When looking at herbal aids in the time of pregnancy, it is easy to feel somewhat daunted. There are many different plants that can be used for the different stages or ailments that occur before, during, and after pregnancy.
To give you an idea of the many benefits herbs can have during pregnancy, I will briefly touch on one great herb ally per momentous stage in pregnancy.
Some of the benefits of nettle during pregnancy are:
My favorite blend is nettle, red raspberry leaf, and field mint tea in the morning with breakfast. It tastes amazing and can enliven the day and even ease morning nausea when enjoyed with food.
A plant ally that has been used in many various forms throughout labor is Motherwort. The name says it all. Some of its benefits are:
Motherwort should be taken cautiously as it has been known to increase bleeding in some cases of high dosage.
For best results and easier dosage tracking, it can be taken in tincture form.
Comfrey is another nourishing herb and can be taken in many forms.
Herbal allies have many varying benefits and should be used in conjunction with the intuition and advice of a knowledgeable source.
The Red Thread Apothecary is a great resource in Olympia if you want to learn more about plants, and Radiance is a wonderful place to buy bulk herbs!
If you would like to do more reading about this subject, I recommend you check out “Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year,” by Susun Weed.
I encourage you all to do your own exploration, and always to follow what moves you.
Brynnley Hoffman is an herbalist, healer, and birth practitioner from Salt Lake City, Utah. She is currently working on building her business as a doula and wise woman healer and is working on starting up her blog.