13 herbs to avoid during pregnancy

Before going fully into abortive plants, as regular readers of this site know, many times in the recommendations of medicinal plants and other natural remedies, we dedicate a space to the possible adverse effects or contraindications of some of these drugs .

Before going fully into abortive plants, as regular readers of this site know, many times in the recommendations of medicinal plants and other natural remedies, we dedicate a space to the possible adverse effects or contraindications of some of these drugs .

Abortive herbs: what are the medicinal herbs to avoid during pregnancy 1

In general, we always advise you to be very careful with medicines, both natural and pharmacological, during pregnancy.

And we always recommend that in these cases you consult a doctor, in this case a gynecologist, who will know the risks associated with certain medicines, foods, plants and health supplements.

In the case of abortion, the support of our loved ones is also important, I know many are afraid, but the truth is that most parents in situations like this are supportive and on the side of our children, so if you are thinking about abort first seek all possible support and information so you don’t have any difficulties later.


What are abortive plants?

The following is a list of plants with a high rate of abortifacient and contraceptive effects, and which yes or yes should be avoided in case of pregnancy because they could end it.

It is not easy to indicate the degree of danger of a plant, because other factors come into play (women’s health, genetics, reactions, etc.), but it is important, to avoid any risk, to keep in mind pay attention to this list of contraceptive herbs and abortifacient herbs. Knowledge of these plants is one of the effective ways to minimize the risks.

Abortive and/or contraceptive plants

Street. Rue is known to be one of the most potent abortifacient plants, which is why it should be avoided while pregnant, either as an infusion or by direct consumption of the plant.

colocasia. The colocasia esculentaa plant from which is obtained a tuber widely used in India, and used as an ornamental plant, has known abortifacient effects, for which it is recommended to avoid its consumption, or that of foods made from its tuber.

Parsley. Parsley is another of those abortifacient herbs that pose a risk in large doses, although in small dietary doses it poses no real risk. It is also not recommended for breastfeeding.

Mugwort. By activating uterine blood flow, wormwood poses serious risks for pregnant women as it could cause miscarriages.

Caraway. This plant and its seeds present risks of abortion at high doses of its seeds, or in concentrated products.

bold. One of boldo’s active ingredients, which it shares with wormwood and rue, is thujone, doses of which can cause problems with spontaneous labor.

Green anise, cumin and fennel. Like caraway, they pose abortion risks in high doses or in concentrated products.

abortion herbsRue is a plant whose properties can cause abortion, so it should be avoided during pregnancy.

Artemisias. All plants in this family, made up of almost 1,500 different species, pose a risk and are considered abortive plants, mainly due to their high ketone content.

Tansy. The Tanacetum vulgare or tansy has a very high concentration of thujone, which poses a very high risk to pregnant women.

shepherd’s bag It alters menstruation, so it is considered to pose risks in pregnancy as well.

Pink lapacho. The Handroanthus impetiginosus, known as pink lapacho, is a plant found throughout Latin America. It is a very abortifacient plant, so its consumption is not safe even in small doses during pregnancy.

Marrubium sp. and Ballota sp. These are two plants commonly called horehound. They are highly abortifacient herbs and affect the menstrual period.

Green nettle. It should be avoided during pregnancy, as it is believed to pose risks. They are not proven, but in any case, it is better to avoid the risk despite its infusion not being classified as an abortifacient tea.

abortive plants

Other plants prohibited during pregnancy

Here is a list of some of the plants that could pose a risk, but not all. Pennyroyal is another one of those abortifacient plants to avoid.

There are many other herbs, typical of certain specific regions, with similar properties or effects, for which you should consult a doctor before starting herbal treatment due to the possibility that they are abortifacient or harmless if you are pregnant.

List of abortifacient herbs, scientific name and danger

Plant Scientific name Risk
Street graveolens road High
flatsharing colocasia esculenta High
Parsley Petroselinum crispum in high doses
Mugwort Wormwood Artemisia High
Caraway Carum Caraway in high doses
boldo pemus boldus Medium
Cumin Cuminum cyminum in high doses
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare in high doses
green anise Pimpinella anisum in high doses
Artemisias kind of plant High
tansy Tanacetum vulgare medium large
shepherd’s bag Capsella bursa pastoris High
pink lapacho Handroanthus impetiginosus High
horehound Marrubium sp. and Ballota sp. High
green nettle Dioecious urtica not shown

herbs to prevent pregnancy

As we have seen, many so-called abortifacient plants are also used as contraceptives, that is, herbs to prevent pregnancy. In any case, although they have been used for this purpose since time immemorial, it is often difficult to know whether they are really effective. Therefore, there are other more effective contraceptive methods to consider.

Neem. this plant called nimbo de la India or margosa de la India, whose scientific name is Azadirachta indica, apparently decreases sperm activity. Although it is used for this purpose, more studies are needed on this male contraceptive.

Chebula. Like neem, chebula or Indian Myrobalan acts on male fertility.

Manayupa. The plant with contraceptive properties native to Peru manayupa, also called runa manayupa, dog’s paw, pega pega or allco pachaque, according to scientific studies, has effects similar to those of the “morning after pill”.

Bougainvillea spectabilis. This climbing plant according to a scientific study has properties that inhibit fertility. It belongs to the Nyctaginaceae family and is native to Brazil, specifically the Amazon and the Atlantic Forest.

Did you know about abortifacient plants and their risks?

IMPORTANT: This information is intended to supplement, not replace, the advice of your physician or healthcare professional and is not intended to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions, or adverse effects.

This information may not be tailored to your specific health situation. Never delay or neglect seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health care provider because of something you have read in ecothings. You should always consult a healthcare professional before starting, stopping or changing any type of treatment.

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