An increasing number of pregnant women are turning to natural and ayurvedic medicines during pregnancy to avoid intake of chemicals and drugs. These herbs are not only great healers and supplements but are also gentle and safe for both the mom and the baby.
Such herbs are used to treat not only the symptom of nausea, urinary tract infections, constipation, cold/flu but also for health promotion and preparation for birth.
Medical experts are now agreeing that use of certain herbs during pregnancy improve the health of both the mother and child without any side effects. So if you have conducted a home pregnancy test or sugar pregnancy test and found that you’re pregnant, you should start using the herbs below for a healthy pregnancy.
We have shortlisted a list of most safe and potent herbs for our pregnant readers:
1) Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica)
This herb is, without doubt, one of the best herbs for women. It is beneficial to every woman – young or old, pregnant or not. Herbalists advise drinking Nettle leaf tea at least 3-4 times a week. Nettles is a powerful incredible tonic. It has more chlorophyll than any other plant. Chlorophyll is just 1 molecule away from haemoglobin. Pregnant women can use Nettle leaf tea to produce the extra blood. Pregnant women anyway suffer from anaemia during pregnancy. Nettles also contains a plethora of life-enhancing vitamins A, C, D, and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, and sulphur.
Nettle tea is a kidney tonic and diuretic which can help pregnant women with edema. Nettle also help in leg cramps due to pregnancy owing to it high magnesium content. It has a high concentration of calcium which further helps in making stronger bones. It also helps in managing pain during and after natural childbirth.
Nettle is also a source of Vitamin K which can help prevent haemorrhage after birth.
The mild astringent quality also reduces the likelihood of haemorrhoids and improves venous resilience.
Nettle leaf also increases the breast milk production.
2) Red Raspberry Leaves (Rubus ideaus)
Red raspberry leaf helps uterine tone and makes natural delivery easier.
Red raspberry is rich in minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium and iron.
Red Rasberry expedites labour and even minimises common birth complications that lead to medical interventions.
Red raspberry leaves contain an alkaloid called fragrine which strengthens the muscles of the pelvic region. This prevents miscarriages and haemorrhage.
Drinking red raspberry leaf tea helps in alleviating symptoms like morning sickness, nausea, and stomach distress throughout pregnancy. The toning quality of this herb along with its high mineral content makes it a great post-partum herb as it can support the repositioning and toning of the uterus and the production of rich and healthy breast milk.
3) Milky Oat Tops (Avena sativa)
Milky oat tops can be a great pre-natal diet. Oatstraw and milky oat tops contain vitamins A, C, E, & B and the minerals calcium, zinc, iron, and magnesium.
Oats, milky oat tops, and oatstraw all act upon the nervous system as a nourishing tonic and has a normalizing effect on the entire physiology. This is especially important during pregnancy when there are big changes going on in a woman’s body, relationships, and her life. The relaxing, moistening, and nourishing qualities of oatstraw ease emotions like fear, anxiety, and can help with nervous stress, exhaustion, and insomnia. Rosemary recommends that women take oatstraw or oat grain baths during pregnancy or to make oat milk from soaking raw oats as a soothing and healing facial.