Hoodia and Pregnancy

Generally, dieting and using weight-loss drugs (such as hoodia) is not recommended during pregnancy. No adequate studies have been published to show the safety and effectiveness of hoodia. Since taking hoodia is never medically necessary, pregnant women should probably not take hoodia. If you are already taking hoodia and pregnancy occurs, be sure to let your healthcare provider know.

An Overview of Hoodia and Pregnancy

Hoodia is a non-prescription herbal supplement that is usually used as a weight-loss aid. No information is available about the use of hoodia during pregnancy. Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid hoodia products while pregnant.

Hoodia, Pregnancy, and Weight Loss

Currently, hoodia is almost exclusively used as a weight-loss product. Hoodia supposedly works by suppressing the appetite. For most women, dieting and weight loss are not recommended during pregnancy. During pregnancy, it is important for women to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet (see Pregnancy Diet). Taking weight loss pills could interfere with a woman's ability to consume a healthy diet.
More importantly, no adequate studies have been performed and published to show that hoodia is safe and effective for anyone. Because hoodia has not been studied in pregnant women (and since taking hoodia is never medically necessary), pregnant women should probably not take hoodia.
If you are pregnant, it is always a good idea to ask your healthcare provider before taking any medication (including non-prescription products and supplements). You and your healthcare provider can consider the possible risks and benefits of using hoodia in your particular situation, as well as any other treatment alternatives.
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