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Is it safe to take st. johns wort while pregnant or breastfeeding?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Uncertain: Most experts recommend against it in pregnacy as it can cause a decrease in uterine tone and colic in babies when nursing.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
NO!: Some reports of birth defects in fetuses and problems with nursing babies whose mothers use st john's wort. Best to avoid during pregnancy and lactation. See <http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/329.Html>.

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