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a quick thread to ask about safety and experiences?
what have you taken to help you sleep or overcome a headache at night?

i remember my midwife had me taking small doses of a valerian tincture at the end of my last pregnancy, its hard to find good information- now i look it up online and all the mainstreamsources automatically nix herb because,well you know how it is- if you cant patent them, you cant make money,so you ought to give them a bad reputation!

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Valerian

Passion Flower

Melatonin (not herbal, i know)

any opinions?

if it matters, i am only 8 weeks and still nursing my first.

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Valerian knocks me out way too much, but I really like Hyland's Calms Forte homeopathic formula. Or sometimes I take homeopathic Coffea Cruda if I feel jumpy and wired. I know that melatonin is bad if TTC but not sure about if you are pg.

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When I was pregnant my midwife suggested skullkap. I used it at night for insomnia and it worked really well - no groggniess in morning, just nice, restful sleep.
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I've noticed that since I've been taking magnesium supplements to help with preterm labor, I've been sleeping a lot better too! I have a vague recollection of there being a correlation between the two but can't remember where I heard that or read it on the net.

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I second skullcap. Susun Weed recommends it in her book and it works well w/o the hangover that valerian gives me. ALso great for headaches. And any kind of pain, including labor
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*magnesium~ a safe, effective, natural muscle and nerve relaxant . Very helpful w/ sleep issues! 500 mg at bedtime is a good dosage.

*valerian, skullcap, and passionflower are all safe and for most people effective

*homeopathic formulas, such as Calms Forte or Moon Drops

*if anxiety or nervous tension is involved a bit of Rescue Remedy flower essences can be helpful

*Ashwaganda~ a dropperful of tincture 1-2 x daily can help resolve sleep issues. Ashwaganda is a safe, tonic, Ayurvedic herb that balances the nervous system and grounds the bodies energies.

*a cup of chamomile or catnip tea

I would recommend against melatonin, as well as hops and kava kava while pregnant or nursing an infant.
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thanks everyone! i feel helpless without the book i had- Wise Wooman herbal, that told me all these things. time to just buy an extra.

I got scared when i looked at random online sources saying valerian and passionflower werent safe, as i took both of these in my last pregnancy!

i may try skullcap, too,i had not thought of it. mostly my sleep issues are stemming from terrible headaches after i have my evening throwing-up session. (ewww.) that and the little sucker-fish i have attached to me boobie all night. : there's no remedy for that, though. :LOL

thanks for all your help!
bebe luna you sound quite knowledgeable, are you an herbalist?

i have been receiving accupunture for my morning sickness, but now i think i am too sick toleave the house. no kidding. i even told dh -no more babies!- last night while being sick in the bathroom. i know, i will manage somehow but itsso bleak right now.

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bebe luna you sound quite knowledgeable, are you an herbalist?

I am not a professional herbalist, but I am a professionally trained and certified practioner of Chinese Medicine, including herbs, Shiatsu, moxabustion, magnet therapy, Chinese dietary therapies, etc...
I am also professionally trained in Chakra balancing, pregnancy massage, and some forms of energy work/healing hands.
I have done a lot of research, studying, and self-expirimentation w/ Western herbs, flower essences, nutritional supplements, homeopathics and various dietary therapies.

I also come from a family that includes many healers~ yoga masters, herbalists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, homeopaths, natural food fanatics, etc...
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well thanks again! i got some skullcap and some magnesium, so as to have two different methods in case one works better for me. i will have tolet everyone know how these work. wish me sweet dreams!

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well thanks again! i got some skullcap and some magnesium
Magnesium is a natural stool softener too. Just letting you know. :-)

When I went on it to help control my cx it took me a couple days to adjust-- and it totally cured my bedrest/pregnancy constipation problem! Woo hoo! I'm taking 8-900 mg daily so for you it may not have the same effects with your bowels.

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Do you take skullcap as a tincture? I've resorted to valerian for the last 2 nights because I hadn't had a good night's sleep in over a week, but the hangover is killing me! I'll put skullcap on my shopping list for this week, but I just need to know what form/dosage to take. Ahhhhh, peaceful sleep....

Thanks!
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my chiropracter does muscle testing and I tested really strongly for a calcium lactate supplement. I'm not sure, but I think that magnesium helps the absorption of calcium. Anyway, I take 5 standard process calcuim pills before bedtime and I get great rest...on the nights I forget to take them i really notice the difference. So if magnesium doesn't do the trick for you ladies maybe try calcium lactate. It's doing great for me!
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z-girl, i bought in caplets, only because at the store i was at the tintures were all skullcap+ something else and i wasnt sure. i did speak atlength with an herbalist there who assured me it was totally safe for me. i dont really know if it worked,though,because i proceeded to throw up all evening.

nighttime is when my morning sickness seems to be at its worst.

i took the magnesium too, i did talk about it before buying it and bought the lowest dosage available to men,to avoid the stool softening effects. thanks USAmma!

i got B6 for the ms and sofar no help...

dh let me take a good nap today when i started to feel ill and it really helped, more than any remedy so far.

thanks also to mountainmommy, good to have a lot of options!

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Thanks, Tabitha!

I also take Cal-Mag at night to help with the wicked leg cramps I get. I know it helps because I've forgotten to take it a few times and woke up with leg cramps those nights! I also try to eat yogurt with nuts before bed- good calcium and mag and fat!

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