on another thread someone mentioned that Fengureek is not to be taken during pregnancy but you can take other galactagogues (Blessed Thistle, Marshellow, etc ). why is that?
the only thing i've come arcoss was on the MDC board:
One of the reason many galactagogues are contraindicated in pregnancy is because they promote the production of Oxytocin, which can trigger contractions. However, there are very few Oxytocin receptors in the uterus early in pregnancy. They increase over time. In principle, Oxytocin should not trigger labor until you are ready because there aren't enough Oxytocin receptors.
If you have a history of early or "short" delivery you may want to avoid anything that may increase the production of Oxytocin. Kellymom will let you know how many contractions in how short a period of time may be of concern. BTW, this is another good reason to drink a lot of water. For some reason dehydration may make you more prone to BH contractions.
Nursing itself helps produce Oxytocin so some doctors recommend against nursing during pregnancy.http://www.mothering.com/discussions...php?p=11357051
since nursing does produce oxytocin (and you can nurse throughout your entire pregnancy) then why is it concern if a galactagogue produces oxytocin?
i also found this from Dr Jay Gordons website
Sometimes a mom finds herself needing to maintain a supply in order to nurse through a pregnancy. In some cases mom finds that the supply and demand system works out nicely and they have no problems nursing right through pregnancy. In other cases mom finds she needs a little help. There are mild galactagogues that are safe to take in pregnancy. These herbs can also be used in combination of two or three.
Nettle up to 2 capsules 3 times a day
Blessed Thistle up to 3 capsules 3 times a day
Dill up to 2 ml tincture 3 times a day
Marshmallow up to 4 capsules 3 times a day
DO NOT take fenugreek, fennel, or alfalfa while pregnant.http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/bf/galact.asp
this website says Fenugreek is a uterine stimulant. that's the first time i've heard Fenugreek having that effect.http://www.holistic-herbalist.com/ga...ion-herbs.html
any thoughts? anyone use any galactagogues during pregnancy and experience "uterine stimulant"?