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Herbs to be completely avoided during pregnancy
Aloe Vera: The leaves are strongly purgative and should not be taken internally.
Arbor vitae (Thuja occidentalis): A uterine and menstrual stimulant that could damage the fetus.
Autumn crocus (Colichicum autumnale): Can affect cell division and lead to birth defects.
Barberry (Berberis vulgaris): Contains high levels of berberine, known to stimulate uterine contractions.
Basil oil: A uterine stimulant; use only during labour.
Beth root (Trillium erectum): A uterine stimulant; use only during labour.
Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosus): May lead to premature contractions; avoid unless under professional guidance. Safe to use during childbirth.
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis): A uterine stimulant that in quite small doses also causes vomiting.
Blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides): A uterine stimulant to avoid unless under professional guidance. Safe to use during childbirth.
Broom (Cytisus scoparius): Causes uterine contractions so should be avoided during pregnancy; in parts of Europe it is given after the birth to prevent blood loss.
Bugleweed (Lycopus virginicus): Interferes with hormone production in the pituitary gland, so best avoided.
Clove oil: A uterine stimulant used only during labour.
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale): Contains toxic chemicals that will cross the placenta; do not take internally.
Cotton root (Gossypium herbaceum): Uterine stimulant traditionally given to encourage contractions during a difficult labour, but rarely used medicinally today.
Devil's claw (Harpagophytum procumbens): Uterine stimulant, oxytocic.
Dong quai (Angelica polymorpha var. sinensis): Uterine and menstrual stimulant, best avoided during pregnancy; ideal after childbirth.
False unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum): A hormonal stimulant to avoid unless under professional guidance.
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium): Uterine stimulant; may cause premature contractions.
Golden seal (Hydrastis canadensis): Uterine stimulant; may lead to premature contractions but safe during childbirth.
Greater celandine (Chelidonium majus): Uterine stimulant; may cause premature contractions.
Juniper and juniper oil (Juniperus communis): A uterine stimulant; use only during labour.
Lady's mantle (Alchemilla xanthoclora): A uterine stimulant; use only in labour.
Liferoot (Senecio aureus): A uterine stimulant containing toxic chemicals that will cross the placenta.
Mistletoe (Viscum album): A uterine stimulant containing toxic chemicals that may cross the placenta.
Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris): A uterine stimulant that may also cause birth defects; avoid unless under professional guidance. Also avoid when breastfeeding.
American pennyroyal (Hedeoma pulegioides): Reputed uterine stimulant to be avoided during pregnancy.
European pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium): A uterine stimulant that may also cause birth defects; avoid unless under professional guidance. Also avoid when breastfeeding.
Peruvian bark (Cinchona officinalis): Toxic; excess may cause blindness and coma. Used to treat malaria and given during pregnancy only to malaria sufferers under professional guidance.
Pokeroot (Phytolacca decandra): May cause birth defects.
Pseudoginseng (Panax notoginseng): May cause birth defects.
Pulsatilla (Anemone pulsatilla): Menstrual stimulant best avoided during pregnancy; limited use during lactation.
Rue (Ruta graveolens): Uterine and menstrual stimulant; may cause premature contractions.
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum): A uterine stimulant that may also cause birth defects.
Shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris:A uterine stimulant; use only during labour.
Southernwood (Artemisia abrotanum): A uterine stimulant that may also cause birth defects; avoid unless under professional guidance. Also avoid when breastfeeding.
Squill (Urginea maritima): A uterine stimulant that may also cause birth defects.
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare): A uterine stimulant that may also cause birth defects.
Wild yam (Diascorea villosa): A uterine stimulant to avoid unless under professional guidance; safe during labour.
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthum): A uterine stimulant that may also cause birth defects; avoid unless under professional guidance. Also avoid when breastfeeding.


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