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Pregnancy Caution: 10 Plants To Avoid

Harmless or dangerous? We'll tell you which 10 plants to stay away from when expecting a child.

Having a child is probably the greatest happiness on earth. But suddenly you are confronted with completely new challenges. What was common before the pregnancy suddenly raises questions: Am I allowed to do this at all or should I not? At least we can give you some information about plants. We'll show you ten common garden plants that you should avoid during pregnancy.


NOTE: Many of the plants listed below only have a harmful effect in high doses. Basically: Side effects MAY occur, but do not HAVE to be. If you are unsure whether it is safe to consume the plant, please contact your doctor or pharmacist.

As already said, we do not want to unsettle pregnant women, but rather encourage them to eat a lot of fresh vegetables and fruit. If in doubt, please always contact your doctor.

Aloe vera

The aloe vera (Aloe vera) is primarily known as an ingredient in numerous care products, but is also represented as a potted plant in many homes. However, the plant is not suitable for pregnant women. Drunk especially as a juice or tincture, the plant can have a laxative effect, dissolve toxins or cause contractions, as it increases the accumulation of blood in the abdominal organs. However, the symptoms mentioned usually only occur when larger amounts are taken. External use, on the other hand, is more than unproblematic - in fact, aloe vera can even help against stretch marks.


Tomato, mozzarella and basil - a real culinary delight, especially in summer. But what about pregnancy? In normal quantities, basil (Ocimum basilicum) completely harmless and can also be eaten by pregnant women without any problems. The essential oils of basil, which have a labor-promoting effect, are only contained in the leaves to a small extent, so that a normal serving has no effects. The use of basil oil, on the other hand, is viewed critically: The essential oils of basil are much more concentrated in this, so it should not be taken during pregnancy in order to avoid premature labor.


Broomwort, ladywort or wild wormwood - mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) has many names and is still often used as a herb for heavy meat dishes. Mugwort tea in particular used to be used against menstrual pain. If you are expecting a child, however, you should avoid mugwort: Because of its menstrual-promoting properties, mugwort can have an abortive effect. In the usual dosage for spices, however, it is widely regarded as harmless.


Comfrey is a traditional medicinal plant (Sympthum officinale) known since the Middle Ages. It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and decongestant effects and is often used for external application. However, comfrey has so-called pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which have a toxic, liver-damaging effect. Pregnant and breastfeeding women in particular should therefore refrain from consuming and using comfrey, as children and fetuses are much more sensitive to the toxins.


Delicious vitamin C bomb - the barberry (Berberis vulgaris) or sea buckthorn is not only delicious as a jam, but also very healthy. Even if the shrub actually comes from Africa, the barberry is also widespread here, after all, the fruits not only taste good, the barberry also flowers beautifully. Nevertheless, women with a child under their hearts should refrain from eating the red berries. Although berberine, which in high doses can trigger premature labor and stimulate bleeding, is mainly found in the branches and leaves, traces of it can also be found in the fruits.

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Pasque flower

The kitchen bell or cow bell (Pulsatilla vulgaris) is a pretty spring plant with large flowers. It used to be a well-known medicinal plant, but today pasque flower is only used in homeopathy, for example against colds or rheumatism. However, the pasque flower has no place in the kitchen, as it has a poisonous effect when fresh. Pregnant women shouldn't use the pasque flower either: The plant promotes menstruation and can cause miscarriage, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy.


Anyone standing under a mistletoe has to kiss - at least that's what custom demands. But the mistletoe (Viscum) is more than just a beautiful decoration. It is traditionally used to support the cardiovascular system and is still used today in cancer therapy. However, mistletoe only belongs in experienced hands, as it has a poisonous effect. Pregnant women should not use mistletoe under any circumstances: their active ingredients migrate into the placenta and can lead to developmental disorders in the child. In this article, you will find six exciting questions and answers about mistletoe.


Feverfew has almost been forgotten (Chrysanthemum parthenium), a plant that looks very similar to our chamomile. In the past, feverfew was a sought-after remedy for all kinds of women's complaints, from period cramps to menopause. The plant owes its name to its use during pregnancy: During childbirth, it promotes labor and helps drive out the afterbirth. Nevertheless, pregnant women should not ingest the plant - especially in the first third, the plant's monthly bleeding effect can lead to miscarriages.


In hearty dishes or as schnapps - juniper (Juniperus communis) has long since found its place in our kitchens. The dark berries in particular can be used in many ways and are a real culinary delight. However, pregnant women should not use too large amounts of the kitchen spice: Juniper can have a stimulating effect on the uterus. Juniper should therefore not be used in concentrated oils or a tea in particular. There is nothing wrong with adding a little spice to the stew.


Cinnamon is a must, especially at Christmas time. The spice, which is obtained from the bark of different types of cinnamon tree, is simply delicious. However, many warn against using it during pregnancy. The reason: cinnamon has an antispasmodic effect and can thus stimulate labor. However, the usual amounts of cinnamon in baked goods or as a spice are completely unproblematic. Pregnant women should refrain from excessive cinnamon consumption. Cinnamon capsules or cinnamon oil should also not be taken. A single cinnamon star is absolutely unproblematic.

If you prefer not to take any chances when choosing plants for your garden, you will find a list of non-toxic and absolutely child and animal-safe plants here.

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I am a student of agricultural sciences and a real village child. At home I have a small vegetable garden that I tend and look after, and I prefer to spend the time outside. When I'm not outdoors, I love to write. My love is not only for plants and writing, but also especially for the animal world.
Favorite fruit: currants and raspberries.
Favorite vegetables: salsify, savoy cabbage and potatoes.