You wanted to know if you can ingest certain types of herbal supplements during pregnancy and I do, ultimately, suggest talking with your OB provider and, based on their knowledge of your circumstances, they can have a conversation with you about whether or not that product is safe for use during pregnancy. Here’s the thing – we can’t ethically study herbal supplements or medications and determine if they’re 100% safe to use during pregnancy. Most of what we learn is learned in retrospect, meaning there’s women who have taken certain medications and then we see if there are side effects for her or for her unborn baby. All medications are grouped into a category system – pregnancy category A, B, C, D, X, and N, and each one has different implications. For example, pregnancy category A means that there are no known risks or side effects associated with that medication and it being taken during pregnancy. Other categories are more risky because there are either known side effects associated with taking it during pregnancy or we just don’t know and it should be avoided. The best rule of thumb is just to avoid anything that hasn’t been prescribed or recommended by your doctor. Keep in mind that herbal supplements are not subject to all the testing that other medications are that have been approved by the FDA and so they aren’t put into pregnancy categories. We don’t know the side effects associated with taking them. So, in all, it’s just best to avoid anything that’s not prescribed to you by your doctor. If you have any other questions in the future for me, feel free to ask them on our Facebook page at facebook.com/IntermountainMoms and recommend us to your friends and family too.

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