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is milk thistle safe during pregnancy?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
NO Milk Thistle=preg: No, because milk thistle plant extract might have estrogenic effects. Herbs have to used with extreme caution in pregnant and lactating mothers. Historically, milk thistle was used as a tonic for the stomach, and liver; for the gallbladder; to promote bile flow; and as a stimulant for milk flow in nursing mothers.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Milk thistle: The fewer meds you take during pregnancy (other than required prescription meds and prenatal vitamins) the better. Same goes for supplements; medical literature advises against milk thistle in hormone sensitive conditions; since maintaining a pregnancy depends on hormones, i'd advise not to use it. Beyond that there are insufficient data to aid a decision.

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