Pregnancy

Herbs and herbal formulations have been used throughout history

Herbs and herbal formulations have been used throughout history in all aspects of female reproductive health, and have been used across many cultures to strengthen, tonify and support during pregnancy. Traditionally pregnancies were handled by midwives or other "wise women" and were not considered a "medical condition". Since the rise of mainstream medicine, we have seen a shift from this traditional pattern to pregnancies monitored and even controlled by physicians. As this trend has grown there has been much confusion and misinformation regarding the use of herbs during pregnancy, and much of what is currently advised could be considered alarmist at worst or, at the least, unnecessarily overcautious.

There are a couple factors to consider when determining if an herb or formula is appropriate; including the intended action of the herb, the part of the plant used, and the actual percentage of the specific herb in the overall formulation. Many cases of contraindications you will find regard the entire herb, when it is only a specific part that is not recommended during pregnancy. Likewise, many herbs are contraindicated at high doses only, yet you will see this contraindication applied to a formula containing a very small percentage per dose of that specific herb—when in reality that herb at lower doses actually has a healing or tonic effect!

Finally, many herbs are listed as "not recommended during pregnancy" not because any adverse effects were ever noted with their use, but simply because no information on the safety can be "conclusively established". In other words, a particular herb may have been used during pregnancy throughout the ages, will be deemed "not recommended" or not safe because there has not been a study performed in the last 20 years.

The following recommendations for Dr. Morse's Cellular Botanicals have been established based on traditional use, current research (that we consider accurate and reliable), and Dr. Morse's nearly 50 years of herbal expertise. Dr. Morse's Cellular Botanicals are superb herbal formulas to cleanse, regenerate and strengthen the tissues of the body, restoring your health and vitality. However, we do recommend avoiding or using caution with some formulas during pregnancy (see below).

If you are pregnant, consider waiting to detox deeply until your little one is born. Focus instead on using food as a cleanser! There are some situations that may require detoxification using herbal formulas during pregnancy, and in these cases we suggest that one meet with a counselor for personalized guidance. Read on for more information on using diet and detoxification to support a healthy pregnancy.

Prior to Conception

For anyone looking to become pregnant, we recommend focusing heavily on cleaning up your diet. Focus on keeping your diet as raw as possible, and as much fruit as possible. If you feel you need cooked foods, have some lightly steamed veggies. You will definitely want to avoid wheat, meat and dairy! Berries and melons are excellent nerve regenerators and lymph movers, and green drinks can be added as needed. Clean out as much as possible and get everything strengthened as much as you can!

Using a minimum of two of the 14 week Deep Tissue Cleansing Kits is highly recommended, the longer the better prior to conception! This (kit use AND diet) applies to men as well—women do not make babies alone and only half of a person’s genes come from their mother!

Female Reproductive formula is a great way to strengthen and tone the reproductive organs and prepare them for pregnancy. This can be added to any protocol you're already working with! We recommend taking this formula as long as possible prior to conception.

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Pregnancy

Once you have conceived, we have some wonderful formulas that are perfect for supporting a strong, healthy pregnancy. The top three recommendations for anyone who is pregnant are the Kidneys and Bladder formulas, the Bone and Connective Tissue Support, and the Superfood formula (any of them). The kidney formula will help strengthen and support the kidneys and keep them filtering throughout pregnancy (to help you eliminate lymphatic waste), and the Bone and Connective Tissue Support will help strengthen the parathyroid gland. Virtually all problems "common" during pregnancy and breastfeeding (varicose veins, depression, bone/tooth/dental problems, sagging skin, etc.) go back to a weakened parathyroid gland—so during pregnancy we really need to help that gland as much as possible! The Superfood is very nutritionally dense and a great way to supplement our diets and ensure that both mom and baby receive the best possible nutrition. This can be especially helpful when you're experiencing nausea or suffering from lack of appetite!

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Endocrine Glands

The endocrine glands are the bosses (or controllers and regulators) of the cells, tissues and organs of the body. Genetically weakened tissue has been passed down from generation to generation, resulting in children coming into the world with levels of chronic and degenerative diseases which have never been seen before! So it is absolutely vital to lay a strong foundation and support healthy gland development and function.

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Detoxification

Pregnancy is a time to build up, so for the most part deep detoxification is not recommended and it is especially not a good idea the farther along you get. Instead of actively detoxing, use foods to clean your system! Focus on keeping your diet as raw as possible, and as much fruit as possible. If you feel you need cooked foods, have some lightly steamed veggies. You will definitely want to avoid wheat, meat and dairy! Never underestimate the healing power of foods, a raw diet can do wonders in cleaning and gently detoxifying your system, creating a healthy environment for your developing baby.

You'll want to use caution with the Lymphatic System and Lymph Nodes formulas. Please refer to our “Pregnancy and Herbal Formulas—What to Take and What to Avoid” handout for a list of formulas to use with caution or avoid while pregnant (and breastfeeding). Instead, focus on astringent fruits to help break up and move the lymph in a more gentle way. Berries and melons are great detox foods as well as great for pregnancy, and green juices can be taken whenever you feel the need.

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Bowel Formulas

When it comes to Bowel formulas, the reason they're not generally recommended during pregnancy is because they create pulling in the lower abdomen, which is not something you want to be artificially creating in late pregnancy! This is why stimulant laxatives (such as cape aloe and cascara Sagrada) have always been contraindicated during pregnancy. However, many of these stimulant laxatives are now considered appropriate for pregnancy—so long as you follow the recommended dosage schedule (in other words, don’t overdo it!). When you have a tiny little body sitting on part of your colon constricting it, a light bowel formula can be a really helpful thing. Just use common sense with the bowel formulas, always start low (dosage-wise) and work up if necessary.

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Breastfeeding

When it comes to breastfeeding many of the herbal contraindications are no longer a factor, since stimulating uterine contractions or creating a downward "pull" are no longer a concern. But remember…whatever mom eats, baby eats! And whatever mom does, baby does! So you still want to be focusing on strengthening and building up; once baby is weaned you can focus on detoxing deeply! You'll want to continue the herbal formulas recommended for pregnancy, and continue to avoid those not recommended (above) during this time.

Remember that the pituitary gland produces prolactin, the hormone responsible for making breast milk. If breast milk production or supply is a problem, a pituitary weakness may need to be addressed.

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