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Mom to K and R
mom to ds '07 first day of a new year, dd '09 in the caul, and ds '11 at home Oct 24th
I don't know about pain on the left, unfortunately.
However, pain on the right could be gallbladder (or liver for that matter). I have struggled with pain under my right ribs this pregnancy and last, and it's from my gallbladder. Working on my diet and drinking a particular herbal tea blend has really helped...as does reducing stress.
Gotta ask, how are you using the dandelion? Eating the leaf? Root? Tincture or tea? I'm currently drinking tea made from burdock root, catnip, red raspberry leaf, and chamomile, and it definitely helps. I might be interested in adding dandelion if it helps.
I take it in vinegar form actually because I find it the easiest to take for me. You can actually take it any way you can get it in you. Oh course tincture and infusion is better than plain herb encapsulated- more potent.
You can put dandelion greens in rice, soups too.
I just take the dandelion greens or root, chop them up and cover them with apple cider vinegar. I let it sit for 2-3 weeks before it is ready, and take 1-2 tablespoons a day. It doesn't have to be strained. Very safe during pregnancy.
Also if you are pregnant, I am not sure that catnip is good. I don't really know much about it, but I thought that I read that that should be avoided while pregnant. Oh but I read that chamomile should be avoided, and I drink that with no worries.
The burdock is great for the liver. So thumbs up for that.
I find that the hormone changes during pregnancy are a stress on my liver, so I have to take good care of it especially then. I avoided terrible morning sickness this time around and took loads of dandelion. Also I am drinking nettles infusion everyday, and that really nourishes every organ even the liver.