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L-Arginine and Pregnancy

L-arginine may not be safe for pregnant women. Even though L-arginine is an amino acid that is produced naturally in the human body, it does not automatically mean that it is safe for use during pregnancy. Because there is very little information available regarding L-arginine and pregnancy, it is probably a good idea to avoid L-arginine supplements if you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant.

An Overview of L-Arginine and Pregnancy

L-arginine is an amino acid that is often used in dietary supplements. It is not known if L-arginine supplements are safe for use during pregnancy.
 

Is L-Arginine Safe During Pregnancy?

There is very little evidence to suggest that L-arginine is safe (or unsafe) for pregnant women. Even though L-arginine is a substance that is naturally produced by the human body, it does not automatically mean that it is safe for use during pregnancy. Until more information is available, it may be a good idea to avoid L-arginine supplements if you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, unless your healthcare provider recommends that you take L-arginine for a specific medical reason.
 
One study used L-arginine to treat preeclampsia. Although L-arginine seemed to be safe short-term, it was not effective for treating preeclampsia.
 
Pregnancy is not a time to be experimenting with supplements or medications. It is best to stick with products that are known to be safe for pregnant women. As a dietary supplement that has been studied very little in pregnant women, L-arginine is not one of these products.
 

L-Arginine and Pregnancy: Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

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 L-arginine. Do not assume that L-arginine is automatically safe for use in pregnancy just because it is a dietary supplement.
 
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