Parsley in Pregnancy?
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Laurie
Posted on: April 7, 2002

I was watching a show awhile back and this girl was a herbalist. One of her friends turned up pregnant. The herbalist told her to eat as much parsley as she could,and stick it up inside herself. I found this hard to believe, but I would like to hear it from expert, being a budding herbalist myself.

Parsley is contraindicated in pregnancy. Parsley is an emmenagogue, meaning it works to stimulate hormones to promote the menstrual blood flow, encouraging miscarriage. It should be avoided during the first 3 months, then very small amounts are allowed in the diet during the last 6 months of pregnancy.

According to Susun Weed, in "The Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Years" (Ash Tree Publishing), other common cooking herbs to be avoided in pregnancy because they may promote miscarriage are: basil, caraway seed, celery seed, ginger, fresh horseradish, savory, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, saffron, sage, tarragon, thyme and watercress.

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