Superstar Pregnancy Herbs

Herbal Tonics for Pregnancy

 If you are pregnant or have been sometime in the past,  then you will undoubtedly have heard the question “Are you taking your vitamins?”  It is true that pregnant women do require extra supplementation to ensure that the baby and mother are healthy and thriving, but two of the most beneficial supplements are either overlooked or not even considered.  These two, what I call my pregnancy superheroines, are nettle and red raspberry leaf.

 Nettle (urtica dioica) has become much more popular in the last few years.  It is a common plant that grows abundantly in hedgerows as well as in hotter climes like here in Spain.  It is an amazing plant that has many, many medicinal and tonic properties- not only for pregnancy.  For example, it contains vitamins A, C, D and K.  It also contains calcium and iron among other minerals.

 Specifically for pregnancy, though, nettle helps in:

  • aiding the kidneys
  • increasing fertility in men and women
  • providing nourishment to both mother and fetus
  • easing leg cramps and muscle spasms
  • diminishing pain during and after birth
  • preventing hemorrhage after birth
  • reducing hemorrhoids
  • increasing richness and amount of breastmilk

 

Raspberry Leaf is another superstar.  Apart from vitamins A, C, D and E it also contains absorbable forms of calcium and iron.

It aids pregnancy by:

  • increasing fertility in men and women
  • preventing miscarriage and hemorrhage
  • easing of morning sickness
  • reducing pain during labor and after birth
  • providing a safe and speedy birth
  • helping to bring down undelivered placenta
  • assisting in production of plentiful breast milk

 As you can see, these two plants are wonderful for before, during and after pregnancy!

I tend to make strong infusions of a combination of the two herbs.  I’ll boil a big pot of water at night, maybe 2-3 liters and then add a big handful each of nettle and raspberry leaf.  I’ll then leave the herb to infuse overnight, and when I wake up I have a big batch of gorgeous dark green tea for the day.  Sometimes I drink it warm with a drop of stevia and sometimes I like it iced with some lemon or lime squeezed in for variety.  It is certainly very refreshing that way and a nice change from water.

 Information from The Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun S. Weed.

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I wholeheartedly recommend this book for any woman, whether she has decided to have children or not.  It is an amazing source of information on the reproductive cycle and the herbs themselves.

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