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Since no human studies have been conducted on pregnancy and goji, it is not known whether the product is safe for pregnant women. Some sources claim it could cause miscarriages, while other sources believe it is a "wonder food" that can provide benefits. If you are consuming goji and pregnancy occurs, talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and potential risks.

Goji and Pregnancy: An Introduction

Goji berries or juice are sometimes recommended as a natural cure for morning sickness. However, it is not clear if this product is safe for use during pregnancy.
 

Is Goji Safe During Pregnancy?

Some sources list goji (or compounds in it) as having "abortiacient" properties, meaning that it could cause miscarriages. Other sources list goji as among the "wonder foods" that all pregnant women should eat without limit. There does not seem to be much real evidence in support of either position. Whether or not you choose to consume goji during pregnancy will depend on several factors, such as your level of skepticism toward conventional Western medicine and your comfort level for alternative medicines. Either way, it is important to understand that any supplements (including natural products) capable of producing medicinal effects might also be capable of producing significant side effects or toxicities.
 
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 goji. This is very important, even if you think your healthcare provider will not understand your choice or will discourage the use of alternative medicines.
 
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