In 2012 the FDA added ashwagandha, a herb believed to have many benefits, to the list of foods that are considered safe to eat during pregnancy.
Despite the fact that the FDA has now declared ashwagandha safe, the herb can cause serious problems for women who are pregnant. First of all, it can interfere with the normal hormone production of the human body and/or damage the developing fetus. It can also damage the developing fetus by interfering with the body’s normal ability to absorb certain nutrients. Ashwagandha is also believed to interfere with the baby’s brain development, causing birth defects.
We tried it for a while and it didn’t seem to do too much damage, but we did experience some problems with our son. At 16 weeks, he had problems swallowing and we had to use a feeding tube to feed him. He seemed to be fine with liquids and we thought it was a good thing. However, if he ate solid food too soon after birth, it would cause him to be underweight.
I did a video on this on Reddit. You can watch it here.
It should probably be noted that ashwagandha is a herb in Ayurveda, one of the oldest systems of medicine in existence. Its root has been used to treat epilepsy, insomnia, depression, and in the past it’s been used for treating eye diseases and even cancer.
Ashwagandha is a herb that’s been used for centuries to make plants grow and grow fast, and that’s why it’s such a good herb to feed babies. It’s believed to be an anti-inflammatory, but according to a study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, there are other uses to its use, such as treating the common cold.
One common side effect in the past is a high chance of miscarriage, and even though ashwagandha is usually taken with a lot of other herbs to help support a woman’s health, the risks are often overlooked by doctors. In the study, researchers found that pregnant women taking ashwagandha for six weeks saw no increase in miscarriages.
A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that there is a huge increase in the number of pregnancies in women who took the herb for at least seven weeks, including one woman with three miscarriages. But even this small increase in pregnancies is huge when you consider that just one woman taking ashwagandha for a week is statistically significant.
And why do I love this study so much? Because the study was designed to look at miscarriages, not actual pregnancies. So while they took a look at miscarriages (which is to say, all abortions), they didn’t look at actual pregnancies. This means that the women who took the herb had a higher rate of miscarriages. But what they did find is that there is no increase in the actual number of actual pregnancies as a result of taking the herb.
Well, that doesn’t mean that it’s safe for pregnancy. According to a very credible study by one of our own, there is a link between taking ashwagandha and miscarriage. But that link appears to be much weaker than the link between smoking cigarettes and miscarriage. The link between taking ashwagandha and miscarriage is weaker than the link between smoking cigarettes and miscarriage by a factor of about 1,000.