Black Cohosh and Pregnancy
Black cohosh benefits numerous women’s unique reproductive system needs and helps with multiple female maladies like menstruation cramps, relieving menopausal side effects, normalizing monthly cycle and many more.
However, the most interesting and widely discussed topics among midwives have always been black cohosh and pregnancy connection. Midwives and many natural obstetricians use black cohosh to induce labor in overdue patients and to help ripen cervix and promote its readiness for labor. According to multiple studies, black cohosh estrogen-like qualities naturally prepare the body for birth in later stages of pregnancy and can even lead to shorter and less painful labors.
Conventional obstetricians who are very often inclined to recommend pitocin medication to induce or speed up labor, view black cohosh and pregnancy combination dangerous and unpredictable, perhaps, due to lack or training in herbal approaches. Natural obstetricians and midwives, on the other hand, view black cohosh a perfect herbal helper to naturally boost body’s production of oxytocin that causes uterine contractions much like pitocin but without dangerous side effects of overstimulation.
Black cohosh side effects come into play if the herbal preparation was used in earlier stages of pregnancy or by individuals with recurrent bleeding conditions. Black cohosh can result in pre-term labor or miscarriage if taken without medical supervision in the beginning stages of pregnancy. Additionally, black cohosh plant possesses strong anticoagulant properties that might lead to dangerous complications in predisposed individuals.
Black cohosh is sometimes used in combination with blue cohosh to achieve better labor promoting results. Despite multiple controversial black cohosh and pregnancy concerns, the plant is strongly believed to be a safer alternative to massively prescribed drug Pitocin. More research and clinical studies are necessary to come up with a better understanding of black cohosh and pregnancy connection in the mainstream medicine.