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Is an herbal sleep aid safe during pregnancy?

While many realize over the counter sleeping aids are a no-no during pregnancy, many do not realize that herbal supplements can be just as bad, if not even more dangerous, to take during pregnancy.

Because herbal remedies are not regulated in the same way prescription and over-the-counter drugs are, you never really know what is in the product you are taking, even when the ingredients are listed right on the package. Many random tests have shown certain ingredients added to herbal supplements that are not listed on the package.

You will want to discuss taking any herbal supplements with your doctor. If possible, purchase the one you are thinking of taking, so your doctor and see and read the ingredients for him or herself.

Experts also suggest you stick with recognizable brand names when purchasing herbal supplements. Brand names are less likely to have hidden or undisclosed ingredients, ensuring you do not accidentily take something you shouldn't.

But NEVER take an herbal sleep aid (or herbal supplements of any kind) during pregnancy without first checking with your doctor.

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