Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C
- Black Cohosh for Labor and Delivery
- Cell Salt
- Coconut Oil
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Epsom Salt, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Fertility Remedies
- Flax Seed Oil
- Folic Acid
- General Feedback
- Ginger for Pregnancy Nausea
- Intrauterine Growth Restriction
- Lemon and Baking Soda Water
- Lemon Juice, Raw Ginger
- Natural Alternatives to the Rhogam Shot
- Natural Antidepressants
- Natural Birth Control
- Pickle Juice
- Pregnancy Rash: Dandelion Extract, Witch Hazel
- Premature Menopause
- Raspberry Yogurt
- Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
- Remedies Needed
- Schuessler Tissue Salts
- Ted's Remedies
- To Promote Labor
"The following are complaints that may occur during pregnancy:
* Back pain. A particularly common complaint in the third trimester when the patient's center of gravity has shifted. * Constipation. A complaint that is caused by decreased bowel motility secondary to elevated progesterone (normal in pregnancy), which can lead to greater absorption of water. * Braxton Hicks contractions. Occasional, irregular, painless contractions that occur several times per day. * Edema. Common complaint in advancing pregnancy. Caused by compression of the inferior vena cava (IVC) and pelvic veins by the uterus leads to increased hydrostatic pressure in lower extremities. * Regurgitation, heartburn and nausea. Common complaints that may be caused by Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD); this is determined by relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and increased transit time in the stomach (normal in pregnancy). About 1% of pregnant women will suffer from excessive vomiting in pregnancy called hyperemesis gravidarum, in which the lack of foods, fluids and nutrients can be harmful to the baby. * Haemorrhoids. Complaint that is often noted in advancing pregnancy. Caused by increased venous stasis and IVC compression leading to congestion in venous system along with increased abdominal pressure secondary to the pregnant space-occupying uterus and constipation. * Pelvic girdle pain. A common complaint is pain, instability or dysfunction of the symphysis pubis and/or sacroiliac joints resulting from either excess strain or injury (such as Diastasis symphysis pubis) during the course of the pregnancy or birthing process. * Increased urinary frequency. A common complaint referred by the gravida that is caused by increased intravascular volume, elevated GFR (glomerular filtration rate), and compression of the bladder by the expanding uterus. * Varicose veins. Common complaint caused by relaxation of the venous smooth muscle and increased intravascular pressure." (Wikipedia)
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
[YEA] 09/12/2007: Karen from Birmingham, Michigan: "ALMONDS: I had been taking aciphex for my acid reflux for over a year. After trying to lose weight with no success, I discovered over the internet that some people have a weight problem with aciphex. I stopped using it and decided to try a natural remedy that I used when I was pregnant and it works! It's real simple: plain almonds. I eat about 5 with breakfast and then eat a few each time I eat and I haven't felt my reflux. This was a remedy that a nurse told me about many years ago when I was pregnant with my first child, 1981. I'm so glad I remembered it. Just to let you know, I am a drinker of chlorinated tap water; (read below) but somehow that remedy makes sense, too. Oh, and by the way, I began to lose weight after stopping the aciphex!"
