Like those of you who are pregnant, as a mom of 4 kids, I am no stranger to some of those miserable common symptoms that can plague pregnancy. For me it was awful first trimester nausea and then later, occasional insomnia.

safe herbsAs a midwife and medical doctor I have been using herbs in my practice with pregnant women for over 25 years and have found them to be helpful in treating many of the symptoms we have during those nine months of growing our babies including nausea, insomnia, yeast infections, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids. They can even tone your uterus for labor.

I want to introduce you to 5 of my favorite herbs known to be safe for use in pregnancy. At the bottom of this post you can also download an article that I wrote for Mothering Magazine called Herbs for the Mother-to-Be.

Are herbs safe during pregnancy?

Pregnant women commonly experience minor symptoms such as nausea, colds, and insomnia for which natural remedies can actually be gentler and safer than pharmaceuticals – many of which lack proof of safety in pregnancy or are known to be harmful.

While there is limited scientific research on the safe use of most herbs in pregnancy, there is good evidence of safety for several.

Overall, most herbs that are traditionally used to support pregnancy are safe for use in moderation. There have been almost no reports of adverse outcomes in pregnant women, and when they have occurred, it has been from using herbs that are not considered safe in pregnancy, or from products that have been tainted with unsafe herbs or even pharmaceutical additives – which has mostly been a problem with imported products from China and India.

Using herbs during pregnancy

The safest approach is to avoid using herbs during the first trimester of pregnancy unless necessary (for example, ginger for treating morning sickness), to only use those herbs known to be safe in pregnancy, and to consult with an experienced midwife, herbalist, or MD on the safe use of herbs in pregnancy.

There are many herbs whose use in pregnancy is definitely not safe for baby. A basic list of these can be found in the Mothering article.

Beverage teas that are known to be safe in moderate amounts (e.g., red raspberry, spearmint, chamomile, lemon balm, nettles, rose hips), and ingestion of normal amounts of cooking spices are considered safe in pregnancy.

Herbs considered safe in pregnancy

These 5 herbs are known to be safe during pregnancy and can help with a variety of common discomforts and problems while helping prepare your body for a healthy birth.

1. Ginger (Zingiber officinalis) for morning sickness

I think I’d rather go through natural labor without an epidural faster than I’d repeat those horrible weeks of morning sickness I experienced! I remember getting home from a particularly eventful car ride through the mountains during the early part of one of my pregnancies, laying flat on the living room floor, and telling my husband to just let me die now. I am sure I was green.

Ginger is a spicy, aromatic herb with which many of you are familiar for cooking. Did you know it has been shown to be safe and effective in treating morning sickness?

There are several ways to use ginger in pregnancy. Tea and capsules are commonly recommended in books and other sources, but my experience is that drinking warm or even cool tea when you are already sick to your stomach is not fun, and may even make you hurl! Ditto on capsules sitting in your stomach and the water or juice you need to take to chase them. Try these ginger products instead:

  • Ginger candies and crystalized ginger: Reed’s makes great ginger products. I learned to keep a small stash of ginger candies or pieces of crystalized ginger in my handbag at all times. It’s not 100% fool proof — sometimes that nausea can outsmart even ginger — but it really can cut the edge and ease your tummy. It can be nibbled in small amounts throughout the day; large quantities are not needed and in fact, up to 1 gm of what would be equal to the dried powder is the recommended daily dose.
  • Ginger Ale: while drinking soda is not ideal in pregnancy, treating nausea trumps and ginger ale is a great way to get in some ginger. The carbonation also helps many pregnant women with nausea symptoms. You can make your own ginger ale by grating 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger root and squeezing the juice into some carbonated water (plain or lemon flavored), adding some honey, cane sugar, or maple syrup to sweeten it, or you can get a good quality ginger ale with real ginger. Reed’s makes a good one of those, too.

Note: persistent or repeated vomiting in pregnancy can be a medical problem. Consult your midwife or doctor if you experience anything beyond typical morning sickness symptoms.

2. Red raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus) for an easier labor

This herb is a mineral rich tonic, traditionally used to support a healthy pregnancy and tone the uterus to help a woman prepare for birth. Some studies have shown that it can help to expedite labor and reduce complications and interventions associated with birth.

