Hello again -
I just read another post of yours from a while back regarding low progesterone and the possibility of taking Vitex into the second trimester. I have been trying to find more information on this as well, and am wondering if you ever ended up coming across any helpful info.
I ended up having a missed miscarriage last time (noticed around 14 weeks), and after all was said and done, I bled (lightly) for about 8 weeks afterward. I started taking Vitex in order to try to get me back on a cycle, and it WORKED. As I've read, vitex usually takes a while to work its effects, but after about a a month or two I (finally) got my period again, and continued to get it like clockwork.
Since we were trying to get pregnant again, I was tracking my ovulation (with OPKs), and while we DTD VERY frequently, especially around the time of O, I did not get pregnant during Sept., Oct., or Nov. I was still taking the Vitex, but each month discontinued use after Ovulation. In December, I decided to continue with the Vitex after O., and I got pregnant! Of course I'm not sure if this is due to the Vitex or just pure luck... but I have decided to continue taking the Vitex AT LEAST throughout the first trimester.
Everything I read online advises to wean yourself off Vitex around week 10-12, since the placenta apparently takes over hormone production in the 2nd trimester, but I'm wondering if there's any potential risk of taking Vitex throughout the rest of my pregnancy. I guess I'm just extra worried since my MC (which was obviously devastating) - we've been trying for almost 3 years now, and I trust my body, I trust my herbs, but have had trouble finding ANY information about taking Vitex AFTER the first trimester. Even if the placenta starts producing progesterone, could continued use of Vitex hurt in any way? (I'm taking it in tincture form, currently about 50 drops, 2X daily.)
(((Side note: I'm having very few pregnancy symptoms - had sore breasts for a few days, they got a tiny bit bigger (pretty small to begin with!), I had nausea for a few days (no vomiting), but now, at 8 weeks, I feel pretty great - aside from exhaustion, an increased appetite, and very dull cramping every once in a while... I don't know, but maybe this could be a side effect of the Vitex balancing my hormones? Just a thought...)))