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 10/18/2010: Kellie from Frisco, Tx: "Found Earth Clinic a year ago and love this site!! Thank you!! Have had pregnancy diabetes for my past 2 preg. Now I've over 40 and preg with my 3rd. Started having problems again at the end of 1st trimester. Really watched what I ate... no refined carbs, no sweets, nothing but protein for breakfast or else sugars would go as high as 165 and I'd be dizzy/sick. Had to keep carbs below 60g a day and even then couldn't eat them all at once. In middle of 2nd trimester had to cut back even more. So I started Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with Dr. 's permission. (But what Dr wouldn't be OK with an amount equal to what most put on a salad?) (2 tea in 8oz of water 2x's a day... Empty stomach. )
After 1 week, tested it with a piece of whole wheat toast at breakfast with my usual eggs/cheese/bacon. Before it would have made me dizzy and I'd be up above 150 an hour after eating. It was only 140. WONDERFUL!!!! Now I'm only 6 weeks from my due date. I can eat a piece of pizza for dinner, or a hotdog for lunch with the bun! I even can have a bit of sugar in my ice tea or a few bites of apple pie. I can have a few bites of a chocolate bar too!!! None of this was possible before! My sugar's now are very stable. They never go above 140 an hour after a meal and 2hrs after they are down around 110. ACV seems to have a compounding effect. The longer I'm on it the more often I can eat carbs. I can now have a bit of pasta or a piece of pizza or wheat toast every day! I still can't eat more than 1/2 slice of wheat toast at breakfast, but that's OK. I can eat almost anything I want in moderation!! It's made life wonderful! As we all know preg women have lots of cravings. I can indulge in anything, just in moderation. This is great!!!! Another effect that is more subtle is the swelling. I gain a LOT of weight while pregnant (40lbs usually). But, I eat very healthy, and the weight goes on at 1 pound a week. But, that's still a lot of weight. After 2wks on ACV I noticed my body seemed less 'puffy' and I went 2 weeks without gaining any weight. It's hard to explain, but preg women should know what I mean. I have no swelling in my feet or arms unless I sit for hours. People who've seen me during my other preg's constantly comment how great I look during this one. My Dr. Is impressed each time I see him. Yes, it is work and I have to be really good and never miss a dose of ACV. I also keep very close watch on what I eat. But, it is so worth it!!! I know I can control my sugars without drugs!!! It is a wonderful empowering feeling!!! Thank you for this great site Earth Clinic!!!"
[YEA] 09/12/2009: Gasping For Air from Budapest, Hungary: "Apple Cider Vinegar for blocked sinuses: I am in my second trimester of pregnancy and suffering from a pretty bad cold. When I tried to go to bed, my sinuses were completely blocked, so I was lying on my back, breathing through my mouth, but feeling like I was suffocating from the post-nasal drip. I was desperate to find something to unblock my nose, but since I want to stay away from medications, I found this site. I decided to try drinking apple cider vinegar. I poured (generously) about 2 tablespoons into some hot water, mixed it with honey and struggled to get it down. Less than 10 minutes later, my left nostril is completely clear. Thanks so much for the advice. It was a godsend!"
[NAY] 03/01/2009: Katie from Springfield, OH: "I am 7 months pregnant and have had severe sinus problems the entire time. Nothing OTC works for me including Benadryl or Tylenol Sinus. I've tried the Vick's Vaporizor and nothing. Afrin gives some relief but I think I've become immune to it. I've been using it for months and at increasing intervals throughout the day. So after reading all these positive comments about drinking the ACV with water, I thought I'd try it. I mixed about 2 tablespoons of ACV with 8 ounces of warm water and drank it. It tasted a little like lemon tea with no sweetener so I didn't find the taste to be terribly off-putting; however it's been about 2 hours and NO difference at all in my sinuses. I may try it again and see if it does anything with repeated use, but so far, I am not getting any effect at all from this remedy."Replies
03/03/2009: Joyce from Joelton, Tn. replies: "Hello Katie, Your remedy may be causing the problem. Afrin should not be used more than 3 days continuously because you get a rebound swelling that is worse than when you started it. Leave off that Afrin and use plenty of normal saline flushing to open up the nose & sinuses."
07/24/2012: Elaine from Edmond, Oklahoma, Usa replies: "I see this thread is from 2009, but if anyone else reads this and has the same problem here is trick I learned several years ago. Joyce is right, nasal sprays like Afrin can be addicting. It's hard to get off these sprays cold turkey. So, here's what you do, only use the nasal spray on one nostril and let the other one go. You can still breathe through one nostril while the other one is getting away from the spray. When you can breathe through the nostril that is no longer addicted stop the nasal spray all together. This worked for three people I know. It's much easier that going cold turkey."
[YEA] 02/06/2008: Sarah from Columbus, Ohio: "I am 3 months pregnant and have been sufferring from terrible digestion issues (GERD, nausea, constipation, bloating, gas, etc). One of my friends told me to try apple cider vinegar to help alleviate some of my symptoms. I had my husband buy me a generic brand of ACV at the grocery store and I just started taking it yesterday. I believe that it is already making a difference in the way my gut feels; however, I just read one of the articles on this site that says distilled/pasturized ACV is "dead" and that you are losing most of the value if you are not using an organic, non-distilled version. My doctor does not want me to take anything that is not pasturized (for fear of any bacteria harming my baby). Does this mean it is pointless for me to use the grocery store brand of ACV? I haven't been using the ACV for long enough to know if it is truly effective at alleviating my problems or if all the "feeling better" stuff is just in my head. If anyone can confirm whether regular store bought (pasturized) ACV is still useful, I would greatly appreciate your comments."Replies
07/22/2009: Tina from Warren, MI replies: "I am now just into my 8th month of pregnancy and have been eating raw cheese, raw butter, and drinking raw milk my whole pregnancy. My baby is strong and healthy. I have read that the chances are rare that you can harm the baby by having raw unpasterized products. Since I have started eating this way I have had a better pregnancy then my others."
