What is a miscarriage?
Miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion, is an event that results in the loss of a fetus before 20 weeks of pregnancy. This usually happens in the first trimester or the first three months of pregnancy. Miscarriages can occur for a variety of medical reasons, many of which are not under a person's control.
There are several herbs that are very effective in preventing miscarriages. And besides being as or even more effective than drugs, they won't have any side effects on you or your baby.
Because it is not always easy to navigate the plants, how to prepare them, where to get them… We have selected seven of them, which will quickly become your best allies for nine months.
These plants can be consumed as an infusion or used as a lotion, without any risk for you and your unborn baby.
The efficacy and safety of ginger root were recognized in 1999 by the WHO (World Health Organization). After 6 quality trials involving around 650 women, Italian researchers have shown that ginger is at least as effective as vitamin B6 against nausea and has no side effects. An English study published in 2008 also proved the beneficial effects of ginger: a group of women took a spoonful of ginger syrup and another group a placebo. After 6 days, a decrease in nausea and vomiting was observed for 67% of the women in the group who had benefited from ginger, against 20% for the others.
How to prepare it
- Fresh ginger can be eaten in chewable or suckable slices, powdered (in capsule form) or grated as an infusion (limit your consumption to 3 cups per day).
- Boil the equivalent of a cup of spring water and add a teaspoon of grated fresh ginger, preferably organic.
- Let sit for 10 minutes, filter, then add a tablespoon of honey and a little lemon juice.
- Be careful not to consume more than 1 to 2 g of dried ginger or about 10 g of fresh ginger, which represents a slice of about 6 mm in diameter and 7 mm in thickness.
The red vine
Pregnancy often rhymes with heavy legs. Future mothers are not immune to varicose veins either. Blame it on hormones, which weaken the veins, and the weight of the belly, which puts pressure on the lower limbs. By regulating blood circulation, red vine helps pregnant women regain toned legs. It is the ideal plant in case of circulatory disorders, rosacea, or varicose veins.
How to prepare it
You can buy it in sachets, or in a 100-gram bag. Prepare an infusion (ten minutes): one tablespoon per cup of water. Two to four cups a day between meals.
From the start of pregnancy, once again due to hormonal variations, the breasts harden and become more sensitive. Blue veins sometimes appear under the skin. Some women also complain of feeling slight itchiness in the nipples.
This plant is known to relieve mild inflammation and dryness of the skin. It soothes tightness and decongests the chest.
How to prepare it?
In lotion: boil a tablespoon of witch hazel ( leaves, bark and dried twigs ) in 250 ml of water for five minutes. Let cool. Soak a few compresses and apply to sore breasts two to four times a day.
These unsightly little streaks usually occur from the sixth month of pregnancy. Frequently, they affect two-thirds of pregnant women. The most exposed areas are the breasts, stomach, buttocks and thighs. If it is difficult to get rid of existing stretch marks, we can, on the other hand, try to prevent their appearance.
Very rich in silica, one of the important components of tissue reconstitution, horsetail has a beneficial action on stretch marks, skin elasticity and wrinkles. It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, naturally present in the dermis.
How to consume it
Prepare a lotion: Put 50 to 100 g of field horsetail (whole plant) in 1 liter of water, bring to the boil for thirty minutes, filter. Soak a few compresses and apply them to the areas at risk, fifteen to twenty minutes every day.
Used by Native Americans for hundreds of years, raspberry leaves help tone the uterus and increase the effectiveness of contractions. This herbal tea does not trigger childbirth but prepares your body for labor. It contains fragrance, which tones the muscles of the pelvic girdle, including the uterus.
Raspberry leaves are recommended by many midwives around the world for pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum for:
- reduce morning sickness;
- improve the efficiency of contractions;
- give mothers who have already had a cesarean a chance to deliver vaginally by strengthening their uterus, which will be less likely to rupture;
- improve the strength of the amniotic sac;
- reduce pain during labor and after birth. By toning the muscles used during labor and delivery, labor can be shorter and less painful;
- regulate hormones after childbirth.
When to start drinking it?
Many midwives recommend waiting until the second trimester before starting to drink infusions of raspberry leaves. This is because the plant has a reputation for increasing contractions of the uterus, and therefore possibly increasing the risk of miscarriage, but no medical study has ever proven this belief. Other midwives, but also herbalists, on the contrary, prescribe this herbal tea from the start of pregnancy, relying on the fact that it is a remedy that has been used without risks for hundreds of years. As opinions are contradictory, you might as well wait until your last trimester of pregnancy, especially for those of you who have already had a miscarriage.
Talk to your midwife to decide what is best for you. Drink one to three cups of this infusion each day, to help you during your pregnancy and during your delivery.
How to prepare it?
Prepare it as an infusion: two rounded tablespoons for 1 liter of boiling water. Drink three cups a day, to be taken between meals. From the 37th week, you can add some sage leaves to your preparation. This plant has the virtue of maturing the cervix by triggering or intensifying the contractions.
Difficult to escape a few sleepless nights during the last few months ... Your belly is getting bigger, your baby's movements are more awkward and you get up every two hours to pee! You have every reason to sleep badly and orange blossom will help you get better quality sleep.
Recognized for its soothing properties, orange blossom promotes relaxation and sleep.
How to prepare it?
You can prepare it as a herbal tea by infusing 2 tablespoons in a liter of water. Or as a bath solution by putting 100 g (leaves and flowers) of an orange tree in about 2 liters of water. Let steep for ten minutes, then filter. Pour the liquid into your bath water, which you will take lukewarm just before going to bed. I recommend this delicious mixture where it is associated with lemon balm and lavender to multiply its relaxing powers!
And for those who don't feel like bothering with homemade preparations, it's also available as a pillow mist to spray on before bed.
Whether it is during the first three months, or during the last few weeks, you will certainly go through periods of severe fatigue. To reboost yourself, try a bath or a peppermint infusion.
This plant is known for its toning and stimulating properties. In addition, menthol has a cooling effect, which also makes it a very effective pain reliever against headaches. Associated with verbena and rosemary, it gives the body a real boost.
How to prepare it?
Prepare a solution for the bath: mix 100g of verbena, 100g of peppermint and 100g of rosemary in a large pot of boiling water. Leave to infuse for a quarter of an hour, filter and then pour into the bathwater, which you will take hot enough, preferably in the morning.
You will be able to inhale the invigorating vapor of this giant infusion at the top of your lungs.
It's up to you to build up your little pregnancy herbarium! You will find all the plants I mentioned in organic stores, as well as in some pharmacies and herbalists. If you want to buy them online, I have given you some links to products that I have tested and recommend for their quality and reasonable prices.
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