I'm planning to take some herbal infusions during pregnancy. Hilary Jacobsen gave me a pregnancy protocol that you told her about and it says to drink infusions once a week of nettle, comfrey, oat straw, red clover, and red raspberry. I also ran across an article by you where you mentioned drinking nettle and red raspberry infusions at least 5 days a week during pregnancy. I had very low milk supply with my first child and am trying to do everything I can to change that next time.
Before I learned about infusions I was going to drink a tea of red clover, red raspberry, and alfalfa everyday to try to build more mammary tissue. Now I want to drink an infusion of the red clover and the red raspberry at least once a week as you mentioned, but I would like to do more than that to get the most benefit that I can. I was thinking of doing two infusions per week and then tea maybe three days a week, or one infusion per week and tea at least 4 times per week. Or more infusions if that would be beneficial. What are your thoughts on this?
Also I'm finding conflicting information about whether or not mullein leaf is safe during pregnancy. I have asthma and had a bad asthma attack during pregnancy last time and had to take prednisone because my rescue inhaler wasn't helping me. I would love to try the mullein leaf to see if it can help my lungs, but of course want to make sure it's safe.
In terms of general health and well-being, we feel that herbal infusions are superior to teas. Along with the healing properties that you are receiving from the herbs, the large quantity of plant material and lengthy steeping time extracts the levels of vitamins and minerals our bodies need, especially during pregnancy. http://medherb.com/Materia_Medica/The_Mineral_Content_of_Herbal_Decoctions_.htm
During my pregnancy, I rotated herbs from day to day, usually 2 days of nettles, 2 days of red raspberry, 1 day of comfrey leaf and 1 day of red clover and 1 day of oatstraw - you can really divide it out however you feel drawn intuitively to do. And I drank usually 2 cups to 1 quart each day. Remember that the infusions are drank one at a time, not mixed together like you find in tea blends. This seems the best way to see how your body reacts to the herb instead of confusing the issue with too many signals.
The teas you are talking about are wonderful for milk production, if it were me, I would be drinking the infusions in a higher quantity than the tea to also be getting the minerals and vitamins. And there is also a lot you can do with the foods you eat to help with milk production during and after pregnancy. Here is an excerpt from Susun's book The Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year. You will find a lot of information to help as well. http://childbearing-year.com/articles-breast-feeding1.php
I am not aware of any problems with mullein during pregnancy. All I can tell you is that I would have no issue with taking it, but you will have to decide how you feel about it. Nearly any herb has conflicting information, especially when it comes to use during pregnancy - often simply because no one has bothered to do much testing with them. I have always found mullein safe and gentle to use.
Congratulations and a happy pregnancy to you.
Wise Woman Team
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