Since it doesn’t have the most pleasant taste when taken as a tea by itself, I generally recommend mixing it with some spearmint and rose hips for a delicious tea that can be taken daily, 1-2 cups throughout the second and third trimesters. The recommended dose is from 1.5 – 5 gm daily in tea.

Pregnancy Tea

2 tbsp red raspberry leaf

2 tsp spearmint leaf

2 tsp rose hips

Mix together and place into a reusable tea bag. Steep in 8 oz of boiling water for 20 minutes, strain and drink 1-2 cups daily.

3. Echinacea (Echinacea spp) for colds

Pregnant women get colds just like everyone else, and because natural hormonal changes in pregnancy already make your nose feel stuffy and a big belly can make it feel harder to breathe, colds and coughs can be extra miserable.

Echinacea has been shown to reduce the length of colds and also prevent them from recurring. It can be used either during a cold or to prevent them. It does not actually help with cold symptoms, but our friend ginger does! Ginger can reduce chills, coughing, and aching muscles when taken as a hot tea using 1 tablespoon of fresh grated ginger per cup of boiling water, 1-3 cups daily.

Echinacea is best used in the form of a tincture, which does contain a small amount of alcohol, but this tiny amount is not considered dangerous when taken in the recommended dose of up to 5 mL of the tincture (about 1 measured teaspoon) up to twice daily. Capsules can also be used according to recommended package dosing for individual products, if you are uncomfortable with using a product containing alcohol during pregnancy.

4. Cranberry (Vaccinium Macrocarpon) for UTI prevention

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common during pregnancy. Medically they are treated with antibiotics the first time, and if a second infection occurs, the medical recommendation is to place pregnant women on antibiotics for the entire pregnancy to prevent further infections.

While cranberry should not be used to substitute for appropriate medical care, it has been shown in numerous studies to prevent UTIs. If you have a history of them, or have had one already during pregnancy, talk with your midwife or doctor about trying cranberry for prevention. While antibiotics are sometimes necessary, newer research is showing that exposure to antibiotics during pregnancy can have long-term consequences on our babies, including development of asthma and inflammatory bowel disease.

Cranberry can be used in the form of cranberry juice (even Ocean Spray has been shown to work, but I recommend less sugary types from the natural foods store or fresh juice made at home in a juicer using ½ cup of fresh frozen cranberries and 2 apples) or cranberry capsules dosed as recommended on the product.

Note: Untreated UTIs in pregnancy can cause serious problems; if you suspect you have one, consult your midwife or doctor.

5. Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) for better sleep

Pregnancy is often a time of disturbed sleep whether from vivid dreams, new concerns over becoming a mom, or the discomfort of your growing belly making it hard to find just the right position. One of my favorite herbs for gently and safely promoting relaxation and sleep is chamomile. It is soothing for your tummy and tastes delicious, too.

Chamomile can be taken up to several cupfuls daily if you are stressed, and taken before bed for sleep. I generally recommend 1-2 cups in the evening, but do not drink tea within an hour of going to sleep or you’ll surely be up to pee (though this happens in pregnancy anyway!). To make chamomile tea steep 1 large or 2 small tea bags in 8 oz of boiling water for up to 10 minutes, or better yet, purchase organic chamomile blossoms from a company like Mountain Rose Herbs online and brew yourself a small teapot full using 1 tablespoon of the herb per 8 oz of water.


Herbs can provide substantial relief for common complaints and concerns that arise during pregnancy and childbirth. Nonetheless, like any medicines, they should be used with caution. Many herbs that have not been evaluated may nonetheless offer simple, safe, gentle, and effective solutions for common problems of pregnancy, ranging from anemia to yeast infections.

Herbs for the mom-to-be: Sound advice for using medicinal plants to treat common pregnancy ailments
Mothering January • February 2008



  1. This is a list of foods. There are so many herbs and supplements which are applicable for pregnant and nursing mothers. Big Pharma has essentially paralyzed the health industry with fear. There are many qualified practitioners who are very comfortable and successful with real herbal combinations and formulae, many of which have been around for over 1800 years. It’s time to not harbour so much fear, seek a qualified practitioner, and realize things such as pregnancy are not an illness to suffer through.

