An Overview of 5-HTP and Pregnancy
) is a non-prescription supplement that is used for a variety of purposes, such as treating depression
and helping people lose weight. Very little information is available about the use of 5-HTP during pregnancy. In fact, the safety of 5-HTP for anyone is currently in question, due to concerns about one particular problem. Therefore, it is probably a good idea to avoid 5-HTP products while pregnant.
Is 5-HTP Safe for Pregnant Women?
There is not enough information to determine that 5-HTP is safe for use during pregnancy. Although the issue is controversial, there have been reports of a dangerous group of symptoms (known as eosinophilia myalgia syndrome, or EMS) occurring in people who have taken 5-HTP. However, it is not clear whether 5-HTP itself or certain contaminants in the specific products caused these problems. Either way, it does appear that 5-HTP is not safe for the general public (until more is known about this problem), especially for pregnant women.
If you are pregnant, do not take 5-HTP (or any other prescription drug, non-prescription medication, or supplement) without your healthcare provider's approval. Just because something is "natural" or available without a prescription does not mean it is safe, especially for use during pregnancy.