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Is elderberry safe during pregnancy?

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As a first time mom, there’s nothing worse than being pregnant and sick.

You’re limited in the medications you can take and even foods you’d normally eat for comfort.

Unfortunately, elderberry isn’t considered a safe alternative for women who are pregnant.

Pregnant woman pours elderberry onto spoon.

Why isn’t elderberry considered safe?

Elderberry isn’t thought to be safe, simply because no research has been done.

According to Natural Beginning, there have been zero completed human or animal studies.

So, while there isn’t any evidence that elderberry is harmful to you or your baby during pregnancy, there also isn’t any evidence that proves it’s safe.

For the time being, you should choose proven medications and remedies for your cough and cold.

What can I take?

Robitussin DM is safe during pregnancy along with several other over the counter medications:

  • Mucinex
  • Benadryl
  • Robitussin
  • Cough drops (with or without menthol)
  • Tylenol
  • Saline Drops
  • Vicks VapoRub

NOTE: Don’t take formulations that are SA (meaning sustained action) or Multi-Symptom. You can find this information on the label or double-check with the pharmacist to be sure.

If you suffer from depression symptoms (or later, postpartum depression) be sure to consult with your doctor and choose the safest antidepressant during pregnancy and for breastfeeding.

Are there other safe, natural remedies?

Supplements and natural remedies aren’t required to follow the same strict testing that medications and drugs do before manufacture.

Because of this, it is always recommended to consult with your doctor before taking any supplements or natural remedies.

Your doctor can point you to safe and effective options that you won’t have to second guess.

When it comes to the health of your baby, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

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