Neem and Pregnancy

Generally, pregnant women should not use neem. Pregnancy prevention is one of the claimed uses of neem (the supplement may be taken by both men and women as a contraceptive), so it is thought that the product may cause miscarriages in pregnant women. Talk to your healthcare provider about neem and pregnancy to further discuss the potential risks.

An Overview of Neem and Pregnancy

Neem is not considered to be safe for pregnant women. Additionally, women who are trying to get pregnant should not take neem.
 

Is Neem Safe During Pregnancy?

There are no studies that show that neem is safe during pregnancy. It is thought that neem might have the ability to cause miscarriages (or to prevent pregnancy in the first place) by stimulating a woman's immune system to attack the developing embryo. Until more information is available, neem should be considered unsafe for pregnant women. Because neem might have contraceptive effects (in both men and women), couples trying to conceive should not use neem.
 
Just because neem is a natural product does not mean that it is safe for use during pregnancy. Many toxins, poisons, and drugs are natural substances. It should not be assumed that a natural product is always safe or is any safer than a conventional medication. Similarly, just because other women have safely used neem (or any other herb or medication) during pregnancy does not mean that it is truly safe.
 

Final Thoughts on Neem and Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, it is always a good idea to have a discussion with your healthcare provider before taking any medication or supplement, including neem.
 
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