    • There is no evidence that RRL is dangerous during the first trimester. It is not an abortifacient and is not toxic. It is very unlikely to cause contractions. However, I do generally recommend no herbs during the first trimester unless medically needed.

    • Raspberry leaf tea saved my baby when I was at risk of miscarriage my first trimester. Had a blood clot on my placenta that the tea helped to obsorb into my body without harming baby after massive bleeding.

  2. Thanks – this is a great post! I drank a pregnancy tea with RRL for one of my pregnancies. I think it was SO helpful during and after. Unfortunately, I experienced preterm labor last pregnancy. Is it contraindicated for people who have experienced preterm labor?

  3. Jessica Alice, you failed to read her article then. She said she doesn’t generally recommend herbs in the first trimester. Read thoroughly before you make such comments. 🙂

  4. I was under the impression that the Nourishment Tea from your pregnancy book is safe throughout all of pregnancy, but now that I am reading this post I am second-guessing… Did I read the book incorrectly?

    • yes it is safe though i have removed the comfrey from the tea as data emerged on it not being safe since the original book came out. that said, i’ve not received one single report of a problem in over 20 years! no worries if you’ve had to old version — just remove the comfrey.

      • Thank you for responding. I was mostly concerned that maybe the tea was not safe for the first trimester after I read this post… I have the 2003 edition of your book, and it is by far my most loved and used pregnancy book! I am looking forward to reading the upcoming edition as well.

  5. Hi there,
    A few comments:
    Echinacea tincture does come in a non-alcohol, glycerin-based form from the company Herb Pharm (easy to find in many health food stores).
    In your Mothering article you listed coffee under herbs to avoid. I have been allowing small amounts of coffee because it is usually stated that under 150mg caffeine/day is fine. Is there a reason I should be avoiding it altogether? I am now 19 weeks pregnant (my first at 43!) and would be grateful if you could let me know. A little bit has helped with fatigue.
    Thanks so much,

    • Coffee is not optimal in pregnancy — 150 mg is the max safe dose — but that doesn’t mean everything under that is ok. It’s not entirely harmful, but the caffeine does reach the baby, and it also affects your stess hormones, blood sugar, and can affect appetite. I’m sure you’ve not caused any harm so no worries- but it’s not on my list of yeah, sure, no problem. Best with your pregnancy and baby! 🙂

  6. I’ve had recurrent miscarriages and nothing has come up in the testing indicating why, but I’m told my testosterone level is slightly high. I’m looking into natural ways to reduce that, in case it’s contributing to the problem, but as you can imagine I’m very nervous about anything I ingest. In my case, would you recommend spearmint tea? Would you suggest discontinuing for the first trimester? (All my losses have been in the first trimester, although one was at 12 weeks.)

    • Hi Melissa
      Sorry to hear that you’ve struggled with miscarriage. I will be offering many blogs on my website in the months to come about preventing miscarriage. I don’t think spearmint would help or hurt…Much more to come! Please stay tuned. Best wishes, Aviva

    • I had hormone issues I struggled with for many years, I never thought I would be able to get pregnant. My holistic dr offered me to take vitex (chasteberry) and St. John’s wort in tincture forms. I bought them off of etsy and took them for a good year before finally getting pregnant at 30 years old. Vitex is a natural hormone balancer and St. John’s wort is good for anxiety/depression and also apparently hormones. I’d highly suggest doing this if you want to get pregnant and not miscarry!

    • You might want to get checked for MTHFR gene mutation. About half of the population has it and it can cause recurring miscarriages. The testing can be as cheap as $99 and the gene mutation affects how you utilize your B vitamin intake.

  7. Thanks for this great post on herbs during pregnancy. I am finding crystallized ginger and Reed’s candies to be very helpful for morning sickness but can only find the 1 gm/ day dried ginger root recommendation. Do you have any sense of how much crystallized ginger is equivalent to one 250 mg capsule? Thank you.

