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Be careful with herbs during your pregnancy

  1. Herbs are ideal seasoning for cooking. However, with some herbs you have to be careful when you are pregnant.

  1. You probably knew that you cannot eat and drink everything during your pregnancy. But you also have to be careful with a number of herbs and especially herbal preparations as a seasoning. Many herbs contain the aroma substances estragole, methyl eugenol and / or safrole (so-called allylalkoxybenzenes). These substances have not been proven to be harmful to humans, but because they have already been found to be harmful in animals, people are advised to be careful with these substances and therefore with the herbs that contain these substances. If you are pregnant, this advice applies extra of course!

Herbal preparations

  1. Herbal preparations are for example pills, capsules or oils. They often contain a high dose of a certain herb. It is better not to take the herbal preparations below when you are pregnant, for example because they contain a lot of estragole, methyl eugenol or safrole: â € ¢ Absinthe wormwood â € ¢ Aloe â € ¢ Anise â € ¢ Tansy â € ¢ Dong quai â € ¢ Ephedra â € ¢ Butterbur â € ¢ Kava kava â € ¢ Cucumber herb â € ¢ Sassafras â € ¢ Comfrey â € ¢ Fennel Herbal preparations containing fenugreek, nigelle, feverfew, senna and hawthorn should be taken as little as possible.


  1. Ephedra is an herb that has been banned since 2004. Yet you can still illegally buy preparations containing ephedra, for example on the internet. Sometimes it is written as ephedra. Small amounts of ephedra increase the risk of stroke, myocardial infarction and high blood pressure in young, healthy people.

Kava kava

  1. Also kava kava is an herb that has been banned since 2002. Kava kava can cause serious and irreversible liver damage. Sometimes with death as a result. People have already died from drinking kava kava drink.

Culinary herbs

  1. Various kitchen herbs also contain a relatively large number of potentially harmful substances when used separately, so not in preparation form. These herbs are best taken in moderation. This is true for: â € ¢ Anise â € ¢ Basil â € ¢ Dragon â € ¢ Cinnamon â € ¢ Sage â € ¢ Fennel Products derived from this, such as certain teas and pesto, are also better to eat or drink in moderation. Fennel tea and anise tea in particular are often advised to pregnant women, for example to promote the production of breast milk. This effect is unproven, and you do not need to drink the tea. It is difficult to say exactly how much 'in moderation' exactly is. This has to do with the fact that much is still unclear: it is not yet clear exactly how harmful the substances are to humans (let alone during pregnancy) and if so, in what amount they are harmful. The amounts of a substance also differ from herb to herb. The advice above is therefore a precautionary advice, which means that you should not take too many of the herbs mentioned as a precaution. Normal use does not seem to harm and you certainly do not have to worry if you have used the mentioned herbs normally during your pregnancy.

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