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Is maca root ok to take while pregnant its a natural pill also is it ok to work out while pregnant if so which excercise besides walking and swimming?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics

In brief: No

One of the side effects of maca root is tachycardia, a rapid heart rate.
Other exercises are ligt aerobics and possibly yoga.

In brief: No

One of the side effects of maca root is tachycardia, a rapid heart rate.
Other exercises are ligt aerobics and possibly yoga.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Dr. Oscar Novick
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine

In brief: Not known & YES!

The fact that maca is "natural" doesn't mean it's safe- deathcap mushrooms & arsenic are natural too! but whereas those are clearly toxic, maca is generally safe.
But there's no research on the use of maca (& most drugs/herbs) during pregnancy. It's widely used in peru during pregnancy so is probably safe but we don't know for sure. Exercise is not only ok but wise during pregnancy- see comments:.

In brief: Not known & YES!

The fact that maca is "natural" doesn't mean it's safe- deathcap mushrooms & arsenic are natural too! but whereas those are clearly toxic, maca is generally safe.
But there's no research on the use of maca (& most drugs/herbs) during pregnancy. It's widely used in peru during pregnancy so is probably safe but we don't know for sure. Exercise is not only ok but wise during pregnancy- see comments:.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker
For more on maca & pregnancy: http://www.wisegeek.com/is-it-safe-to-take-maca-in-pregnancy.htm For more on exercise in pregnancy see http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/exerciseguidelines.html and http://www.fitpregnancy.com/workouts/prenatal-workouts/truth-about-prenatal-exercise
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