  8. I am currently 16 weeks pregnant with my second child. I am having terrible insomnia. I have an herbal formula containing Passionflower, Valerian and Hops. It is the only thing that has remotely helped so far. I am concerned however that I see Hops on the avoid list. Also, I am getting conflicting information about the other two herbs as well. Many websites or books say no, but my midwife said all three are safe.

    I am also wondering about the use of thereputic grade essential oils topically or internally. If they are pure are they ok?
    Please help! Thank you!

    • Passionflower has been a life saver for me and I’m 10 weeks. Dr ok’d it as long as its not over board. I only drink about 2-3 good sips and that’s it…it takes the edge off…and I use it maybe 2-3 times a month.

  9. thanks for the post..i am on my first trimestr of first pregnancy…nowadays suffering from strong tendency of vomitting..cant eat food well..happy to hear that ginger is good to overcome that..thanks a ton

  10. Are there any teas that are good for a sore throat? How about spearmint or chamomile tea with honey? Are those safe? Thank you so much for all the information in this article. I learned something new!

    • Yes, there are some great teas for sore throat. Licorice and peppermint is classic, as is a sage gargle. Salt water gargles are safe for everyone! Do more often than you’d expect – 1/4 tsp salt to 1/4 cup warm water. Gargle every 2 hrs. And there are some wonderful throat sprays from some great herbal companies. Check out the one by Urban Moonshine on their website! ~ AR

      • I’m curious if this particular tea is safe during the 1st trimester. This is our 4th baby and I have experienced one miscarriage. Thanks so much in advance for your response!!!

        • The tea is Lavendar Orange Grey tea by Flying Bird Botanicals. It’s a black tea infused with bergamot, orange peel and lavender. I’ve been drinking one large cup per day with 1 steep bag.

        • I usually recommend waiting until after first trimester for herbs when there is a history of miscarriage unless working directly with a practitioner who knows how to support you with herbs safely during prengnacy. Best wishes!

  11. Hi Aviva,
    Thank you for all of this wonderful information! I am only in my 6th week of pregnancy but am experiencing severe insomnia…usually I would take a blend of skullcap and valerian root but i doubt these are safe. Hopefully the chamomile helps!

  12. I’m 10 weeks and I have morning sickness everyday I can’t take it no more. I have ginger tea in front of me right now, and I don’t know if I should drink it. I’m scared. I didn’t really read the article I just kind of scrolled threw it. What should I do? Drink it?

      • Hi Vicky. If your sickness is really bad so y can’t keep anything down,maybe y should seek a medical advice. Tea will not harm baby, but continues sickness, when y actually become hehydrated, will. Speak to yr nurse and make sure they do urine test. Good luck.

  13. I am pregnant for the first time, almost at the end of 12 weeks. At my last midwife appointment, my urine test showed protein levels of +1 and I am concerned. Glucose was normal. My bp was normal at 108/68 so I think it may be a bladder infection or uti, rather than sign of preeclampsia. I have had a lot of nausea but no vomiting during the first trimester. I was happy to come across your article as everything else I have read regarding echinacea during pregnancy is inconclusive. Do you have any thoughts or recommendations? I am taking cranberry concentrate, liquid acidophilus and echinacea. I am having trouble distinguishing normal pregnancy symptoms from infection or sickness. Thank you!

    • Hi Miriam
      There is very little value to checking urine for protein in the first trimester, and in fact, it is a bit outdated to check it routinely. At 12 weeks it is highly unlikely to be preeclampsia or any sort of problem. A urine culture should show an infection if you have one. If you don’t have a UTI you don’t need to take all of those supplements! I’d revisit with your midwife — and if she’s not able to give you the info you need, midwife shopping is totally appropriate — or see a family doc or OB for another opinion. Hope that helps! Aviva

  14. Hi there,
    A little off topic maybe, but I need to know….
    Do you have any information or experience with artichoke extract (5:1) during pregnancy?
    I took one capsule on two separate occasions and, while it had the positive result I was hoping for I am worried about taking more as I can’t seem to find any information other that the disclaimer that there is no information!
    Anything you can tell me would be super appreciated.
    Thanks in advance!

