"If you don't know your options, you don't have any." - Diana Korte
By Jessica Oren, a certified Birth Doula (CBI) and a Family Herbalist
First of all please remember to speak to your provider before taking any herbal supplement.
Evening Primrose Oil is a great omega supplement for women during childbirth and also for before and after pregnancy. It contains omega 9 and mood stabilizing properties.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is good for any woman at any time. It's full of trace minerals and nutrition and helps maintain uterine tone. It's known in folk remedies to possibly reduce pain during childbirth.
Borage is great when added to wine or vinegar to reduce pain and inflammation during your birthing time.
Prenatal Whole Food Supplements are great instead of synthetic supplements. Look for whole food options and methylized B vitamins. This is especially important for those suffering from MTHFR gene mutation.
Dandelion Root is a great and wonderful way to gently cleanse the liver during pregnancy and pre and post-partum. Try it instead of coffee for the first 50-60 days of your pregnancy. It has been shown to increase energy.
Nettle is seriously the vitamin herb. It has all your mineral need for building bones in your little one. It works for anytime in your life.
Alfalfa is great for bone building and nutrition. A great calcium source.
Calcium Formula by Dr. Christopher is great during pregnancy and is safe and gentle.
Essential Oils: oils to avoid are peppermint and sage. Please research and read the labels as some herbs are meant for drying up milk and can stimulate contractions. Safer herbs are: lavender, citrus, and tea tree. Oils for birthing time: clary sage (to increase wave intensity), lavender to relax, lemon for transition, and frankincense and myrrh for post-partum.
Herbs to Avoid during pregnancy:
Black Cohosh (blue cohosh isn't always tolerable and can cause fetal distress in some clients)
Labor Prep and Birth Prep Formulas
Essential Oils: Clary Sage, Anointing Oil, Thieves, Calming or peace Blends
Herbs to Avoid:
Castor Oil (unless under the guidance of a midwife or physician)
This list is only for educational information and shouldn't be taken as medical advice. Always talk to your practioner before taking any herb or holistic medicine. When questioning what herbs should I take during pregnancy and birth please consult with your doctor or midwife.
Jessica Oren is a certified Birth Doula (CBI) and a Family Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. Founder of DAWN Foundation and North Texas Doulas. She is also Co-Founder of SAND Homeschooling Co-op. You can find her on Google+
Jessica Oren is a certified Birth Doula (CBI) and a Family Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. Founder of DAWN Foundation and North Texas Doulas. You can find her on Google+
“Although the popularly desired outcome is ‘healthy mother, healthy baby,’ I think there is room in that equation for ‘happy, non-traumatized, empowered and elated mother and baby.’” – Midwifery Today