07/23/2009: Kaylin from Hampton, IL replies: "Contrary to politically correct nutrition, not all bacteria is bad for you! People have been eating food with bacteria for thousands of years and stayed much healthier than most Americans. Read "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon. You need lots of good bacteria to balance the bad bacteria, and if you get the really good fermented, unpasteurized ACV with the floaties in it you are getting A LOT of great bacteria to colonize your gut and help you digest and boost your immune system. I drink unpasteurized milk and make kefir with it... it's loaded with good bacteria. You just have to make sure you get it from healthy cows kept by a clean farmer. And don't bother with dead ACV. What's the point?"
[YEA] 03/03/2013: Ruth from Fairmont, Wv (currently Working In Norway): "My husband and I have a lot of problems with sore muscles--neck, back, sciatic nerves, etc. We take arnica (homeopathic) tablets for pain and use arnica massage oil. It really helps! This pregnancy (#4), I have taken 1 or 2 arnica tablets every night and have had the least problems with leg cramps of all my pregnancies."
Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C
[WARNING!] 12/11/2007: Kat from Albuquerque, New Mexico: "Ted, just wanted to comment on a reply were you stated that vitamin c can help prevent miscarriage. ascorbic acid (synthetic vit c i believe) is actually and abortificient in early term pregnancy, so you should be sure to note that unless a woman is trying to terminate a pregnancy, she should never take ascorbic acid while pregnant (ascorbic acid is the main ingredient in most off brand and lower priced vit c supplements.)"Replies
[YEA] 11/17/2008: Vica from Anaheim, CA replies: "I completely disagree with Kat. Please refer to the following link from the Vitamin C foundation:
Scroll down to the "Pregnancy" section. It goes through all of the studies conducted on pregnant females including animal studies. It also provides the rationale behind the necessity of Vitamin C (especially during pregnancy). I have actually used the Vitamin C protocol in my last pregnancy (3 grams of Vitamin C per day 1st trimester, 6 grams 2nd trimester & 10 grams of Vitamin C in my last trimester). I can honestly say it was the easiest child birth I have had. (I should know since the last child was number 8 for my husband and I.) My baby is the most happy and mellow baby around. To this day I strive to take between 6-10 grams of Vitamin C a day. I highly recommend that everyone reads the information that can be found on
One will truly be amazed at how many illnesses can be cured/treated with high doses of Vitamin C."
08/28/2009: Anonym. from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "you may both be right. it might just be a matter of timing and dosage. as it is, there are herbs that can be emmenagogues (induce a period when it's late) but can also be used to encourage conception; they are just different dosages, at different times of the woman's cycle (before OR after ovulation for instance, makes a difference).
it could be that once the baby is further developed, a dosage of 10 grams is generally safe, as you mention. maybe then you are out of that delicate developing zone.
high doses of vitamin c (preferably absorbic acid) has been and is used to induce a late period and/or miscarraige, in the early stages of pregnancy. please note that the emmenagogue vitamin c dosage is anywhere from 6-12 grams per day of absorbic acid, for no more than 14 days. hopefully this helps to clarify things. i am not an expert but have read quite a bit about natural fertility herbal uses.
just keep in mind that many supplement have dual effects and read up/get advice before you add any new supplement. valerian, for instance. it is a balancer: can stimulate when you are tired, or make you sleepy when you are anxious/wired. i have firsthand experience with this one."
[YEA] 01/29/2010: Angela from Lynchburg, Va replies: "I'm not sure about the form being right to take in pregnancy or not, but I took a top notch 6 a day prenatal with plenty of ascorbic acid in there, and I always had to have my water broken with my babies. (It was coming out intact.) Come to find out from my Midwife, it's the vit. C that causes a tough sack. I will continue to take it, as with my condition of an irritable uterus, most woman seem to loose their babies early due to their water breaking. . .I kept mine full term."