  15. hi im in my 4th mo and im coughing but not that serious i drink oregano leaves ( coction) is it safe for my baby maam pls answer me im drinking calamansi juice too

    • Oregano tea is not typically recommended as safe in pregnancy; it’s probably ok for a few days as long as you’re not in the first trimester. Simple honey is a safe option, and soothing lozenges like slippery elm are also safe. If you can get it, please see my pregnancy book for further ideas.

  16. I’m so happy to have come accross your websiite! I am 6 weeks in, and have chronic urticaria. Since I am not allowed to take antihistamines, I started looking for natural alternatives. I read somewhere that taking Echinacea quells itching spells caused by urticaria. I tried it yesterday and it worked like a charm! I’m really pleased, and wondering if I can carry on doing this with caution. The itching is really acute and happens almost every evening. Would love to know your advice, many thanks x

    • Hi Sara,
      Please let me know how things turned out as I suffer from chronic urticaria as well and the itching is driving me mad!

    • Elderberry syrup can be used for a week or so safely in pregnancy, though I generally avoid most herbs in first trimester unless necessary, and be careful about the sugar content is the elderberry is made with honey. Best, aviva

  17. Last year when i was 18 weeks pregnant and my water broke, at 21 weeks i lost my child. Can you please advise me of what type of herbs are suitable for me.

    • Hi Virgina
      I am so sorry that you’ve have such a tough experience. The herb I use for mommas who have had such a loss is motherwort extract. It is very helpful for rebalancing hormones and restoring uterine tone, while easing the heart and emotions. I wish you the best. Aviva

  18. Hello Aviva,
    Im 5 weeks pregnant and Im concerned that I may miscarry again like I did 3 years ago. I have been drinking herbal teas such as chamomile, peppermint, ginger and lemon, rosehip and forest berry tea. I just found out yesterday that most of these herbal tea is not recommended during 1st trimester. Is there any herb tea you can recommend to prevent miscarriage? I’m really worried that I will miscarry again. Can you please assist me?

    • Hi Christie,
      So sorry you have to have this worry. Ginger, chamomile, rosehips, and mint are fine in first trimester — you don’t have to worry about the herbs you’ve been taking at all! Most miscarriages do not repeat. It’s usually a one time sad event. But the worry the next pregnancy can be awful. As for herbs that prevent miscarriage, it really depends on the causes — low progesterone, a methylfolate issue, nutritional, a chromosomal issue, other hormonal issues. I’d recommend looking on line for the issue of Plant Healers Magazine where I write an article on miscarriage for herbalists in practice. And I’ll do a blog on this but it probably won’t be soon enough. Hope all goes well and you can put this behind you. Sending you the best wishes.

  19. I know you were asked last year about the shakeology shakes and you weren’t familiar with it. I was wandering if you or anybody on here knew if it is safe during pregnancy. I am 19 weeks and I have been told it is safe but only by a few people I work with who drink it. Also, is kava kava safe for relaxation?

  20. Hi! I was wondering your thoughts on this hot cocktail to relieve son bronchial irritation. 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, ground ginger, cloves and honey. I’m 5 1/2 months pregnant and a cup of this helped me get some decent sleep.

    • Ginger is considered perfectly safe up to 1 gm in pregnancy. Honey is best for cough; otherwise I generally recommend herbs like marshmallow and slippery elm for bronchial irritation, whereas those other herbs are more antimicrobial. I don’s usually recommend cloves internally in pregnancy for prolonged use though I am sure a few doses did not harm. Best, Aviva

  21. I am 15 weeks. I got a cold recently and started drinking some herbal tea I had because I didn’t thing anything of it. But now looking it up im worried…

    its mint medley tea
    and the ingredients say

    peppermint leaves
    spearmint leaves
    rose hips
    lemon peel


    …. is this safe ?????????

  22. I’m in my first trimester and I love cooking with herbs such as basil, rosemary, parsley, thyme, oregano. Actually I have 20 olde Thompson’s herbs and I use them. And also love to drink rooibos tea with ¹/2 teaspoon of ginger is is safe to use. Thanx for the article

  23. My great grandson is due the end of April 29th. and I just remembered my grand mother had me every day this herb of course I don’t remember, it was 37 years ago is there something that my daughter in-law be able to do to help with labor and delivery. By the way my child birth went well I had me daughter naturally and was in labor only 7 hrs. It was the best experience Going to day to take care of my daughter in law today.

