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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 07:33 AM   1
Aspe
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Help?! Taking vitex while pregnant


Hi ladies,

I just found out I am pregnant. I have been taking vitex since November. I read online that people who stopped vitex had miscarriages. Of course, I want to avoid this. What is your opinions on vitex while pregnant? I now have to start materna pills for my pregnancy. Are they safe to take together?



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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 08:48 AM   2
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Well firstly I hope what you read on the internet was wrong, seeing as I stopped taking vitex when I got my bfp last week.

Secondly, it's not recommended to take vitex itself when you're pregnant.

So really, you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't. You just need to make a decision and roll with it.




 
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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 08:50 AM   3
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You stopped taking it the day you found out?
Were you taking it due to irregular cycles? I was.

I am not sure what to do



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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 09:00 AM   4
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Yep the second I got my faint bfp I stopped taking it.

I took it for spotting prior to AF, and i've been taking it for 3 months prior. There's a LOT of conflicting information on the internet but personally I wanted to stop taking it. Of course, i'm naturally worried that could be the wrong choice however I have read a few things about it causing problems with LO and I do not want to risk that.

I've been drinking a tonne of orange juice, as i've heard vit c helps increase progesterone and also eating bananas as they apparently do the same. Leafy green veg helps too. Basically i'm hoping if I switch to a better diet then that will help my body rectify itself. I found this website quite helpful in figuring out ways to naturally increase progesterone (as I believe a lack of this is why I was spotting):

https://sites.google.com/site/miscar...e-progesterone

At the end of the day, if you're going to mc, then you're going to mc. Nothing you do or don't do will change that. It's all in the lap of the gods now, as they say.



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 10:06 AM   5
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I never heard that about vitex causing miscarriage if you stop taking it. I used to take it and DH used to run a health store, the advice I got was that really you're meant to take it from AF to OV then stop. It's supposed to help balance your hormones and help ovulation and regulate your cycle, it hasn't got, as far as I know, any benefits for people who are actually pregnant. So if I were you I'd stop taking it. I agree totally with Louppey, that sadly if you are going to miscarry then you're going to. Not because of the vitex, but just because sadly it does happen for reasons totally beyond anyone's control xxx



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 10:41 AM   6
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I have read that you should slowly wean yourself off by 12 weeks. My worry is if I stop, my progesterone will drop dramatically, and therefore, cause a miscarriage.



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I suppose it's what your progesterone was like before. I mean I think mine was somewhat low but not awful as I only spotted for 3 days prior to AF but was otherwise pretty regular.



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 10:55 AM   8
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I have read that you should slowly wean yourself off by 12 weeks. My worry is if I stop, my progesterone will drop dramatically, and therefore, cause a miscarriage.
I would speak to your doctor about this, if you have low progesterone your dr can give you progesterone supplements/cream to increase progesterone. However most of what I read when ttc about Vitex is that you should not take it whilst pregnant. I have been on progesterone since getting my BFP, it's not something which is going to harm you or bubs to take and is fine to take whilst pregnant. We're you taking it due to low progesterone in the first place?



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 10:59 AM   9
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Hey ladies. I just saw this thread, and even though I'm in 2nd trimester, thought I'd pop in. I got my BFP after my first cycle on vitex (for short luteal phase and spotting before AF) and was also taking B complex. When I got my BFP, I kept taking vitex daily for a few days, then went to every other day for about a week, then every 3rd day, then stopped. I was totally off by 8 weeks. I made sure to take the B complex religiously though. I don't know if this was the correct way to do it, as there is so much conflicting info out there, but it worked for me, and I'm 26 weeks now with a bouncing little fellah in there! Congrats on the BFPs ladies!



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 13:11 PM   10
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I took vitex for 9-10 months prior to my BFP. I continued taking it at full dosage for 2 weeks, then gradually cut back. I was off it by 7 weeks. There is no evidence it harms the baby, and some evidence that if it's been supporting your hormone balance pre-pregnancy, that it may continue to do so after pregnancy and cold turkey is not a good idea. I used www.natural-fertility-info.com for most of my research starting points while TTC.
End of the day, your baby, your body, you have to do what you feel is right. For me, that was to keep using it.



 
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