Originally Posted by LZP
Ms. Nature- do you know if it's safe to take during the weeks followin ovulation and/or once pregnancy is attained? if so, should the dosage be reduced? It seems that if it's only 'balancing" what's already present, it should be OK, right? But I'd hate to take this, and then find out we're expecting, and doing harm to our little one.
Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!
Okay this is a question I was researching for myself - when I landed at this site!
The manufacturer of the product I use has precious little to say on this particular subject - i.e., once pregnancy is attained. Although I BELIEVE I read somewhere that they had advised against taking it during pregnancy, I could not locate that advice anywhere on their site when I was looking for it.
Recently a dear friend of mine, who is just 44, found that her "friend" had gone missing. After several weeks, and one BFN, I suggested she might want to try Maca - thinking she was starting her "change" and could use some "balancing" which might restore her menses. She wanted to try it and reported to me that, right away, she felt much better on the Maca, and had more energy.
Then about 10 days ago, she told me she had RETESTED, and lo and behold - She had a BFP!!!
I immediately told her that "to be safe" she had better stop taking the Maca. Which she assured me she would do. Then I started on my "search" for more info about this.
A couple of the websites I found said that WOMEN IN PERU DO TAKE IT WHILE PREGNANT! But most websites that were SELLING it, advised against taking Maca once pregancy is achieved. (Are they worried about legal liability? Perhaps. But, since there is precious little "scientific testing" on Maca, it might be hard for even the manufacturers to advise on this.) But I found it really curious that almost to a one, those same websites that advised ceasing the dose during pregnancy, encouraged resuming the Maca for lactation.
When my friend called 2 days ago, she shared with me that "she had felt so much better when she had been taking a little Maca (about 1/6 tsp.), that she had decided to resume it." (!!!) I told her that it was, of course, her choice; and that only she could gage what was best for her.
So can it cause harm in pregnancy? I cannot answer this honestly, one way or another. What little testing there has been on Maca seems to confirm that it nourishes the regulating system that governs the body's hormones, and helps it to "balance" them. Certainly there is a lot of hormonal activity going on in pregnancy.
If I had experienced difficulty getting pregnant, and Maca "did the trick" I might
be reticent to stop the "support." HOWEVER, although I might be somewhat reassured
in the knowledge that Peruvian women are said to take it during pregnancy, I would definitely want to confirm that that this is a FACT.
If you are taking Maca and are concerned about this, there is a "question hotline" linked in the site above, and I would suggest you call them to get their expert opinion. The founders at Whole World Botanicals have first-hand contact with their associates who produce their Maca in Peru.
As for my close friend and I, we sort of share the mutual opinion that it is likely to be safe. She is reassured by how she feels. (This one will be #4 for her, and her youngest is 8! And, she certainly wasn't TTC.) But if I were pregnant, I would personally want more "confirmation" that the Peruvians, do indeed, use it prenatally, and I would want to know "for how long?"
Please be advised that I am not a doctor or an herbalist, nor do I sell Maca. But in researching possible remedies for my own health issues, I was personally convinced that Maca had undergone "longterm human use" and was safe to try; and I have been simply fascinated by the quick and satsifying results I have had with it.