  24. This is a really great article! I think that they have everyone too scared to take natural remedies, this article should ease some fears. I am 20 weeks pregnant now and have been having the worst nightmares of my life, I hardly sleep. Excited to know that I could drink Camille before bed. I miss drinking it and I hope it helps. Thank you for this article I can’t wait to read more.

    • Generally considered quite safe in pregnancy — there’s no known association with miscarriage to my knowledge. Best, Aviva

  25. I am 6-7 weeks pregnant. I suffer from chronic constipation. To treat this I take 1000mg of magnesuim caltrate daily or at least every other day. I read where that much magnesium is toxic for pregnancy. I do not take it I am constipated.. for days. I eat LOTS of veggies, fruits, etc. I have tried many diet tricks to no avail and I drink LOTS of water to no help. I have never found out what is causing this constipation or what helps other than the magnesium. I also have no gall bladder. So maybe it could be that. WHAT can I safely do now during pregnancy? Risk it and take the magnesium? DIET tricks? herbs? Of course herbal things like senna or aloe help. But I do not take them regularly or when pregnant. IDEAS??? thank yoU!

    • I take honey water first thing in the morning. 8 oz lucke warm water mix 1 Tbsp of RFraw honey, drink slowly. Wait 30 min to 1 h and then have breakfast.

  26. Hello, I had my first child at 46 with the help of Chinese herbs and acupuncture. Now I am pregnant at 50 and I owe that to herbs, false unicorn, comfrey, skullcap, hawthorne berry, red clover, damaina, red raspberry, dandelion root, vitex, nettle, chamomile, bromelain, On top of my age I have bad PCOS, so it is recommended that I do not stop the vitex until the end of my last trimester. I stopped the bromlain after conception and I stopped false unicorn after ovulation but I am not sure if and how to stop the other herbs. I am a clotter and have palpations from the PCOS so I have to be careful since some of the herbs help with that. Some of these herbs nourished my body so that I could conceive a healthy baby and I do not want to put that in jeopardy. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. Beth

    • Hello Beth

      I am very happy for you and for you pregnancy. I am 48 and still have not lost the hope to get pregnant again (was once at 44). You mentioned the herbs you used and helped to get pregnant, did you took them all at the same time along the period, or some at certain times? I will appreciate if you will be willing to share this info here or to my email [email protected]. Wishing you a safe, happy and healthy pregnancy and delivery. Thanks!! Amit

  27. I’m 33weeks now but have been having thrombosis hemorhoid, I want to know if mint tea will help ease the pain and if it’s safe

  28. If you could give guidance on this situation, I would be so grateful! I’ve spent hours researching online how to safely cure uti naturally without much success on finding anything that has worked. My obstetrician placed me on Keflex for seven days, but I’m still experiencing discomfort in my lower abdomen. She wants to place me on a higher dosage for another week. I’m only 11 weeks pregnant and am nervous about taking so many antibiotics during the first trimester. (I’m not one to even take headache meds when not pregnant). I found what looked like the perfect cure, D-Mannose, until I read of one study where the conclusion was that it caused birth defects in lab mice. I’ve tried juicing vegetables, drinking pure cranberry juice, eating cloves of garlic, drinking a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. I don’t know what else to do. Would you have any suggestions for me? Thank you.

  29. I am 10 weeks and this is my first pregnancy and I been having a really bad cough for a week now I was told to drink ginger lemon tea is that safe or what do u recommend? Please help!!!!!!

    • Hi Amber,
      Congratulations! Yes, this is considered safe in pregnancy. Make sure to avoid any teas that contain the herbs called coltsfoot and comfrey. Feel better!

  30. Hi there,
    I’m in my second trimester of my second pregnancy and experiencing horrible insomnia. If love to take passionflower tincture to help with my wandering mind and lack of sleep but can’t find any information on dosing. Can you recommend a safe dose of passionflower tincture? Thanks!

