Skullcap and Pregnancy

Since no studies have been conducted on skullcap and pregnancy, it is not known whether the supplement is safe for pregnant women. Although some sources consider skullcap products to be safe during pregnancy, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims. If you are taking skullcap and pregnancy occurs, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and potential risks.

An Overview of Skullcap and Pregnancy

Skullcap is an herbal supplement. As with most supplements, it is not known whether skullcap is safe for use during pregnancy. While some Web sites may list skullcap among lists of "safe" herbs for pregnant women, there is no scientific evidence to support such a claim.

Is Skullcap Safe for Pregnant Women?

It is not known whether skullcap is safe for pregnant women. There are no reliable studies that show that skullcap is safe (or unsafe), since the supplement has not been adequately studied in any pregnant women or animals.
Keep in mind that just because other pregnant women have used a natural product without problems does not mean that it is safe. It takes a large group of pregnant women taking a particular medication (or herb) to see if it increases the risk of problems (such as miscarriages or birth defects), since these problems usually occur infrequently.
Many women try to avoid medications in pregnancy and turn to herbal remedies as an alternative, assuming that "natural" automatically means "safe." However, natural products can be quite toxic. For instance, many poisons and toxins are natural products. It just does not make sense to use an herbal supplement for which there is no information available about safety during pregnancy.
If you are pregnant, it is always a good idea to ask your healthcare provider before taking any medication or supplement. You and your healthcare provider can consider the possible risks and benefits of using skullcap in your particular situation, as well as any other treatment alternatives.
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