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Hi mamas!
 

I've been told by a handful of people (my prenatal yoga teacher, friends with babies) that valerian root is a great and safe thing to take during pregnancy for insomnia.  I've been having wretched insomnia pretty much every night.  I've been living with it since I haven't had much to do these days.  But now that work is starting again (after summer break -- I work w/special-needs preschool kids), I just can't get by on such little sleep.  Especially considering the fact that I work in a severe Autism classroom... I need all the energy I can get!

 

So I went out and bought some Valerian root today and went online to see how much I should take, and everywhere online says NOT to take it during pregnancy! WTF?!??  It's too late in the evening to call my midwife, as the birth center is closed (I know, I know, I should have asked her earlier).  So I'm confused and upset right now; I was really hoping to finally take something that might work!
 

So... have any of you ladies been given the thumbs-up re: valerian root by your doctor/midwife?  If so, how much have you used, and how long before bed do you take it?

 

Thanks so much!


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I heard from one midwife that we interviewed NOT to use valerian, she recommended skullcap instead.  However, my current MW recommends valerian.... I think it's just a controversial one.  Try chamomile or skullcap until you can get an affirmative?
 

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Hi mamas!
 

I've been told by a handful of people (my prenatal yoga teacher, friends with babies) that valerian root is a great and safe thing to take during pregnancy for insomnia.  I've been having wretched insomnia pretty much every night.  I've been living with it since I haven't had much to do these days.  But now that work is starting again (after summer break -- I work w/special-needs preschool kids), I just can't get by on such little sleep.  Especially considering the fact that I work in a severe Autism classroom... I need all the energy I can get!

 

So I went out and bought some Valerian root today and went online to see how much I should take, and everywhere online says NOT to take it during pregnancy! WTF?!??  It's too late in the evening to call my midwife, as the birth center is closed (I know, I know, I should have asked her earlier).  So I'm confused and upset right now; I was really hoping to finally take something that might work!
 

So... have any of you ladies been given the thumbs-up re: valerian root by your doctor/midwife?  If so, how much have you used, and how long before bed do you take it?

 

Thanks so much!



 

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I had insomnia several years ago and I'm pretty sure that Valerian Root was a bit of a controversial thing to be taking. I have epilepsy and I think I had to steer clear of it. I tried 5HTP with Skullcap and passionflower (as one capsule) and after about 4 days I started having insanely vivid dreams and my mood deterioriated.

 

I'm not sure what gave me the vivid dreams (the Skullcap or the 5HTP), but I can only stress caution.


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Thanks for your responses!
 

I decided not to take any valerian... I think I'll continue to stay away from anything but food, water, and my prenatal vitamins smile.gif .


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