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Herbs for Insomnia while Pregnant

written by: AlyssaAst • edited by: lrohner • updated: 8/26/2009

Insomnia is a common condition for pregnant women to deal with. Many herbs for insomnia can be used. However, many common herbs used for insomnia may not be safe to take while pregnant. Learn which herbs can be used to treat insomnia while pregnant.

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    Insomnia is frequently experienced while a woman is pregnant. Many medications are not safe to be taken while a woman is pregnant. Luckily, there are many herbs that can be used to treat insomnia. However, many of the common herbs used to treat insomnia are not safe to take while pregnant. There are a few herbs for insomnia that can be used throughout a pregnancy.

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    Chamomile

    Chamomile is a great herb to use to treat insomnia while pregnant. This herb is good to use to give an overall calmness sensation. It is often used to calm nerves. There are many forms of this herb that can be used to treat insomnia. Chamomile can easily be used to treat insomnia in the tea form. It can also be used as an aromatherapy form of treatment. Chamomile is safe for pregnant women to use.

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    Oat straw

    Oat straw is another herbal remedy that can be used to treat insomnia while pregnant. This is a very soothing solution to calm nerves and help promote sleep. Not only is it very calming, but it is also high in calcium.

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    Lemon Balm

    This natural remedy is commonly used to treat insomnia. It can relieve anxiety and restlessness. It is a very calming and soothing natural remedy.

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    Precautions

    Although many herbs are believed to be safe to take while pregnant, caution is still advised. Many of the herbs that are said to be safe have not undergone extensive scientific study. The full extent of the benefits and side effects on pregnant women and unborn children are not fully known. Extreme caution is advised to pregnant women that do decide to take herbs while pregnant.

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    Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy

    Many herbs need to be avoided while pregnant. Angelica, black cohosh, and blue cohosh are among the herbs to avoid while pregnant. These three can all cause complications during pregnancy. Comfrey, dong quai, and elder should also be avoided to prevent complications during pregnancy. Caution must be taken while choosing herbs for insomnia because many can induce labor. It is important to speak with a doctor before taking any herbs for insomnia while pregnant.

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    References:

    “Natural Herbs during Pregnancy" Woman’s Health Care

    “Herbs and Vitamins during Pregnancy" Pregnancy and Children

    “Dangerous Herbs and Vitamins during Pregnancy" Pregnancy and Children

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