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Herbs to Balance Hormones in Pregnancy

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author image Nicki Wolf
Nicki Wolf has been writing health and human interest articles since 1986. Her work has been published at various cooking and nutrition websites. Wolf has an extensive background in medical/nutrition writing and online content development in the nonprofit arena. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Temple University.
Herbs to Balance Hormones in Pregnancy
Drinking red clover tea can help you balance your hormones during pregnancy. Photo Credit Andersen Ross/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

Your hormones can rage out of control during pregnancy. As your body goes through changes associated with the fetus growing inside your body, estrogen and progesterone production surges, which can affect your mood and make you feel sleepy as well as trigger food cravings and increase your sex drive. A variety of herbal remedies can help you balance out these hormones while you're pregnant.

False Unicorn Root

Including false unicorn root, an herb that comes from the chamaelirium luteum lily, helps normalize the ovaries and ease hormonal imbalances, according to the Ovulation Calculator website. You can take this herb as a supplement or as a tea as way to help you stay pregnant or as a tonic against infertility. Proponents report ingesting false unicorn root may also help prevent morning sickness during pregnancy. Drugs.com indicates that you should take 2 g of false unicorn root for maximum effectiveness, although no scientific studies have been done to prove false unicorn root's suitability for use during pregnancy or its potential for affecting hormones. Taking too much false unicorn root may result in hot flashes, blurred vision, vomiting and kidney or stomach irritation.

Nettle

Taking dried nettle or nettle extract during your pregnancy can help balance your hormonal system. Childbirth Solutions indicates that in addition to this herb's benefits to your hormones, ingesting nettle infusion throughout your pregnancy can positively impact your kidneys and help provide nutrition to both you and your developing fetus as it is rich in iron, calcium and protein. The Eclectic Physician website notes that you should avoid fresh nettle as it can stimulate your uterus, which can induce contractions and early labor or abortion. Take dried nettles during pregnancy to balance your hormones at a dosage of 150 to 300 mg three times per day or an extract from nettle leaves at 1/2 to 2 tsp. three times per day. No scientific evidence exists to prove nettles safety or effectiveness during pregnancy.

Red Clover

Red clover mimics estrogen, and taking it during your pregnancy may help balance out your hormones, according to the Modern Alternative Mama website. It may also help tone your uterus and calm your nerves. In addition, red clover serves as a source of calcium, magnesium, protein, vitamin E, selenium and zinc, all vital nutrients for you and your developing fetus. StorkNet recommends taking red clover as tea infusion made with 1 oz. of dried clover blossoms and 1 quart of boiling water and notes that drinking red clover tea can help you relieve constipation that often occurs during pregnancy and help stimulate your appetite. There is some controversy over taking red clover during pregnancy -- despite other sources' recommendations, Drugs.com indicates that you should avoid taking red clover while you are pregnant because of its estrogen-like effects. No studies have been undertaken to indicate that red clover is effective or safe during pregnancy.

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