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Greetings ladies! I would love to hear from any of you who took maca before and during your pregnancy. Just a bit about what I'm asking here: I have been taking maca for the past few weeks to work on straightening out some hormonal issues I've been having. I assumed it would take at least three months to see any effects but I noticed a difference right away. I've been trying to get pg my last six cycles after having a m/c in November w/o success and this month I finally fell joy.gif . Now, I was trying to decide on whether or not to continue with the maca and decided that my best course of action would be to do so as I don't want my hormones to start going nuts again in these early days before the placenta takes over by abruptly stopping. Ok, great. I've been taking 1,500 mg of maca and was going to go down to 500 mg of gelatinized maca. I was going to purchase this brand

http://shop.gaiaherbs.com/Maca-Powder-Gelatinized/p/GAIA-90C42016&c=GaiaHerbs@M-O

but there's a warning for it that states
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Warnings

This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

California law requires the above warning when certain chemicals are detected, even when levels are below U.S. federal safety guidelines. This USDA 100% Certified Organic product has been analyzed using ICP-MS equipment and validated to be well below the federal safety guidelines.

If pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a healthcare professional before use.

Keep away from children.

In my research this is the only time I've come across anything at all about birth defects or reproductive harm when it comes to maca. The only thing I can think of is they're possibly talking about the selenium that's in it. I have to wait until the weekend is over to call Gaia to ask what exactly they're talking about here as the only ingredient on the label is organic maca root shrug.gif . Who even knows if they'll tell me eyesroll.gif .

Sorry to be so brief but I must go feed my children. I'd love some thoughts on this. Will probably x-post in TTC. BBL...

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