Use of Supplements  in

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.


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Information given about products or their ingredients refers to research-based evidence; some sources of evidence are on the Links pages. It would be impossible to fit the information in these references onto each page.

Reference to ‘traditional use’ reflects well-documented common use, by ordinary people, over many years, often in more than one country. ‘Traditional use’ does not imply any research evidence or safety level, it is included for information only, and is not a recommendation.

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It is hard to get reliable evidence for the safety of any natural remedy, or drug, in pregnancy, breastfeeding, or young children. This is because, understandably, no-one is going to conduct experiments on these groups of people.

General supplements sold specifically for Fertility, Pregnancy or soon after childbirth, must undergo strict screening for safety.

Individual herbs or vitamins may not have this assurance. You must make your own decision on which other supplements you consider suitable in pregnancy or childbirth: it is unlikely that anyone can give definite reassurance or accurate research on safety. Long-term traditional usage is sometimes our only guide. I have used information where available from research, traditional usage, and from the manufacturers.

Many products state they should not be used in pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. This rarely indicates that there is evidence of dangers. More commonly, it reflects a lack of evidence of safety.

The following Viridian supplements are claimed by the manufacturer to be suitable in pregnancy or breastfeeding, at the recommended dosages:

Betatene (beta carotene complex)
High 5 Multi Vitamins (warning, contain Iodine)
Multi Phytonutrients
PREGNANCY COMPLEX including vitamin K
Sports Multi including Vitamin K (warning, contain Iodine)
Stress Formula B + C

Vitamin B1 High 1
Vitamin B2 High 2
Vitamin B3 High 3
vitamin B6 High 6
(Do not exceed 100mg day B6)
Vitamin B12 High 12
Vitamin C Acerol Cherry
vitamin C Ester C
Vitamin E*

Acidophilus (probiotic)
Antioxidant Formula
Barley Powder

Co-enzyme Q10
  (vegan omega 3)*
Digestive Aid (not with acid reflux)
Fibre Complex
Flax Oil*
Folic Acid
Glucosamine and Chondroitin
Grape Seed Extract*
Grapefruit Seed
Green Food
Hemp Oil*
Hydroxy Citric Acid (HCA, Gambogia)
Magnesium with B6*
Malic Acid
Potassium with Magnesium*
Pumpkin Oil
Red foods
Trace Minerals
Avena Sativa (oats)
Bilberry and Eyebright
Dandelion and Burdock
Devil's Claw
Echinacea (not long-term)

Horse Chestnut
Jerusalem Artichoke
Licorice (not long-term)
Milk Thistle
Olive Leaf
Oregon Grape
Vervain (from last 2 weeks of pregnancy only)
Wood Betony

* avoid close to childbirth, slight anti-coagulant effect, risk of bleeding.
Please read Terms and Conditions.
Homeopathic remedies, taken with guidance from a registered homeopath, are suitable for pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and in babies and young children. The same is not true of homeopathics bought over the counter.

For children's info please see
Natural Remedies for Children’s Illnesses
including 'My Child Can't Swallow Pills' on Page 3,

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