potent herbs to mellow its impact.


Herbs that are safe during pregnancy