FAQ- Using Herbs During Pregnancy

Since we’re looking at all things related to our Pregnancy formulas this month, we thought we’d take a look at using herbs in pregnancy. This is a question many mothers’s have, and rightly so. We want to provide our baby’s with the healthiest place to grow and thrive! There is a lot of misinformation about using herbs during pregnancy and wading it all is overwhelming.

Empower and Educate

The best way to feel confident and secure in your use of herbs during pregnancy is to empower and educate yourself. We feature Shonda Parker’s book Naturally Healthy Pregnancy. Shonda is an herbalist, and childbirth educator. Shonda helped us formulate most of our Pregnancy & nursing formulas. This book is a lovely guide for pregnancy. It covers diet, herbal use, and tips to manage difficulties such as nausea. It’s many a mother’s favorite resource.
Naturally Healthy PregnancyJeanna says this about the book:

“Love & Share this book often!!! As a home educating(my eldest finished high school @16, had her Assoc of Science in Math & Science @18), biology teaching mom of 6 precious children, I learned from and used this (1st Edition)book well! I love to share it with the mom who is afraid of “herbs” and with she who uses them regularly.”

Shonda also has a wealth of resources on her website, www.naturallyhealthy.org. Vintage Remedies, HANE, and Sage Mountain are also great resources to learn more about herbal use.
Another amazing resource that we always take part in is the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. This bundle is full of eBooks, courses, and freebies. There are great resources for pregnancy here as well. Make sure to register for our newsletter for be the first to know about this deal.

Finding a Knowledgeable Practitioner

Finding a practitioner knowledgeable about herbs can be a huge asset. Many midwives and doulas are also trained in herbalism. It’s important to ask questions about their training to be sure they can confidently help you.
Birth practitioners are usually quite well connected with one another. If you first meet someone who isn’t as knowledgeable as you want, a good practitioner will be more than willing to help you find someone that’s going to be the best fit. Birth practitioners want you to be comfortable, don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions if you want someone more knowledgeable with herbs.
Your local herbal apothecary or herbal tea brand can often help you find someone as well. Often local farmers are also connected with practitioners so asking around at the Farmer’s Market could also be beneficial.

TriLight and Pregnancy

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Obviously, we have our whole line of Pregnancy formulas. These formulas are all midwife approved & pregnancy safe. You can check out brief information on each of these formulas here.
Some of our other formulas may also be appropriate to use during pregnancy. This should be determined with a practitioner taking your unique case and pregnancy in mind.
One of our most frequently asked questions is if Worm Out can be used during pregnancy. We do not recommend Worm Out to be used during pregnancy.

Common Herbs to AVOID During Pregnancy

There are some herbs that practitioners by and large agree should be avoided during pregnancy. Some of these herbs are actually commonly used to help increase fertility or bring about labor, but are to be avoided during pregnancy itself.
These include:
Blue Cohosh
Ephedra
Goldenseal
Mistletoe
Pennyroyal
Rue
Saw Palmetto
Tansy
We hope this helps answer questions you might have regarding using TriLight’s products, and other herbs, during pregnancy. What are your favorite herbs and formulas to use during pregnancy? Let us know in the comments below!
Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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