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.