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I've heard valerian is very effective relief for RLS (restless legs syndrome) and am wondering if anyone has tried it? I know there is some controversy about its use during pregnancy, any input? I'd love to be able to do something about RLS!

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Tell me what Restless Leg Syndrome is and maybe I can help.

ETA: My first thought is no to valerian during pregnancy. However, if this condition is something you would consider taking over the counter meds for valerian may be a better alternative. There might be another herbal solution as well. Is this something affecting the nervous system?

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i have used valerian root (mixed with other things, including skullcap) to quiet a prodromo labor (nonproductive continuing contractions which prevent sleep, aka irritable uterus).

i wouldn't use it all the time, but a once-in-a-while use should be ok. i'd do some research online to be sure (a quick search didn't unearth any major reason not to use valerian in pregnancy, but don't depend on MY lookup skills, do your homework!).

good luck and hope those legs settle down long enough so you can get some sleep.

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thanks for the reply. yep, I do remember using it once or twice in previous pregnancies, but this would be a more frequent situation. I guess I'll just have to deal with it

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a good alternative to the valerian would be a combo of crampbark/scullcap tinctures.

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valerian is o.k. to take during pregnancy.
The only precaution that is to be consider whether prego or not is not to take it for more than 2 weeks straight without a break. Side affects of too much valerian are headaches and heart palpitations.
Consider trying the scullcap like rainbowmoon said.
It is a very nice comforting herb that may help too.
Oatstraw is very nourishing to the nerves too.
Cut out caffeine, if that is something you are indulging in. HTH! Take care! Love, Laura
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A good calcium with magnesium supplement might work better first.

Yeah, valerian is fine in pregnancy, like the other mamas have noted.
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