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post #21 of 36
Would echinacea fit in here? I use it when not pregnant too but when pregnant, I HATE to get sick. So I take three a day until the person/people who are sick around me stop showing signs. I just took it when my husband had the flu and didn't catch it for once
post #22 of 36
Great list so far ladies!

Evening primrose oil - helps to ripen the cervix. At 36 weeks 1000 mg capsules orally in the AM and PM; after 38 weeks 2 additional capsules as vaginal suppositories.

Actaea Racem Compositum (EZ Birth) - homepathic remedy containing caulophyllum, cimicifuga, arnica, pulsatilla and gelsemium; take twice daily from 37 weeks, 3-5 pellets. Results in an average of 5 hours shorter labour and lower rate of difficult births (UK double blind placebo controlled study)
post #23 of 36
Thread Starter 
muttix - sure

Organic - i cant believe i forgot EPO, thanks for filling that in! its great for so many things!
and ive never heard of Actaea Racem Compositum but im going to look for it now! thanks for the info!
post #24 of 36
Thread Starter 


im wondering if we should make this a sticky so it doesnt get lost?! its a really great resource and then we wont have lots of threads asking for help on stuff like MS because the answers will be right here!
post #25 of 36
Originally Posted by Spirulina&Sage View Post
muttix - sure

Organic - i cant believe i forgot EPO, thanks for filling that in! its great for so many things!
and ive never heard of Actaea Racem Compositum but im going to look for it now! thanks for the info!
I swear by Actaea Racem Compositum, my first labour was 5 hours from the time my water broke to the time my son was born.... not bad for a first timer!
post #26 of 36
So my youngest daughter who we called Typhoid Issy brought home some more crud that I've now caught, this time with snot, low grade fever and a sore throat plus general yuck feeling. Any natural recommendations for dealing with that? I'm thinking some green tea with honey in the morning but that's about as far as my natural notions go. It's not an area I know much about. I've just been popping tylenol every 5 hours or so. I'm really worried about the fall/winter. We went round and round with strep last year. Ugh.
post #27 of 36
Hi! I just posted this on another thread...my cure for insomnia:
I have had terrible insomnia with previous pregnancies until I started practicing Hypbirth cds. They are a homestudy course for using hypnosis during birth. I bought them used on ebay for $90 and then sold them back when I was done for $95. I am bidding on Hypnobabies for this pregnancy because I have heard that it is better about teaching you to use it while moving around during labor. Hypbirth teaches you to lay still which worked fine for me during early labor (I took a nap while listening to the cds from about 3-5pm with baby being born at 8pm) but by transition, I was not having it. Anyway, it worked for me. Everytime I would wake up, I would put on a cd and go right back to sleep. I remember thinking often that even if it didn't do anything during birth, it was well worth it for the sleep!! HTH!
post #28 of 36

Herbs for pregnancy and after

During your second trimester you can make a vitamin and mineral nutritive tea which will help you and your baby. But you must be careful what you put in this tea. Some ingredients are still not to be used until the last few weeks. Be sure to consult the list below before you use anything.

Your tea should be:

one part red raspberry leaf

two parts nettle leaf

two parts alfalfa grass

four parts of spearmint

two parts of oatstraw

one part horsetail

three parts lemon balm leaf

Pour one cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of this mix, let it sit for 15 minutes and then strain it. You can make up to 8 cups at once and store in a glass bottle in the refrigerator. Drink it hot or iced with honey or plain.

You might to start rubbing your belly with oil in order to prevent stretch marks. Once you have stretch marks, they are almost impossible to get rid of, so prevention is the best policy. To create your anti-mark oil mix:

two tablespoons of almond oil

ten drops of borage seed oil

six drops of lavender essential oil

five drops of tangerine essential oil.

Rub one Tbs. on your belly once a day. Gently.

Third Trimester

Now you can stop your nutritional tea for a while....About six weeks before your due date you should drink three cups of red raspberry tea daily to help tone the uterus and make your labor easier. Many people start drinking red raspberry tea earlier or throughout their entire pregnancy, however, this can reverse the effect of the herb and perhaps increase the pain or length of labor.

