General Practice 2022

Chás potentially abortifacient (prohibited in gestação)

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Chás potentially abortifacient (prohibited in gestação)
Chás potentially abortifacient (prohibited in gestação)

Teas are prepared with medicinal plants that contain active substances and, therefore, although they are natural, they have a high potential to affect the normal functioning of the body. For this reason, the use of teas during pregnancy should be done with great care, as they can affect the pregnant woman's body and harm the baby's development.

The ideal thing is that whenever you intend to use a tea during pregnancy, ask the obstetrician who is monitoring the pregnancy, to know the dosage and the most correct way to use this tea.

Because there are very few studies done with the use of plants during pregnancy in humans, it is not possible to clearly state which plants are completely safe or abortive.As a "golden rule", all teas should be avoided during pregnancy, especially without medical supervision.

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Medicinal plants prohibited in pregnancy

According to the results of several studies, there are plants that should be avoided during pregnancy because they contain substances with the potential to affect pregnancy, even if there is no evidence. Others are completely prohibited due to reports of abortion or malformations after their use.

In the following table it is possible to identify the plants to avoid, or consume in moderation, as well as those that are proven prohibited (in bold) by most studies:

Agnocasto Chamomile Ginseng Primrose
Licorice Canela Guaco Stonebreaker
Rosemary Carqueja Hera Pomegranate
Alfafa Cascara sagrada Hibiscus Rhubarb
Angelica Chestnuts Hydraste Exit
Arnica Catuaba Hortelã Salsaparilla
Aroeira Cavalinha Wild yam Salsinha
Arruda Cidreira Jarrinha Sene
Artemísia Turmeric Jurubeba Tanaceto
Ashwagandha Damiana Kava-kava Tanchagem
Aloe Fogger Losna Red clover
Boldo Santa Maria herb Macela Nettle
Borage fennel Milefoil Bearberry
Buchinha Hawthorn Mirra Vinca
Café Hay Greek Nutmeg Juniper
Cálamo fennel Passiflora
Calendula Ginkgo biloba Poejo

Regardless of this table, it is always important to consult your obstetrician or a herbalist before drinking any tea.

Many of the teas made with these plants should also be avoided during breastfeeding and, therefore, after childbirth it is important to consult the doctor again.

What can happen if you take

One of the main side effects of the use of medicinal plants during pregnancy is the increase in uterine contractions, which causes intense abdominal pain, bleeding and even abortion.However, in some women, abortion does not happen, but the toxicity that reaches the baby can be enough to cause serious changes, compromising motor and brain development.

The toxicity of plants unsuitable for use during pregnancy can also cause serious kidney complications, also bringing risks to the he alth of the pregnant woman.

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