Herbs for Pregnancy, Postpartum and Breastfeeding

Herbs for Pregnancy, Postpartum and Breastfeeding

Cassy Vantriet
4 minute read

Natural remedies have been used for centuries using safe and effective herbs for pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum as they can offer a range of natural solutions to aid a variety of needs from morning sickness, discomfort, labor and breastfeeding. We often get asked which teas we recommend during pregnancy and postpartum, although you should take extra care and caution during pregnancy and while breastfeeding by seeking professional advice and listening to your body we have curated a list of herbs typically safe in moderation during this time. 

Depending on the herb some are best used topically versus internally during pregnancy to aid stretch marks, swollen ankles, sore nipples and vaginal discomfort. Other herbs are best consumed internally as tea infusions to aid nausea, cramping, heartburn, prepare for childbirth and increasing breast milk, we have also outlined the best herbs during specific trimesters. We suggest beginning with 1 cup per day and increase  up to 3 cups per day as you feel needed under professional guidance. Also ensure you are using 100% organic herbs to ensure the quality and safety of the herbs. 

Below is our researched curation of herbs for pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and breastfeeding. We consulted with industry experts, herbalists and medical experts to create a safe and approachable guide to herbs and pregnancy. 



Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada. It does not intend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Please take care and caution during pregnancy or breastfeeding and contact your healthcare practitioner for further advice.



Herbs for First Trimester

Most commonly morning sickness, digestive discomfort and cramping occurs during the first trimester, below are a list of herbs for natural remedies to help relieve and soothe discomfort during the early stages of pregnancy. Having the below herbs on hand as an infusion will help to ease moments of discomfort, simply add the herbs to a large pot of water and simmer for minimum 4 hours. Enjoy it hot, room temperature or cold.

Herbs for Morning Sickness and Nausea

  • Ginger
  • Chamomile
  • Peppermint

Herbs for Heartburn

  • Chamomile
  • Ginger
  • Lavender

Herbs for Cramps

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Red Raspberry Leaf (please consult a professional during early stages of pregnancy)



Herbs for Second Trimester

As your body begins to physically change as your belly and breasts begin to grow, your uterus expands and you may be experiencing physical discomfort. Here are few natural remedies to aid stretch marks, reduce swelling and physical discomfort. 

Herbal Oils for Stretch Marks - use topically

  • Lavender oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Vitamin E oil

Herbs for Swollen Ankles (Use internally, please consult with a professional before consuming)

  • Dandelion 
  • Stinging Nettle Leaf



We recommend trying our PERIOD TEA blend during this phase to strengthen the uterus with Red Raspberry Leaf and nourish the body with Stinging Nettle Leaf. We also recommend our PERIOD FLOWER REMEDY designed to emotionally embrace the physical changes of our body and appreciate its incredible ability to adapt, Flower Remedies are safe during pregnancy. 



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Herbs for Third Trimester

There are many natural remedies to support the body and mind during this phase and prepare the body for childbirth. A great herb to prepare the uterus for childbirth during second and third trimester is Red Raspberry Leaf. If you are experiencing lack of focus and memory gingko can help to increase mental clarity. 

Tea Infusion for Daily Support 

  • Raspberry Leaf
  • Ginger
  • Lemongrass
  • Chamomile
  • Gingko

Tea Infusion for Birth Preparation

  • Raspberry Leaf
  • Oat Straw
  • Rosehips 
  • Chamomile



Herbs for Postpartum 

A great topical and internal natural remedy to aid breastfeeding and the physical changes and discomfort that may come along with it is a topical calendula cream for dry and cracked nipples or a bath soak and a milk inducing herbal tea blend. 

Herbal Tea Blend for Breastmilk 

  • Fenugreek Seeds
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Stinging Nettle Leaf

Topical Herbs for Irritated Nipples (Infuse herb into an oil, learn how here)

  • Calendula 
  • Comfrey leaf and root

 

Common Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Please note this is not a complete list of herbs to avoid, please consult your doctor or a professional before consuming herbs during pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

Herbs To Avoid During Pregnancy

  • Tulsi (Holy Basil)
  • Hibiscus
  • Licorice Root
  • Yarrow

Herbs To Avoid During Breastfeeding

  • Sage
  • Peppermint
  • Parsley leaf
  • Spearmint
  • Yarrow leaf



Teas We Recommend During Pregnancy

PERIOD TEA

PERIOD TEA

$14.00

Relieve Menstrual Cramps | Replenative | Improved Uterine Health | Calming A simple blend featuring the number one herb used for centuries to combat menstrual cramps and improve uterine health by strengthening the muscle fibres –paired with mineral rich nettle and calming lemon balm to… read more

   

BEAUTY BASE TEA

BEAUTY BASE TEA

$14.00

Balancing | Occasional Acne | Brightening | Tonifying | Redness | Best Seller Step zero in your beauty ritual - this effective formula provides the building blocks for healthy, vital skin that will support all skin types, conditions and ages.… read more



Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada. It does not intend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Please take care and caution during pregnancy or breastfeeding and contact your healthcare practitioner for further advice.

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