Is Kratom during pregnancy can be taken? Can it increase the risk of miscarriage or will it harm the unborn baby in any way?

These are just a few of the questions that come to pregnant women’s mind who wish to take Kratom during this time as well.

Being pregnant is the start of a new journey for most couples.

However, along with the immense happiness, couples also fear the well-being of their unborn child and take extra care of the mother-to-be, her diet, and fitness to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Mothers also cease the consumption of alcohol, cigarettes, prescription medications and any other substance that has been known to harm the fetus in one way or another.

However, in the case of Kratom, no such studies have been conducted to show that the herb causes herb defects.

In fact, most users believe that since Kratom is a leaf with no additives, it is generally safe to use in all conditions.

Unfortunately, Kratom is not studied to the extent to confirm whether it is safe to take during pregnancy and most users depend on online forums and user reviews to decide whether they should take kratom or not.

We all know Kratom to be this wonderful herb with lots of health benefits that have pain-relieving properties and treats insomnia, depression, as well as assists in reducing the symptoms of opiate withdrawal.

These advantages can certainly be helpful in treating the mood swings, headaches, backaches, and lack of sleep – the main symptoms of pregnancy.

However, you wouldn’t want to jeopardize the health of your baby under any circumstance. Right?

So, before you continue taking Kratom or stop it altogether, let’s find out how it can affect the fetus based on the findings from different sects.

How can Kratom consumption affect pregnancy?

Kratom contains alkaloids that are responsible for the herb’s pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.

There is a possibility that the alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine can transfer into the unborn fetus and cause growth restriction.

Kratom brings about the same effects as coffee in the user. However, excessive use of coffee is prohibited during pregnancy as it increases the risk of miscarriage.

In fact, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist recommends limiting caffeine intake to less than 200 mg per day during pregnancy.

Some users also claim that Kratom can cause dependency issues.

This holds true as health experts believe using any Kratom strain for more than 6 months regularly can cause dependency issues in more than 50% of the users.

There is also a possibility of withdrawal symptoms, similar to those of opiate in users who quit Kratom abruptly.

The symptoms of withdrawal can cause adverse effects on the unborn baby and even result in mental retardation of the child.

And of course, there is the most sensible group of Kratom user who shares the view of most health professionals that nothing should be taken during pregnancy without the consent of a qualified doctor.

How to discontinue Kratom during pregnancy?

pregnancyTo avoid any undesired situation, it’s best to avoid Kratom during pregnancy.

However, the herb can cause withdrawal symptoms like that of opiate if the use is stopped abruptly.

If you also want you to decrease the dosage gradually; similar to the way it was increased.

What side can effects be expected if Kratom is used during pregnancy?

Using Kratom during pregnancy can aggravate morning sickness while some women also complain of being constipated while using Kratom during pregnancy.

The main problem with Kratom use during pregnancy is liver toxicity. Since Kratom is metabolized in the liver, there is a possibility that it can cause severe liver disorders in the fetus.

It is especially dangerous to take any herb or medicine during the first trimester of pregnancy when the neuro system of the fetus is just developing.

At this time, most mothers are not even aware of their pregnancy and usually receive a diagnosis after they miss their period.

Therefore, we highly recommend that women should gradually cease off Kratom when they decide to have a baby.

User reviews on using Kratom during pregnancy

We decided to take a thorough look at some of the online forums where herbs are discussed to check what actual users are saying about using Kratom during pregnancy.

According to one participant at BabyCenter, Kratom caused severe withdrawal symptoms in the newborn child. In fact, the infant had to stay in the NICU for several weeks to fully recover.

Users on Drug-Forum agreed that pregnant women should stay away from any kind of substances and not take any medication without their doctor’s consent.

In fact, a user also claimed that even though Kratom is far better than opiates, the lack of scientific evidence stops users from utilizing it during their pregnancy.

Most Kratom users on Reddit were also wary about the usage of Kratom.

However, a few did mention that their partners used the substance during their pregnancy days and faced no issue.

In fact, they claimed that a minor dose of Kratom helped them overcome the symptoms of pregnancy and faced no problems during childbirth as well.

Can Kratom be taken while breastfeeding?

breastfeedingJust like we mentioned above, there are not enough studies to confirm whether it is safe to take Kratom by women who are pregnant.

Same goes for breastfeeding mothers as authentic evidence is not available to find out if the ingredients in Kratom are transferred to the infant through milk.

This is why nursing mothers, as well as pregnant women and those who are trying to conceive, should gradually cease off the use of Kratom.

Final word

Many herbs can be used during pregnancy and are considered safe for the unborn baby. However, many should be avoided as well.

Based on the lack of scientific evidence, we believe that Kratom is one of those herbs that should not be taken during pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a time to relish, and the most important thing is that you take proper care of your health.

If you have any concerns regarding herbs and medicines, it is best to discuss them with your health care provider to receive proper medical attention.

Suggesting Kratom is safe and can be taken during pregnancy is baseless since there is no authentic evidence to prove the statement.

And it’s always considered to be safe than sorry. Right! So, take care of your diet and seek the advice of your doctor for any queries.

Asad Khan is an independent health journalist who specializes in food policy and global health. He is a senior fellow for investigative health journalism at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Germany.