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Does anyone know if these two herbs are safe to take during pregnancy?
Before I got pregnant, I would occasionally take melatonin if I couldn't sleep at night and it would really help me. When I got pregnant, my doctor said they didn't know if it was safe or not, so I shouldn't take it. The same thing with Valerian Root. They said I should just take Tylenol PM.
I would much rather take something natural like melatonin or Valerian Root then Tylenol PM.

I've done some of my own research online and pretty much all I find are articles saying that while both are probably safe, there have been no studies, so it's best to not use them.

Are there any homeopathic experts out there who can help me?

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So I'm confused--are you taking some kind of homeopathic valerian then? Or just valerian root in a tincture or capsule form? Valerian is safe during pregnancy; not sure about melatonin.
You might want to consider Skullcap tincture or tea. It's completely safe during pregnancy, and is fabulous for insomnia.

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my mw recommended melatonin
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I've read many times online anyway that melatonin is not recommended during pg, as it had not been studied enough.
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My midwives included a sheet in their package titled:
Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy

Valerian is on this list.

You might want to check: Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Years by Susan Weed


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I always used calms forte by hylands.

Get some teething tablets while you are there. You will need them w/in the next year or so.
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I remember hearing that melatonin was not safe during pregnancy

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