The Birth

When the labor starts take:
10 drops of Motherwort tincture every hour for up to four hours.
Plus 10 drops of Black Cohosh every hour for up to four hours.

After the baby is delivered you can take:
Valerian, Catnip and Scullcap tea or tincture. Take only one cup every four hours for up to three cups in one day. That is it. No more. This will lower your blood pressure which is OK for people with normal blood pressure. Don’t let it worry you. It will go back to normal when you stop drinking the tea.

Herbs to avoid and information about some Herbs for you

Avoid these during pregnancy:

From the material concerning bitters already covered, it is clear that the general metabolic stimulation and especially that of smooth muscle and the emmenagogue results, are contra-indicated during pregnancy. All strong bitters should be excluded, with especial attention to :
Artemisia abrotanum Southernwood
Artemisia absinthium Wormwood
Artemisia vulgare Mugwort
Berberis vulgaris Barberry
Chelidonium majus Celandine
Hydrastis canadensis Golden SealRuta graveolens Rue
Tanacetum parthenium Feverfew
Tanacetum vulgare Tansy

Alkaloid containing plants
Alkaloids are a diverse group of secondary plant constituents that have a wide range of pharmacological impact upon the body. The stronger representatives are to be avoided, including the caffeine containing social drugs Coffee and Tea. These include :
Berberis vulgaris Barberry
Colchicum autumnale Autumn crocus
Hydrastis canadensis Golden Seal
Podophyllum peltatum Mandrake
Sanguinaria canadensis Blood root
Sarothamnus scoparius Broom

Oil containing plants
Many of the essential oils can have a devastating impact on the placenta and foetus is taken internally during pregnancy. Avoid all Essential oils internally. However, the whole plant that the oil was distilled from will usually be fine if used in moderation. Important exceptions are:
Juniperus communis Juniper
Mentha pulegium Pennyroyal
Myristica officinalis Nutmeg (in large amounts)
Thuja occidentalis Arbor vitae

Anthraquinone Laxatives
The strong herbal laxatives often owe their effects to the presence of anthraquinones that stimulate peristalsis in the bowel. They may have a similar stimulating impact upon the uterus. If a laxative is needed during pregnancy it should be either a bulk or hepatic laxative.
Cassia senna SennaRhamnus catharticus Purging Buckthorn
Rhamnus frangula Alder Buckthorn
Rhamnus purshiana Cascara Sagrada

There are other plants that should be avoided which do not fit into such convenient categories. Some are listed here. Male Fern is an example of an anthelmintic remedy for the treatment of worm infestations.
Cinchona spp. Peruvian Bark
Phytolacca spp. Poke
Dryopteris felix-mas Male Fern
Gossypium herbaceum Cotton-RootViscum album Mistletoe

Toxic herbs like: tansy, rue, spikenard, pennyroyal, cottonroot bark, mistletoe, coltsfoot, comfrey, and goldenseal
Menstruation inducing herbs like: angelica, birthroot, black cohosh, blue cohosh, don quai, motherwort, pennyroyal, parsley and yarrow
Strong herbs for specific illnesses: cayenne. coffee, goldenseal, senna, angelica, buckthorj bark, osha root, ephedra, echinacea, valerian
The following spices (and in their “herbal preparation” form) should also be avoided: Basil, Caraway Seed , Celery Seed ,Ginger ,Fresh Horseradish, Savory, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Saffron, Sage, Parsley, Tarragon, Thyme, flax seed, aloe, licorice

Doesn't make food sound as tasty, but considering the end result well worth exercising a little caution. There is a famous pizza store in Texas where women go in the last weeks of pregnancy. It is said that eating the man’s fresh pizza (he makes it with fresh basil, thyme, and savory and marjoram) causes the woman to go into labor. Many women go there to “plan” their birth-day.

