Medicines and Herbal Teas During Pregnancy
Changes of mothers during pregnancy may lead to metabolic changes with some medicines. While some medicines do not be effective, others may be toxic to the fetus.
Before using the medicine, you should ensure that:
- This is an indispensable requirement.
- Its benefit in pregnancy has also been proven
- There are no side effects on both mother and fetus.
- The risk-benefit relationship should be in the mother’s favor in any case.
These require special expertise, in other words, doctor decisions.
In recent years, since the habit of using medicine without consulting a doctor has become more common, this has often led to inappropriate and disproportionate use of medicines.
Pregnancy may also be a “re-learning” process in this case. As a matter of fact, as long as doctors do not recommend the use of all kinds of medicines – even those without a prescription – pregnant women should avoid taking.
Even “alternative medicines” are subject to this rule. In fact, the effects of many of these medicines on the metabolism, their absorption, the form of excretion, and side effects may not be that good.
Herbs and Pregnancy
Pregnancy may be a comfortable and enjoyable period for some women. However, most of the women, especially in the first three months, may have to deal with some uncomfortable situations. It happens because of hormonal changes starting from the first days after fertilization. These disorders disappear within a few weeks. Other disorders occur since the uterus volume increases and take up more space in the abdominal cavity. Therefore, it is seen in the last period of pregnancy. They are generally minor problems, and they do not cause serious consequences in the end.
Pregnant women, in this situation, need to inform the doctor to be able to make the right diagnoses. They should not take any medicine or pharmacological agent (alternative medicine product, herbal products, etc.) without consulting the doctor. Doctors should confirm that the medicine that pregnant women want to take is not at risk of damaging or poisoning the baby in the uterus.
Most of the medicines called alternative medicine (including homeopathic medicines) are not tested scientifically to prove that they are harmless to pregnancy.
Herbal Tea in Pregnancy
Most women in the pregnancy use herbal teas such as chamomile, fennel, nettle to remove nausea (ginger), meet their water needs, be relaxed or increase their breast milk supply. It seems that there is no problem if pregnant women do not drink more than two cups a day. However, some herbal teas, such as sage, cassia, basil, flaxseed, raspberry may increase the risk of miscarriage, bleeding and uterine contractions and premature birth when they are consumed frequently. For example; raspberry tea has been known for its effects on starting labor contractions for centuries and is being used by midwives to induce labor.
In addition, there is a third group of herbal tea which we now can find in almost every market, but are not familiar to their names so much.
Rosemary, lavender, blueberries, St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum), lemon balm, aloe vera, dandelion teas may be examples of it. These herbal teas increase the risk of premature birth, bleeding and miscarriage when used in pregnancy, so they must not be used during pregnancy. There are some findings that babies may be born with disabilities because of herbal teas used during pregnancy.
In a nutshell, pregnant women should consider the fact that medicines which are used today are made of herbs and definitely consult a doctor before using herbal teas.