Natural herbs to avoid during pregnancy

American pennyroyal: (Hedeoma pulegioides) Reputed uterine stimulant
European pennyroyal: (Mentha pulegium) Uterine stimulant; may cause birth defects; also avoid during breastfeeding
Peruvian bark: (Cinchona officinalis) Toxic; may cause blindness and coma; used as malaria treatment under professional guidance
Pokeroot: (Phytolacca decandra) May cause birth defects
Pseudoginseng: (Panax notoginseng) May cause birth defects
Pulsatilla: (Anemone pulsatilla) Menstrual stimulant

Rue: (Ruta graveolens) Uterine and menstrual stimulant; may cause premature contractions

Sassafras: (Sassafras albidum) Uterine stimulant; may cause birth defects
Shepherd's purse: (Capsella bursa-pastoris) Uterine stimulant; use only during labor
Southernwood: (Artemisia abrotanum) Uterine stimulant; may cause birth defects; also avoid during breastfeeding
Squill: (Urginea maritima) Uterine stimulant; may cause birth defects

Tansy: (Tanacetum vulgare) Uterine stimulant; may cause birth defects

Wild yam: (Diascorea villosa) Uterine stimulant; safe during labor
Yarrow: (Artemisia absinthum) Uterine stimulant; may cause birth defects; also avoid when breastfeeding

Has your health provider recommended herbal remedies and tonics during pregnancy? Did they list herbs to avoid during pregnancy?

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