I have herpes and to avoid outbreaks, I take large doses of Lysine as soon as I start to feel an outbreak coming on. Also, if I feel a cold coming on, I take large doses of Echinacea to ward off the cold. Are these things safe while pregnant and how much does the dosage matter?
Lysine is not recommended for pregnancy. Acyclovir and valacyclovir are safe for pregnancy and should be prescribed by your midwife or doctor. Echinacea is probably safe, but as with any medication, should be minimized during pregnancy.
-- Cynthia, CNM