Is The Herbal Medicine Echinacea Ok For A Pregnant Woman?

Is The Herbal Medicine Echinacea Ok For A Pregnant Woman?

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Is The Herbal Medicine Echinacea Ok For A Pregnant Woman?

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My wife is 3 months pregnant and has gotten a bad cold. She has a sore throat and I have been giving her Echinacea, which is an herbal medicine that is made of flower root. It’s available over the counter at pharmacies. But I checked the label and it says it contains a tiny bit of alcohol — ethanol to be exact. Is this dangerous to the unborn child?

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4 Comments posted on "Is The Herbal Medicine Echinacea Ok For A Pregnant Woman?"

Conner F on July 15th, 2009 at 9:39 pm #

Also called purple coneflower, echinacea is commonly used to boost the immune system and ward off infection. While it has been shown to be mostly ineffective in fighting colds (the most common use), echinacea may be useful in the treatment of other infections, such as athlete’s foot.

There has been one study on the effects of echinacea on pregnancy: between 1996 and 1998, a Canadian study followed 412 women, 206 of whom had taken echinacea during their pregnancy, and 206 of whom had not. Of the 206 who did take echinacea, 112 had taken it during their first trimester. Researchers found that there was no appreciable difference in the rate of minor and major birth defects, delivery method, gestational age, infant birth weight, maternal weight gain, fetal distress, or pregnancy outcome. The conclusion is that if you wish to take echinacea while pregnant, you may do so, but should probably check with your doctor just to be sure.

William T on July 16th, 2009 at 4:01 am #

Firstly, echinacea is proven to be useless for treating a cold. So dangerous or not, pregnant or not, it’s a complete waste of time and money. Secondly, if she likes to take it you should research the potential effects it has on birth control, for after your child arrives because it has been known to decrease the effectiveness of the pill. Lastly, I wouldn’t trust the people here for advice concerning my unborn child, I would talk to a doctor and you should too. Best of luck to you.

Simon on July 16th, 2009 at 9:11 am #

“it says it contains a tiny bit of alcohol”

You’ll probably find it contains mainly alcohol. If you are concerned, see your doctor. Shovelling bizarre herbs and potions into your unborn child isn’t really a good idea is it?

nicayael on July 16th, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

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