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No adequate animal or human studies have been conducted on pregnancy and wild yam. Therefore, it is not known whether the supplement is safe (or unsafe) for pregnant women. It is always a good idea for pregnant women to talk to their healthcare providers before taking any medication or supplement. If you are taking this product and pregnancy occurs, be sure to contact your healthcare provider.
At this time, it is not known if it is safe for pregnant women to take wild yam. The supplement has not been adequately studied in any pregnant women or even pregnant animals. There is simply not enough information available to know if it is safe (or unsafe) for pregnant women.
Wild yam is sometimes listed among herbs that are beneficial for pregnant women. However, it could potentially affect hormone levels, and anything that affects hormone levels should be used cautiously (only with the approval and supervision of a healthcare provider) during pregnancy.
It should never be assumed that natural products are automatically safe for pregnant women. This is a mistake many pregnant women make. Pregnancy often limits the prescription and non-prescription drugs that are available for a woman to take. As a result, pregnant women often seek safe alternatives, sometimes assuming that herbal supplements are always safe. This is simply not the case. Herbal supplements can be marketed in the United States without any evidence that they are safe (or even effective) for anyone, including pregnant women.
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 wild yam. This is very important, even if you think your healthcare provider will not understand your choice or will discourage the use of alternative medicines.