Herbs to Avoid While Trying to Conceive - Medical Monday

There are many, many things on the market that you can take to boost preconception health and help you become pregnant. You can buy them in the health food store, in the drug stores, in the supermarkets, online and more. If they are a supplement or an herb, there is no FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval needed. They are not tested for efficacy or for genuineness, or even for possible deleterious effects.

In other words, you won't know whether these herbs/supplements are good for you, helpful for your quest in having a baby, or a waste of money at best and harmful at worst.

Herbs: Before and During Pregnancy

Advice for Males and Females ~ Beware – Not All Are Safe

Many herbs can negatively affect male and female fertility as well as health during
pregnancy. Please notify your physician of all herbs and supplements you are currently taking or are
considering taking. Because product purity and dosage cannot be guaranteed in the United States for herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other supplements, they are not completely without risk.

The guidelines that apply to safe herbs during pregnancy only hold true when intake remains low- no more than 16 oz per day for each of the safe teas and according to manufacturer’s labels on others. Many teas have tannins which bind to iron and folate and will reduce your iron and folate storage. 

Herbs /Supplements that Should be Safe for Preconception & Pregnancy

Bottom line: this is something you'll want to discuss in consult with your physician.

Resource: Ogle, Amy and Lisa Mazzullo. Before Your Pregnancy-A 90 Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception. New York: Random House, 2011.


Topics: pregnancy, Health, Conception, Medical Mondays, Supplements

Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.

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