dangerous plants for pgcy?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-24-2005
dangerous plants for pgcy?
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Wed, 08-03-2011 - 2:10pm

In my last pregnancy I never really thought about this, and everything turned out great. But today I was googling an exotic plant (for work) and it was listed together with a lot of others as poisonous or (gasp!) abortive!

http://www.botanical-online.com/english/abortiveplants.htm

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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-06-2006
Wed, 08-03-2011 - 2:40pm

Wow, I've never heard that about oregano, parsley and basil. I regularly cook with all three. Hell, I had Italian food last night and probably ate all three in my dish!

I honestly think that you'd have to have a large concentration of the plants, fresh, or their oils, in order to be at risk for a problem. A bit of any of them fresh or dried in a recipe can't be a serious risk. I mean those are such commonly used

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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-24-2005
Wed, 08-03-2011 - 6:11pm

LOL! yeah... now I just feel silly!

Of course you are right! I've even heard the warnings about certain fishes and we are not even a big fish eating culture!

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Registered: 02-06-2006
Wed, 08-03-2011 - 6:37pm
No, don't feel silly! As soon as I read what you wrote I got all freaked out too! It's hard not to.

Then I was like wait, wait, wait.....there's SO much info about the risks of EVERYTHING, how is it possible I've never heard of this??? Took me a bit to talk myself off the ledge though, for sure.

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Registered: 02-27-2011
Wed, 08-03-2011 - 6:38pm
I agree with Jamie. Most of those plants need to be consumed in large quantities or mixed with others. Even large amounts of orange juice (think IV pumping it continuously in your veins for several days) can cause abortions, but having a few glasses every day your entire pregnancy will NOT cause an abortion (although honestly it gives me such bad heartburn I avoid it while pregnant lol).

Make sure that you do read labels but I guarantee if pasta sauce was not ok for pregnant women there would be a warning on the label :)

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