[YEA] 01/08/2011: Tiffany from Conway, Ar replies: "I am a RN in the Burn Center and our MD's prescribe 1000 mg Ascorbic Acid to all our patients (pregnant or otherwise) because it encourages cell regeneration. Cell walls require ascorbic acid (or vitamin C) to repair themselves, so it's a good thing to take extra while you're being required to make new cells - as in growing a new life or healing a wound. I'm 34 weeks pregnant now, and my midwife has encouraged me to take up to 1000 mg of Vitamin C every hour (if needed) for the duration of my pregnancy. It has helped prevent illness as well as grow a healthy baby. I haven't been sick this entire pregnancy and I deal with some REALLY nasty germs while at work."
01/10/2011: Bree from Chicago, Il replies: "The first lady is correct. Synthetic vitamin C is an abortifacient and I have used it as such several times when I was younger. Unlike herbs it works dependably in the right circumstances. It is useful if you use a natural planning method of birth control ("rhythm method") and become fertile unexpectedly within a few days of intercourse. It only works for sure in the first week after conception and you must take very high doses (a tablet every hour or two) in order to ensure success. You will know it worked of course because you will begin menstruation after a couple of days. It's been a decade since I have used it but I believe synthetic vitamin C is a progesterone blocker. For safety, anyone taking vitamin C should be very careful to only take natural vitamin C in lower doses."
05/04/2012: Meg from Jacksonville, Oregon replies: "The only type of vitamin C that is the best and safest is in the form of whole foods such as Camu Camu Berry powder -- the highest form of C you can find. It's not ascorbic acid."
Black Cohosh for Labor and Delivery
[YEA] 01/11/2008: Brigitte from Houston, Texas: "Labor and delivery-Black Kohosh: Only use this product a week and a half or at the earliest, two weeks before delivery if used before this time it can induce premature labor; but when used as described here, it helps to strenghten the uterine wall to facilitate an easier and less stressful labor and delivery. I suggest that an expecting mother take one herbal supplement with each meal. IE, one at breakfast, one at lunch and one at dinner. Continue this regiment until you finally deliver your baby. One added benefit to this herbal remedy resides in the fact that you will not experience the excrutiating pains similar to contractions that are felt when you are nursing the child post natal. You may feel minor discomfort but, thank God, it is nothing like the pain you will endure if you do nothing at all. I am speaking from experience when I tell you this works."Replies
06/05/2010: Nuwera from Dubai replies: "can u tell me what is black cohosh please and where can we get it?"
EC: Hi Nuwera,
More about Black Cohosh here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_cohosh
A health food store in Dubai might carry it or you can will find lots of companies selling the supplement online: http://www.google.com/products?q=black+cohosh&hl=en&aq=f
[YEA] 12/26/2007: Janine from Brisbane, Australia: "I had acid reflux during my first pregnancy and had some relief with over the counter alkalizers. This pregnancy I didn't want to alkalize my stomach acid so I can digest effectively - but I still needed some relief. My naturopath recommended nat phos, the cell salt (also called SP or sodium phosphate) which is working very well, at least as well as antacids without the worry of poor digestive side effects or aluminium additives. Be sure to chew the tablet, or dissolve it in warm water."Replies
01/29/2010: Angela from Lynchburg, Va replies: "I don't know about the cell salt remedy, but I do know that a much cheaper remedy worked for me. . .That was 1/4 t. of baking soda in a little water or juice or milk. Same idea as for regular heartburn. Too much acid in the system is what causes it. Also prevent it with an alkaline diet."
03/31/2013: Rachel from Flintstone, Ga replies: "Cell salts are a very affordable option as they usually come in 250 to 500 tablets per container. Baking soda taken right before or after a meal, where it decreases the stomach acid is going to interfere with proper digestion of your food. An acidic environment is needed to release the calcium from your food and begin breaking down the proteins. Most reflux during pregnancy is caused by the added pressure on the stomach from the baby. What comes up may not burn anymore, but you're also negatively affecting digestion. If you want to use baking soda for a more alkaline system make sure it's taken between meals so that it doesn't negatively affect your body's ability to digest its food."
