Pregnancy is a beautiful, precious season of a woman’s life.
It can also be a time of great discomfort, both physically end emotionally. Nine months is a long time to endure digestive disorders, exhaustion, sleeplessness, heart burn, whacky hormones, or countless other health complaints!
Much like my four precious children, my four pregnancies were individually unique. The factor that remained true for each pregnancy is that I had the option to make the “season” more healthy by my personal choices.
Exercise, proper rest, and of course a healthy diet all factor into making pregnancy as vibrant as possible. However, today, I want to focus on the herbs that became my best friends during pregnancy.
Bentonite clay is obviously a clay, not an herb. I’m including it in this list because you’re probably going to need it!
I relied on this chalky-tasting supplement in the early months of pregnancy to ease the discomforts of morning (all day) sickness. Because bentonite clay binds and flushes toxins out of your body, it is excellent for removing impurities that contribute to nausea.
My favorite form of this product is hydrated bentonite clay. I took about 1 tablespoon of the liquid clay at the start of my day (before eating), and drank lots of water to flush it through my body.
Caution and Safety:
Bentonite clay is safe before, during, and after pregnancy. Do not take it simultaneously with other supplements or vitamins, as it can “remove” nutrients and minerals from your body right along with the toxins. You can read more about the many benefits of bentonite clay here.
Red raspberry leaf is a popular “tonic” for pregnancy health, and for good reason! It is loaded with essential nutrients, including vitamins C, E, A and B complex, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and easily assimulated iron and calcium. This little herb is a powerhouse of health!
During each of my pregnancies, I enjoyed red raspberry leaf as an iced tea and drank it throughout the day. Very refreshing and delicious! I purchase my organic red raspberry tea from Bulk Herb Store.
Cautions and Safety:
Red raspberry leaf is safe before, during, and after pregnancy. It is perhaps one of the single most beneficial herbs for a woman’s body during pregnancy. Because it tones the uterus, caution is recommended during the first trimester if you have a history of miscarriage. Read all about red raspberry leaf here.
Dandelion Root & Yellow Dock
I’m listing these two herbs in the way they are best used: together.
Yellow dock cleanses the lymphatic system and is a mild laxative (in other words, it can prevent pregnancy constipation!). Dandelion root is beneficial for preventing anemia, is high in calcium, and is a basic "toner" for female organs.
I take these herbs in capsule form.
Cautions and Safety:
Both dandelion root and yellow dock are safe before, during, and after pregnancy
While olive leaf is not traditionally revered as a "pregnancy herb", I include here because of its amazing ability to kill of a common pregnancy ailment: yeast!
Olive leaf is a natural antibiotic and antioxidant, and has powerful anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is highly effective in fighting disease, killing off yeast and parasites, building the immune system, lowering blood pressure, promoting cardiovascular health, and fighting free radical damage. Its antioxidant capacity is almost double green tea extract and 400% higher than vitamin C! Read more.
From personal experience, I recommend Mountain Meadow Herb's Olive Leaf Tincture.
Cautions and Safety:
Olive leaf is safe before, during, and after pregnancy.
I have personally found these five supplements to benefit my health both during and after pregnancy. I hope you will reap many benefits from them, as well!
DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to diagnose or cure disease and has not been approved by the FDA. The editor and contributing authors do not offer professional advice regarding health, disease, or diet.
Kristy is a believer in Jesus Christ, a pastor’s wife, and homeschooling mother of four. She is passionate about living simply, naturally, and Biblically for the glory of God. Kristy is the editor and owner of LittleNaturalCottage.com, where she furiously writes about her loves during nap time. She is also the author of the Cottage Mama ebooks The Cottage Mama's DIY Guide, Wholesome (make ahead) Mixes, and Holiday Gifts and Mixes in a Jar.