Caution is advised with many herbs in pregnancy, and some herbs should be completely avoided. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding please refrain from using essential oils for external applications without first consulting a specialist.
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During pregnancy it is wise to avoid taking any medicines, including herbal ones.
However, some herbs are quite safe and can help with problems associated with pregnancy, like morning sickness. Again, I indicate clearly which herbs should not be taken while pregnant. The dosage for herbs that are safe in pregnancy may differ from the standard adult dose, so double check the recommendations for each herb.
Breastfeeding mothers can take the standard adult dose, but some herbs, e.g. sage and peppermint, should be avoided. This is because the active constituents of the herbs will be present in the mother’s milk and ingested by the infant. Such herbs are clearly indicated throughout the text.
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