08/02/2011: Shannabelle from Gilbert, Arizona, Usa: "I am 7 months pregnant and would like to start taking EVCO internally. I currently use it externally as a moisturiser, and after reading all of the wonderful posts testifying to the great overall results, I would like to know if it would be safe for me to begin ingesting it. I am 34, I don't drink, I don't smoke, I eat a pretty healthy diet of fruit, veggies and some meat. I would like to get all of the toxins out of my body using EVCO befor the birth of my son. I plan to breastfeed and I would love to be as healthy as possible to ensure that he has the very best from me internally as well as externally. I would also like to know if it would be safe to use as a moisturizer on my newborn.
I stumbled upon this site accidentally five days ago and since then I have become a sponge. I absolutely love the community of people sharing their personal experiences with virtual strangers. Thank you all for giving your time and effort to help people be as healthy as can be the way the good Lord intended."Replies
08/02/2011: Laurenmichele1 from Carlsbad, Ca replies: "It is absolutely safe! It would do NO harm and only benefit you and your baby for the better! I recommend using it as a moisturizer for your baby instead of all the commercial ones with chemicals no one can pronounce... And it's less expensive! I started giving it to my little ones when they started solids too... Good luck to you!"
08/03/2011: Lily from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "Hi Shannabelle, although I don't like to advise what you should take when you are pregnant I am pretty sure EVCO being a natural oil would be safe especially for external use on yourself and the baby when it is born. I know the South Pacific Islanders have been using coconut oil for an eternity without problems. I would keep the injestion of EVCO to a minimal amount to be sure, maybe about 2tsp daily. Hope this helps. Lily."
[YEA] 08/19/2011: Christal from Austin, Tx replies: "@Shannabelle from Gilbert, Arizona, Hi there, I am currently seven months pregnant and Have been using Coconut oil since I was pregnant with my first child who is now 15 months old! I take a tablespoon a day and started doing so because I got a yeast infection during the first pregnancy and it cured it so I kept taking it, coconut oil is EXTREMELY beneficial for you, I give it to my son as well, not completely raw lol, but I make Creamy Buckwheat for breakfast and put a tablespoon of Coconut oil, make sure its organic and cold pressed and virgin, and I also add a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter and a tablespoon of ground or whole flaxseeds depending on what I have at the time, then I slice a banana and if I have other fruits like strawberries blueberries or bananas I add that! Its delicous and healthy and he loves it, I would drink Raw unpasteurized milk whenever possible as well! You can email me with any questions you might have about anything, I am going to study to become a naturopath.
My email is christaleddlema(at)yahoo.com "
08/19/2011: Christal from Austin , Tx replies: "I forgot to add that Coconut oil is ALSO Antibacterial antimicrobial and antifungal!"
[YEA] 01/19/2012: Sarah from San Diego, Ca, Usa replies: "Coconut oil for EVERYTHING!!!! When I was pregnant with my daughter, I rubbed it on my stretch marks, I ate a tablespoon everyday during my last trimester and used it for my perianal massage during the weeks leading up to delivery and during delivery... Her head was out in one strong push and the rest of her body followed with the next push! After I used it on her dry skin and my cracked nipples! She is now two and loves eating it whenever I let her! I use it to deep condition my hair and in the bedroom as a natural lubrication! Just make sure to get organic unrefined coconut oil!"
01/20/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Sarah, if you don't slow down on that Coconut oil a bit, you may be needing a nanny around the house!!!"
05/02/2012: Lifab replies: "To Lisa from Asheville, Nc:It's quite possible that you're suffering from a vitamin A deficiency. It corrected my continous bleeding when I had the same problem. Don't use synthetic Vitamin A (Palmitate) or beta carotene but natural vitamin A from fish liver oil. Good luck!"
09/13/2012: Syeda from Mysore, Karnataka/ India: "I am 26 yrs old. I am married and have a child 4.5 yrs old I am trying for next baby. But the problem is I have left tube block. After ceserean. I have taken a precaution by using COPPER T. I have used 2.5yrs. And I have remove the COPPER T. from 2.5 yrs I am trying to conceive. What should I have to do."Replies
11/13/2012: Tc from Z, Switzerland replies: "Chasteberry tincture, 2000 mg/ day, plus red raspberry leaf infusions worked for me."
