Today I’m pulling a post out of the archives and polishing it up for our Beautiful, Healthy You blog series!  If you’ve missed any of the other posts in this series, you can check them out right here. 

If you’ve ever wondered about taking herbs during pregnancy, here’s a list of my top five!  xoxoxo, Kristy

Pregnancy is a beautiful, precious season of a woman’s life.

It can also be a time of great discomfort, both physically end emotionally. 

Nine months is a long time to endure digestive disorders, exhaustion, sleeplessness, heart burn, wacky hormones, or countless other health complaints!

Much like my five precious children, my five pregnancies were individually unique.

The factor that remained true for each pregnancy is that I had the option to make the “season” more healthy by my personal choices.

Exercise, proper rest, and of course a healthy diet all factor into making pregnancy as vibrant as possible.  However, today, I want to focus on the herbs that became my best friends during pregnancy.

5 Top Herbs for the Pregnant Mama | Beautiful Healthy You blog series @ Little Natural Cottage

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is obviously a clay, not an herb.  I’m including it in this list because you’re probably going to need it!

I relied on this chalky-tasting supplement in the early months of pregnancy to ease the discomforts of morning all day sickness.  Because bentonite clay binds and flushes toxins out of your body, it is excellent for removing impurities that contribute to nausea.

My favorite form of this product is hydrated bentonite clay.  I took about 1 tablespoon of the liquid clay at the start of my day (before eating), and drank lots of water to flush it through my body.

Caution and Safety:

Bentonite clay is safe before, during, and after pregnancy.

Do not take it simultaneously with other supplements or vitamins, as it can “remove” nutrients and minerals from your body right along with the toxins.  You can read more about the many benefits of bentonite clay here.

Red Raspberry

Red raspberry leaf is a popular “tonic” for pregnancy health, and for good reason!  It is loaded with essential nutrients, including vitamins C, E, A and B complex, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and easily assimulated iron and calcium.  This little herb is a powerhouse of health!

During each of my pregnancies, I enjoyed red raspberry leaf as an iced tea and drank it throughout the day.  Very refreshing and delicious!  I purchase my organic red raspberry tea from Bulk Herb Store.

Read more about the benefits of red raspberry during pregnancy.

Cautions and Safety:

Red raspberry leaf is safe before, during, and after pregnancy. It is perhaps one of the single most beneficial herbs for a woman’s body during pregnancy.  Because it tones the uterus, caution is recommended during the first trimester if you have a history of miscarriage.

Read all about red raspberry leaf here.

Dandelion Root & Yellow Dock

I’m listing these two herbs in the way they are best used: together.

Both dandelion root and yellow dock cleanse and tone the liver (a toxic liver contributes to morning sickness!), boost iron levels, build blood, and are high in vitamin C.


Yellow dock cleanses the lymphatic system and is a mild laxative (in other words, it can prevent pregnancy constipation!).

Dandelion root is beneficial for preventing anemia, is high in calcium, and is a basic “toner” for female organs.

I take these herbs in capsule form.

Cautions and Safety:

Both dandelion root and yellow dock are safe before, during, and after pregnancy

Olive Leaf

While olive leaf is not traditionally revered as a “pregnancy herb”, I include here because of its amazing ability to kill of a common pregnancy ailment: yeast!

(Read Meagan’s story on overcoming candida during pregnancy.)

Olive leaf is a natural antibiotic and antioxidant, and has powerful anti-microbial, anti-fungal,  anti-parasitic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

It is highly effective in fighting disease, killing off yeast and parasites, building the immune system, lowering blood pressure, promoting cardiovascular health, and fighting free radical damage.  Its antioxidant capacity is almost double green tea extract and 400% higher than vitamin C!  Read more.

From personal experience, I use and recommend organic olive leaves from Bulk Herb Store (to make your own tincture), or Mountain Meadow Herb’s Olive Leaf Tincture.

Cautions and Safety:

Olive leaf is safe before, during, and after pregnancy.


I have personally found these five supplements to benefit my health both during and after pregnancy.  I hope you will reap many benefits from them, as well!




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12 thoughts on “Kristy’s Top 5 Herbs During Pregnancy

  1. Hi Kristy,

    I absolutely LOVE Olive Leaf! A word of caution during pregnancy/breast-feeding though…it has been known to cause herxheimer reactions in some people. It’s best to start with very low doses and gradually build up. (I found your site when I googled it for my expectant sister.) There is concern that a herx reaction could harm a developing baby. Otherwise, it’s my go to herb! It killed an abcess my daughter had that even the strongest antibiotics could not cure!



    Posted on September 1, 2016 at 9:55 am
    1. Thank you for sharing, Lisa!

      I’ve also found Olive Leaf to be very helpful, and safe to take during pregnancy. Every midwife and holistic practitioner I’ve talked to has considered it to be a mild and gentle, but effective, natural antiobiotic.

      Posted on September 8, 2016 at 6:42 am
  2. What is the recommended doseage to take while pregnant. I am 7 months pregnant and just bought Oli leaf 20:1 15% Oleuropein. Tried to find the correct doseage but cant find it for pregnant women

    Posted on August 27, 2016 at 7:04 pm
    1. Alexandria, I take the recommended dose from Mountain Meadow Herbs, which is 1/4 tsp three times daily. However, I can’t give a recommended dose to you, since I’m not sure which product or brand you have, and obviously I’m not a certified herbalist or a health care professional.

      Posted on September 8, 2016 at 6:44 am
  3. Hi Kristy,
    I have also found that most sources, recommend not taking Olive Leaf during pregnancy due to insufficient data as to safety. Every packaged supplement carries a warning, no pubmed studies for safety in pregnancy, pretty much every source I have found other than the bulk herb store. Would you mind sharing which herb books you consulted? I would like to be able to take it and your use of it during pregnancy makes me feel a bit more confidant but additional resources would be great : ) Thanks.

    Posted on February 9, 2016 at 10:38 am
  4. Kristi, thanks for a great article! I’ve started taking olive leaf extract by supplement and not by raw leaf. Any distinction in this/ still safe for pregnacy?

    Posted on December 13, 2015 at 12:48 pm
    1. Hi Marta!

      The herbal extract is actually extracted from the leaf, so, yes, it is still safe for pregnancy!

      Congratulations and blessings!! xoxoxo

      Posted on December 14, 2015 at 7:42 pm
  5. Hi Kristy,

    Where did you get your info that olive leaf is safe during pregnancy? Everything I’ve read said there’s no research to support its safety. I love olive leaf and would love to be able to take it right now. Thanks!

    Posted on December 6, 2015 at 1:47 am
    1. Hello Marie!

      My midwife was the first to recommend Olive Leaf to me about seven years ago, and I have taken it before, during, and after pregnancies ever since.

      I’m curious to know what resources you’re reading, because every herbal book I’ve ever consulted validates the safety of Olive Leaf for children and during pregnancy. It is a very gentle herb.

      For further reading, check out this link:

      Posted on December 7, 2015 at 8:24 am
  6. Many herbs good during pregnancy but i think drumstics and moringa is the best 🙂

    Posted on December 16, 2014 at 3:59 am
    1. Can I take this while breastfeeding ? I’m pregnant and my doctor said its fine to take it , I take it one to two times a day but just wanted to be sure once I start breastfeeding it will still be safe .

      Posted on August 12, 2016 at 6:57 pm
      1. Hi, which specific herbs are you asking about?

        Posted on August 12, 2016 at 8:03 pm