Herbs to use in pregnancy – these are OK

Black Haw - Used as a threatened miscarriage prevention
Blessed Thistle - Reduces risk of hemorrhage during childbirth and increases mother’s milk.
Burdock Root - Nourishing herb for weak uterus, often uses to ease childbirth.
Chamomile Flowers - Used of uplifting the spirits and relaxation
Cramp Bark - Used at the first sign of a miscarriage.
Dandelion - Highest food source of vitamin A, calcium and iron. Nourishes and tones the system and eliminates excess water.
Ginger Root - A morning sickness and stomach remedy. Not all people enjoy or are benefited by this herb, however. Give it a try. Also used for colds, sore throats and flus during pregnancy.
Lady’s Mantle Leaf - European “women’s herb”. Tones the uterus, reduces hemorrhaging during childbirth, helps settle stomach and helps against morning sickness.
Lemon Balm Leaf - Very calming and relaxing herb, also milk anti-depressant. Can reduce effects of allergies and helps the digestion.
Nettle - Rich in calcium, iron and many minerals and vitamins. Good for restoring energy.
Oat Straw - Calms nervous tension and stress. Good remedy for yeast infections dur9ing pregnancy.
Red Raspberry Leaf - Tones and nourishes the uterine muscles. Restores energy after childbirth.
Slippery Elm Bark - Good for mucous membrane complaints during pregnancy, colds, flus and all infections.
Squaw vine - Uterine toner.

Angelica - indices uterine contractions, helps expel the placenta. Used for a slow birth.
Black Cohosh - A uterine stimulator and relaxant. Often used with blue cohosh in the last weeks of pregnancy to prepare the uterus for childbirth.
Blue Cohosh - Menstruation promoting herb. (see above)
Motherwort - Use to prepare the uterus the last week of childbirth. Uterine stimulant.
Shepherd’s Purse - Curbs excess bleeding during childbirth.
Yarrow - Used with shepherd’s purse as an anti-hemorrhaging herb.
post #29 of 36

My tips

I'm carrying twins this time and wish I'd known some of this stuff when I was pregnant with my first child.

Here are a few tips I have. Get lots of rest and water. Around the second and third trimester make sure you get plenty of calcium in your diet since recent studies have shown a correlation between low calcium intake and pre-eclampsia. Stay away from high or concentrated doses of Rosemary as it has been used to jump start periods in the past. For swelling use some epsom or sea salts in water that is as cold as you can comfortably stand it. I saw rasberry tea mentioned lots here already but it's good enough to mention again
post #30 of 36
so much wonderful and comprehensive info!

i'd like to add dock (i use the fresh, wild-crafted leaf) as a wonderful iron supplement. i also take a spoonful of organic blackstrap molasses to up the iron as well.
post #31 of 36
Thank you...Thank you....Thank you....
I've been using homepathics and herbal remedies since I was a kid but with my first pregnancy I've steared clear of everything for fear of the unknown (and since there's no one knowledgable in my area who also uses them to check with-I live in VERY rural Arkansas) This is just what I've been looking for. I muddled through morning/all day sickness until my 14th week and now it's heartburn! Yippie for good info from like minded momma's!!!!
post #32 of 36
What great suggestions and input! I use peppermint oil more than anything else...but haven't had to use it for nausea, I use it for headaches.
I also have a friend who was having some swelling and edema in her ankles and feet in her last trimester and her midwife recommended emergenC or Vitamin C. IT made a drastic improvement almost immediately.
post #33 of 36
shatavari - what almost all pregnant women in india take. nourishes and tonifies the uterus, the baby and the nervous and endocrine systems entirely.
post #34 of 36

Itchy Belly

Does anyone have any suggestions for an itchy belly from stretch marks. I have lotions with vitamin E, coco butter, etc, I am currently placing a cold rag to eleviate the itch but cannot do this all the time, I even bought some homeopathic itch cream for psoriasis, but that is not working.

thanks for any suggestions!!!!
post #35 of 36
aloe gel helped my itchy belly immensely.
post #36 of 36
maybe calendula(spell?) cream? I'm sorry mama....that sound frustrating!
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