02/17/2012: Lisa from Asheville, Nc: "Currently I am wanting to get pregnant but have issues with my menstrual cycle never ending, at all. My doctor placed me on Birth Control to correct the issue but it has not worked at all. So, I just started going for acupuncture in the hopes that I can get a break from always having my period. The woman I go to for acupuncture suggested I start taking Vitex Chaste Berry to regulate my hormones in order to stop the bleeding and to get pregnant. After researching Vitex, every website is saying not to take it with Birth Control. I should also mention I am on thyroid medication.
My question is, if I start taking Vitex, do I stop the Birth Control? My doctor has not really been any help and at the moment, I can't afford to go back just to ask her these questions. If the Birth Control isn't working as far as making my period stop, then I don't see why I need to stay on it. I'm trying to get pregnant, not stop it from happening. Thanks in advance."Replies
02/17/2012: Carly from Seattle, Wa - USA replies: "Hi Lisa, I don't know anything about chaste berry, but as for the birth control pills... I would chuck those in a heartbeat. Awful stuff. (mo)
Have you read here on Earth Clinic about ACV for menstrual issues? If I were you I would start taking a tablespoon of unsulphered blackstrap molassas every morning, along with Organic virgin coconut oil. (for thyroid support). I put both in my morning coffee.
I would also take ACV a couple of times a day. Look it up on here... I think it is under "menstrual problems" or some such thing. Also, if you are not taking a prenatal vitamin, I would start NOW. You want to be sure you are in fighting form before you become pregnant! I do know that the B vitamins are very improtant.
So to sum it all up - I would look up these things on the internet or Earthclinic as they relate to you:
1) Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
2) Unsulphered Blackstrap Molassas
3) Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
4) Vitamins to take before becoming pregnant
Good luck, and please keep us posted!
02/18/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Lisa, try simply taking the remainder of the prescription until it's gone and go from there. As for the Vitex, if it's not working I would try an herbal combination for menstrual issues. Two herbs that come to mind are Elethro Root and Dong Quai. Herbal combinations have a much broader spectrum effect on the body compared to single herb. Might be helpful to take some B-12 and Folic Acid to keep the blood counts up, as well as a very good whole food multivitamin/mineral to detox & heal the entire body.
Good luck please post results."
02/18/2012: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Lisa, Unfortunately some Drs put you on the pill for this and often its not the right one for your imbalance. Gynecologists &/or even endocrinologist are better. That said years ago my gyn & endo did help me but only whilst on treatment but once off teatment almost back to square one and as we know you can't get pregnant (very rare) whilst on the pill! Whereas with some herbal treatments you can actually fix the problem. I took yarrow tea with success (1 cup on rising & 1 cup mid afternoon but not whilst menstruating, as per Maria Treben) because yarrow was easy for me to get. Chasteberry was not available to me then. All that I have read about it sounds good and many have had success with it both in becoming regular and pregnant.
Personally I would not be taking the pill if it is not working. Plus you really should not try to conceive till you have been off the pill for four months minimum. Whilst they say it does not cause birth defects it can lower your folic acid and folic acid deficiency causes neural tube birth defects. I have read that on the 28th or 29th day of pregnancy it is vital and of course we don't usually know we are even pregnant then. Thus 4 months is a minimum for pre-conception nutrition. So in answer to your question I personally would take the herb and not take the pill to allow the herb to do its job.
As you have a thyroid problem please research iodine, many have posted here and only a couple of days ago Bill's info was great.
Pregnancy and pre-conception nutrition (in addition to what Carly has mentioned), sorry not many references as I'm reaching into my memory bank, these are not the only ones as I'm sure you know :
Selenium (and extra if you have amalgam fillings) - downs syndrome
Vit D - many! Http://vitamin-d-answers.info/three-important-vitamin-d-benefits-for-pregnancy
Vit B6 - Nausea (all Bs are important)
Vitamin E with the selenium - muscular dystrophy, Dr Joel Wallach
Folic Acid - Neural tube defects
Iodine - Brain development, Cretinism
Vit C small amount with meals to aid natural iron absorption. Plus don't drink tea (even green) with meals as it reduces iron absorption.
Love to know when you get pregnant. All the best."