  31. Hello my dears
    i just have question i’m a 26 weeks pregnant and since yesterday i have got a cold i ve been coughing and its very dry so i decided to make some herbal tea home made dry rosemary and cloves and thyme a little bit of everything can someone tell me please if is safe for the baby and i

  32. Hello,

    I have had horrible insomnia since before pregnancy; needless to say, it hasn’t improved. I found a tea with chamomile, lavender & lemon balm… can you confirm the safety, by chance? Or if you have any other suggestions, I would gladly take it. 🙂 Thanks in advance!

  33. Can you share which herbs are best to prevent/treat PPD? Or provide a link to a blog or article with reputable information? Trying to avoid the prescription drugs but do not want to repeat the experience after my other child was born. This one is due in a month.

    • Hi Amy,

      This is Megan from Dr. Aviva’s team. Aviva’s book Natural Health After Birth addressees postpartum depression and if you check out the article that she wrote on Depression in Pregnancy (link below), the tips and tricks that she shares in that article are entirely appropriate to continue and use after birth. I hope this helps Amy and stay tuned for more blogs to come from Aviva on this subject!

      Megan- Dr. Aviva Romm Nutritionist

  34. Hi,
    Is rosehip syrup safe to take during pregnancy. Most sites seem to recommend rosehip tea but the only article I could find on rosehip syrup said it could cause blindness in my baby. Please advise – I have had a really bad cold and my husband made me rosehip syrup to try and help. I had two cups and now after reading the article I am so worried.

    • I’ve never heard of a problem with rosehip syrup….not sure what that article was basing that information on… But 2 cups of a syrup? That sounds like a lot — you sure that wasn’t tea? Either way, never heard of a rose hip problem! Hope you’re enjoying pregnancy! Aviva

  35. Hi,
    I am pregant. And 5th month is going on. But from the first month of pregnancy till now i m facing problem of Womting. After eating any thing even drinking fresh juice (self made) womit occurs. Due to womit my weight is decreasing day by day. I also consult with my doctor, but she said it is natural. May be it will be stopped in sith month or even goes to 9 months. You don’ have to stop your food. Due to too mch weeknes i also have cervical stiches. My womit is still not stopped.

    Ple advise if you have any best solution.

    • Hi Samar, So sorry you’re feeling unwell. Ginger is one of the best remedies for chronic vomiting in pregnancy, as is vitamin B6. and your doctor might be able to recommend a medication — either with cannabis or another products. But medical care to help you get the nutrition you need is very important.

  36. Hello. I suffer from anxiety and depression. I’m 28 weeks pregnant and a raid of going into a deeper depression after baby. Any teas that are safe to drink after I have baby? Also I do planning on breastfeeding. So I need something safe while I breastfeed. I am not taking any kind of medication for it. But eventually I feel like I’m gonna have to give in.

  37. Hi! First time pregnancy here! I’m about 5 1/2 weeks. I was drinking Pau d’arco tea daily until I found out I was pregnant – I read in some articles that it is unsafe. Is this true? I am drinking RRL now. Should I wait until 1st trimester is over? Please advise.
    Thank you!

    • Congrats on baby! It’s unlikely to have caused any harm — so while, yes, please discontinue drinking it — I wouldn’t worry. RRL after first trimester. 🙂

  38. Hi! I love rosewater, is it safe to drink during pregnancy? I’m stick of drinking plain water, I know there are other things I can add to my water but I just want rosewater. I’m 7 weeks.

  39. Good evening Aviva,

    I have just found out that I am pregnant with my second child aged 42!❤️❤️ I take vitamin B6, B12, omega 3, zinc, milkthistle, folate and magnesium – do you think that I can continue taking these supplements thought my pregnancy? What about echinacea for a cold I am brewing? I asked my GP but he wasn’t sure.
    Many thanks for your help in this matter!


