I don’t know about you, but I want to prepare my body anyway possible for the big “labor” day. At the very least, it doesn’t hurt. I’ve been trying to add some herbs into my everyday diet to help things out with labor, comfort, etc. There are 4 herbs that I’m going to mention that have been highly regarded by herbalists and used safely by preggers for 100s of years. Any of the herbs I suggest can be eaten as a vegetable or taken as a tea, tincture, or capsule.
Red Raspberry Leaf: This is the best all around herb for a healthy pregnancy. It’s rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. Red raspberry strengthens and tones the uterus, cleanses mucus membranes, helps with constipation, eases morning sickness, and assists in milk production. Most midwives and OB-GYNs recommend drinking it in the 2nd trimester and on since it can trigger some uterine cramping. Be sure to check with doctor if you’re unsure. For a tea, try this.
Alfalfa: Alfalfa is rich in organic salt, an important source of Vitamin K, high in iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, C, and E. It is a mild blood cleanser and is recommended in late pregnancy because it promotes proper blood clotting, thereby reducing the risk of postpartum hemorrhage. In fact, my midwife has me taking it in a capsule, 6-10 times daily, in the last 8 weeks of pregnancy. This will replace my Vitamin K shot.
Nettles: This is rich in biochealated iron, calcium, protein, and other nutrients. Drinking a daily dose of nettles nourishes and strengthens the kidneys, noursihes the mother and fetus, diminishes leg cramps (woohoo!) and childbirth pain, prevents hemorrhage after birth, reduces hemorrhoids, and increases the amount of mother’s milk.
Dandelion: A tonic herb commonly used for pregnant women. It provides vitamins A and C, iron calcium, potassium, and numerous trace elements. The root helps boost liver function, allowing that organ to detoxify the blood. The leaf is a diuretic much loved for its help in alleviating water retention during pregnancy. You can take this as a tea, capsules, or tincture.