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supplements during pregnancy ~ what to avoid?

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in terms of vitamin supplements, is there anything i should be avoiding while pregnant? any minerals or herbs?

and specifically, is Dong Quai ok during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
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most important to avoid is stimulants such as ephedra, ma huang, guarana, etc
also, pennyroyal, licorice (only if you tend to have high blood pressure), blue & black cohosh (until end of last trimester).
multivites should be fine, essential fatty acids are fine, calcium, magnesium, etc are fine...
I wouldn't do dong quai unless prescribed by an acupuncturist.
kellymom has a list of dod and donts
thank you.

the multivitamins i just got have dong quai in them, which is why i asked.
You might want to check out the book "Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year" It is an awesome book that I still refer to. They recommend that you do NOT take Dong quai during pregnancy and lactation.
I was told not to take ginseng during pregnancy - but I already had during my first two without a consequence.

I was told that it was a masculine herb and had no place in a pregnancy.

Just my $0.02.

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