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What herbs may cause a miscarriage

Updated in June 2019

Some teas prepared with medicinal plants are not recommended you consume during pregnancy because they can harm your baby's development, such as Aloe Vera, Hera and Guaco, for example.

So, in order to avoid risking harming your life and your baby's life, you should only take medicines and teas recommended by your obstetrician, because in many cases, besides the characteristic toxicity of the plant, herbs that grow on the roadside and those harvested on a farm may be contaminated by car pollution or pesticides.

Complete list of herbs that can harm pregnancy

Other plants and herbs that can be considered toxic and so can lead to a miscarriage are:

LemongrassCatnipMistletoeArnica
Absinthe herbSennaMugwortNutmeg
CinnamonEphedraMyrrhPeppermint 
PomegranateSaw PalmettoPeachPlantain
RueHorsetailYohimbeBlack Cohosh
BoldoDong Quai PennyroyalGoldenseal
Blue CohoshPassion FlowerCotton herbTansy
WormwoodBitter MelonAnise seedFenugreek
Liquorice RootGinsengYarrowOregano
Raspberry/Red leafSageParsleyAleo Vera

There are greater chances of complications when a woman regularly consumes these plants during pregnancy or when she ingest s large quantities of these teas at one time, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. Although the risks lessen over time, there is still a risk of them harming your pregnancy in the second and third trimester of gestation.

What can happen if you consume these herbs

If you are pregnant and consume one or some of these medicinal plants they may increase uterine contractions, which can cause intense abdominal pain, leading to blood loss by the vagina and consequently the loss of the fetus. However, in some women miscarriage does not happen but the toxicity of the herbs reach the baby and may cause serious changes, compromising their motor and brain development.

Sometimes toxicity leads to a contraction so strong that it promotes the expulsion of the fetus, but this may be an incomplete miscarriage and the remains of the fetus and placenta remain trapped inside the uterus and if this happens it can lead to an infection, which may even lead to the mother's death. The signs that may indicate infection after a miscarriage can include severe abdominal pain, fever and chills, so if that is your case, you should go to the ER quickly so that the infection can be contained and treated.

The toxicity of these plants that are considered unfit for use during pregnancy can also cause severe kidney complications, and sometimes kidney transplantation may be necessary.

Can pregnant women drink tea?

You should only consume teas during pregnancy if your doctor advised you to, because most of the plants and herbs used to make teas are not indicated during pregnancy, because they may induce contractions and, consequently, a miscarriage. However, there are some teas that may be consumed by pregnant women if the doctor recommends them, such as chamomile tea, lavender, lemongrass and fennel, for example, as they have a calming and relaxing effect, which can also help in milk production.

Although you can consume these teas during pregnancy as they do not have any risks to your health and your baby's, it is important that you do not drink tea excessively and that the doctor is aware.

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