    • Hi Catherine,
      While I don’t know of any reasons not to take Milk thistle while pregnant, I’d usually discontinue it. As for the other supplements, I’d switch to a prenatal vitamin that has the amounts needed in pregnancy in the right proportions. Congrats on baby! Oh and add in some fish oil!!! Echinacea is considered safe during pregnancy. Best, Aviva

  40. Hi Aviva,

    Just stumbled across your site. I’ve read through all your responses to questions, so I think mine is mostly answered but just wanted to double check on a couple of things. I’m almost 16 weeks now, and have come down with a fairly sore throat. I normally will drink a few cups of Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat tea, but it has the typical warning of consulting with a healthcare practitioner if pregnant.

    licorice root – 760mg
    slippery elm bark – 80mg
    licorice root dry aqueous extract 6:1 – 60mg
    marshmallow root – 60mg

    blend of the following – 1040mg:
    -wild cherry bark
    -bitter fennel fruit
    -cinnamon bark
    -sweet orange peel

    Any concerns, or should I be okay to drink a couple of cups a day for a few days while I sooth my sore throat? Thanks!

    • Hi Laurel, So sorry to just get to this note — I’m indunated with comments and questions and since I answer them all myself, am backlogged and don’t check every day! For a couple of few days, and not in first tri, this is ok, but not idea because licoric and wild cherry aren’t typically recommended in pregnancy. But again, 1-3 days, it’s ok. You can also gargle with salt water 2-3 times/day instead — totally safe and one of the best treatments for sore throat, and just gargle with the tea instead of drinking it — which would be safe.

  41. Hi Aviva,
    I am almost 6 weeks pregnant with my first, and right before I found out I bought a liquid iron supplement that was really recommended. It contains the Ayurvedic herbs Ashwagandha and Amla. Are these safe during pregnancy? I’ve found conflicting info online and wondered if you had any insight?


  42. Hi Aviva, I managed to check with the company who distributes the probiotics and they feedback that the turmeric is the base/medium for fermentation only, hence it’s a very negligible amount. So it should be ok to take this brand of Probiotics? Thanks for your help in this matter!

  43. Hi, I suffered with PCOS since age 15 I am now 33 and 6 weeks with child, I was using spearmint tea ( 2/3 cups per day ), inositol, omega 3 , vit d ( deficient ) plus prenatal, as this greatly reduced hirsutism and alopecia dramatically, since learning I am pregnant after 6 years, I’ve stopped spearmint tea, however, symptoms have flared up and making me extremely miserable and sore skin, is it safe to keep drinking to control hirsutism?

    • Hi Jenna,

      It would be best to speak with your midwife or Dr. about this so they best advise you in your unique pregnancy! I also have PCOS and I am so glad to hear that the spearmint tea was helping your hirsutism!! I know first hand what a battle it can be.

      Warm wishes,
      Megan- Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert

    • Hi Danielle,

      Aviva recently did a podcast on herbs in pregnancy. I highly suggest tuning in as she discusses the safest herbs to work with as you move through your pregnancy.

      Warm wishes,
      Megan- Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert

  44. Hello!

    So excited to have found this article. I am 19 weeks pregnant and am seriously craving hibiscus tea. It has always helped me relax and has helped me with heartburn which I am experiencing. I have read that it can be dangerous to drink during pregnancy. I make mine from bulk hibiscus flowers and rose hips. What are your thoughts on hibiscus? If I have a cup once in a while is that considered safe? Thank you!

  45. Hi Aviva

    I am 38 year old, I am pregnant my second baby I am 24weeks
    I am suffering from heartburn every day I can’t sleep
    And with my first child I had blood pressure then I was forced for a C- Section I was 8month
    My first born is 6 year and I told my GP I want to give birth normal this time around, please assist me what can I take to avoid that high blood because now its normal
    Can I start now with RRL Tea as well?

  46. Is there a suitable replacement for chamomile? My allergist has cautioned me from using it because it is a close relative of something I am allergic to. Insomnia is a big problem for me even before pregnancy.

  47. Hi there,
    My last pregnancy I got really sick with pneumonia and pleurisy. I want to avoid/shorten sicknesses as much as possible this pregnancy. Wondering if as a daily supplement a elderberry spray would be safe. Ingredients are black elderberry, slippery elm, echinacea purpurea aerial parts, astragalus membranaceus root, sage leaf, and propolis. Or to take for a couple days as an immunity boost while my older kiddos are sick?
    Thanks so much

    • Sage is absolutely NOT safe in pregnancy so not a safe choice. The best support is really good nutrition, making sure to be on a multi that has zinc, and a daily probiotic…. Best wishes! Aviva

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