Pregnant women are typically advised to avoid taking feverfew. Pregnancy problems could occur, because the herb may cause the muscles of the uterus to contract, which can lead to miscarriages or premature labor. If you are already taking feverfew and pregnancy occurs, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider right away.
Feverfew and Pregnancy: An Overview
Feverfew is a daisy-like plant that is often used medicinally. In fact, numerous different feverfew products, including capsules and tablets, are available. In general, pregnant women are advised to avoid taking feverfew.
Is Feverfew Safe for Pregnant Women?
Even though feverfew is a "natural" product, this does not automatically imply that it is safe for use during pregnancy. Traditionally, feverfew was once used to prevent miscarriages. However, the herb is also thought to cause the muscles of the uterus to contract, which can lead to miscarriages or premature labor. Most healthcare providers recommend that pregnant women avoid taking feverfew until more information about feverfew and pregnancy is known.
Feverfew and Pregnancy: Final Thoughts
If you are pregnant, it is always a good idea to ask your healthcare provider before taking any medication or supplement. The two of you can consider the possible risks and benefits of using feverfew in your particular situation, as well as any other treatment alternatives. Your healthcare provider can also be a good resource for safe ways to deal with migraines during pregnancy (see Pregnancy and Migraines for more information).
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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