Nettle Leaf for Pregnancy

Nettle Leaf for Pregnancy

Pregnancy is wonderful but at the same time it is difficult. You can’t go through pregnancy with peace of mind. Something or the other will be bothering you at all times and mostly you will be worried about your health because only when you are healthy will your child be healthy. You should eat right and there should be no deficiencies. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

You may take natural supplements in case you are deficient in a nutrient. Nettle leaf is a popular medicinal substance. It is also known as stinging nettle and apparently has anti-inflammatory properties. It is known to treat a number of painful symptoms of conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia, arthritis, and muscle aches.

You can use any of the many nettle leaf preparations. You will find extracts, capsules, creams, tinctures, and teas. However, if you want to take nettle leaf during your pregnancy, you should talk to your doctor.

Consult with your doctor first

Different studies have come up with different conclusions. For example, a few health professionals say that its safety is not clear and it is better to avoid it. A few others claim that it can actually cause numerous pregnancy complications and should be avoided in order to be safe and not cause the baby any harm.

The remaining health professionals say that nettle leaf is actually very good for pregnancy as well as lactation. Since you don’t know whom to believe and because the studies are conflicting, you should take utmost care before taking the nettle leaf preparation. Talk to your doctor to be sure that it is fine beforehand.

Complications of this medicinal supplement

Among the complications of this medicinal supplements are changes in the menstrual cycles. This in turn may result in a higher risk of miscarriage. Instead of taking such huge risks and putting your pregnancy in danger, it would be ideal to avoid this all together until further research is carried out and its safety is proven a complete hundred percent. If you think it will do you good and you want to use it, go to the doctor first and ask her about it. She will be able to explain it better to you and will tell you whether it is safe or otherwise.

Side effects

Even if the doctor gives you a clean chit and allows you to use nettle leaf, know that the preparation comes with its own side effects. For example, you may suffer with nausea and other types of stomach irritation. You may also suffer with fluid retention. This condition may render your hands and/or feet swollen. Applying the cream may cause itching, redness, mild irritation, and so on. Handling the nettle plant must also be done carefully. Sometimes the leaves may trigger an allergic reaction.

Whether you are pregnant or not, if you wish to take this herb, you have to talk to your doctor. Yes, this applies to those who are not pregnant too. You should completely avoid it if you have diabetes or kidney disorder. If you take this herbal treatment with sedative medications or lithium medications you may suffer with severe drowsiness or lithium toxicity. You should also not take the nettle leaf with high BP medicines or diabetes medicines.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.