Is Lion’s Mane Safe During Pregnancy?

Is Lion's Mane Safe During Pregnancy?

A lot of our female customers have asked us is lion’s mane safe during pregnancy?The short answer is YES…to the best of our knowledge. While we were unable to find a lot of studies about Hericium erinaceuss effects during pregnancy, centuries of usage and anecdotal evidence suggests this adaptogenic mushroom is not only safe, but rather helpful to pregnant women, unpregnant women, and just about everyone.

Is Lion’s Mane Safe During Pregnancy?

There is no study of lions manes safety in pregnancy. Although it is considered safe for most people, pregnant women should consult their doctor before using it. There is a lack of studies on lion’s mane specifically, but there is this study on white button mushrooms, which has a lot of the similar nutrients to Lion’s mane. But without direct studies on lion’s mane there is no way to know how much lions mane can be taken during pregnancy. If you do decide to take these adaptogenic mushrooms during pregnancy, please first consult your healthcare provider.

Benefits of Lion’s Mane for Fertility and Pregnancy?

If you are trying to get pregnant, or if you are trying to keep your pregnancy going, a prenatal vitamin is a must. However, even with the help of prenatal vitamins and minerals, it is still important to follow the diet recommendations provided by your health care provider, and to eat foods that have nutrient benefits, including mushrooms.

For instance, the bodies of Lions Mane fruits have a significant amount of vitamin B12, which is essential to your overall health and to maintaining your pregnancy. In addition, these mushrooms provide several other vitamins and compounds, all of which are fairly helpful to pregnant women.

Weight Management Benefits

Getting pregnant can take significant weight off some women. Although it cannot help you lose weight by itself, mane of the lion may work as an appetite suppressant and could have an anti-obesity effect, according to a 2018 study.

Lion’s Mane for Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is one of the biggest health risks for pregnant women, even when they are not suffering from chronic diabetes. Fortunately, because of the hypoglycemic effects of the herb Hericium erinaceus, taking a dietary supplement of this mushroom may keep blood sugar from rising and reduce the chances that you will develop gestational diabetes.

Is Mushroom Coffee Safe During Pregnancy?

Yes, getting benefits from mushrooms via a fungi-infused coffee is totally safe when you are pregnant. However, most mushroom coffees have a lower caffeine content, which some pregnant women prefer to avoid. Also, many of the adaptogens that are commonly found in mushroom coffees (St. Johns Wort, Lions Mane, Cordyceps, and Oyster mushrooms are fairly common) have energy-boosting properties that can disrupt your sleep routine, or even cause a sleeping disorder, if you consume them late in the day. So, if you are going to be drinking mushroom coffee in place of a true-to-life replacement during pregnancy, be sure to drink it either in the morning or in the early afternoon so that you do not end up with a troubled sleep.

If you are on the fence about taking Lion Mane when pregnant and nursing, it is best to talk with a nutritionist who specializes in prenatal nutrition and ask for more information. Once they tell you there are no risks associated with taking lions mane while you are pregnant, you can reap the benefits of this healing mushroom by simply eating your favorite morning cereal.

About the author

Bruce Wilson

I've studied Mycology and Forest Pathology and love creating content to help other learn more about my passion. Follow along as I continue to explore the amazing world of functional fungi!

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