02/21/2012: Gaylebsteve from West Columbia, Sc replies: "Rasberry Leaf Tea is very helpful in strengthing the uterus in order to get pregnant and support a fetus."
06/13/2012: Carol from Bridgetown, St James Barbados replies: "I had that same problem I bleed for three month straight the dr put me on pills but the pills did not help in no way so I stop taking them and deside to go for herbs my hevenley father give us herbs for healing thanks to the people that know what herb to take for what issue that we have some how I went on the net and find earth clinic. Every thing that I found for my issues I take. I start with cayan pepper and blackstrap molasses so I drank that ant stop eating meat and dairy products and my bleeding did stop.. But I went back and eat chicken and started do use dairy product again and it started back and try to keep away from stress try to be happy I know what I am telling you is true, when I am stress I does bleed for a long time. But thank God now I knew what to take. I do not take too many cayenne pepper any more because I find that it burn my stomach so I take a can of beets the juice that in the can I mix it with the molasses red wine or aloes, get hibiscus petals wash and eat about 5 petals, and get shepherd purse from health store steep and drink till bleeding stop, and get red raspberry steep and drink as a tea you can drink that every day. If they is any thing else you want to know e mail me at bornagain-48(at)live.com forget the dr pills it do not work I do not bleed for month any more. I hope that this info work. be bless."
06/15/2011: Shilpa from Hydarabad, Andhra Pradesh: "hi , I found ur article very useful.
i am diagnosed as pcod and conceived my Gonal F NATURALLY, but it turned out to be unexplained ectopic pregnancy. No blockage. I lost my right Fallopian tube through laproscopy. I came across the Castor pack therapy. It has been two months after the lapro. Can I go for castor pack therapy? please help me I don't want to take chance for the next pregnancy.
Epsom Salt, Hydrogen Peroxide
[YEA] 11/06/2007: Amanda from Philadelphia, PA: "I'm in my 9th month of pregnancy and my baby is sitting on my sciatica nerve. I can barely walk somedays but this helps alot! I take a pretty hot bath with Epsom Salt, A bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil in the bath and soak for 20-30 minutes. It helps alleviate the pain a great deal. You can also get on your hands and knees (all fours) and tilt your pelvis and this relieves pressure. I hope this helps."Replies
12/23/2009: Angela from Lynchburg, Va replies: "Great advice for what ails you, pregnant or not. It would relax the muscles some, but for long term relief of sciatic pain, massage with chiropractic care have been the only thing that have helped my longstanding pain. No other things will work, more than temporarily, as there are many causes of sciatic pain."
06/19/2011: Sarah from Baltimore, Md replies: "For sciatica pain, I have been taking vit b12 (also known as the NERVE vitamin! ) it works amazingly. Take 2000 mcg as soon as pain starts. Take again throughout the day if necessary. 400mcg of folic acid helps in the absorption of the vit b12."
02/28/2010: Karen K from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: "Fantastic site - I am absolutely glued to it!! I was looking at how to become pregnant (to conceive) but I can't find the topic - do you have any advice you could share for a friend of mine? Thanks very much for the generous help that you have offered on this site. It is greatly appreciated."
EC: Hi Karen, please check out this page for remedies: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/infertility.html
02/28/2010: Celteyes from Pearland, Texas replies: "I had 2 friends use Maca..one took 2 capsules three times daily and the other said she wasn't very consistent but used it at least 2 capsules once daily and both were having trouble conceiving. They also said they noticed more energy and I know that is true because I began taking it because it is suppose to be a good support for the female system and it gave me a feeling of well being and a little more energy."
07/11/2012: Carol from Bridgetown, Barbados replies: "I am a 50 year old woman was having menstrual problems I take every thing that I read on earth clinic dont get me wrong they all slow down the bleeding, less blood clots but I will still bleed for 20 days or sometimes 24 days and then the bleeding will stop. And then I will have a very short cycle still something was missing to balance my hormone I read what u said about maca went to the health store bought some. In about 2 weeks it work for me I recommend Maca root powder for women who are having menstrual problems and fertility problems I take 2 capsules three times a day and now I am having a normal 7 days per I ran out of tab went and bought the powder what I read about maca I will not stop taking it. And I thank the Lord Jesus for the herbs he said in his words the herbs is for the healing of the nation. thank you earth clinic in everything give God thanks."