5-HTP and Pregnancy

5-HTP is an amino acid is created naturally in the body and produced when the amino acid L-tryptophan is converted by the enzyme tryptophan hydroxylase. After L-tryptophan becomes 5-HTP it then works together with the brain and central nervous system to create serotonin.

Serotonin is the chemical hormone that is responsible for controlling certain physical and psychological functions such as:

  • Mood
  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Sexual behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Pain sensations

Most times 5-HTP is very beneficial and is often recommend to help treat various health issues. Unfortunately, because of the lack of research available many doctors will advise against taking this supplement. In fact, it is said that other than a prenatal, women should avoid taking any prescriptions, supplements, or herbal remedies during pregnancy that are not approved by a reliable doctor.

What Does 5-HTP Help With?

One issue many women struggle with during pregnancy is depression. In most other cases 5-HTP would be highly recommended, but not with pregnancy.

Low levels of serotonin can potentially cause:

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Obesity
  • Low libido
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Muscle tension
  • Insomnia

Foods That Increase Serotonin 

However, if you are struggling with severe depression, it should not go unseen by a doctor. Also, there are other ways to naturally get more serotonin without having to take a supplement. While 5-HTP isn’t available in any foods, there are foods that contain tryptophan, which can potentially help raise serotonin levels.

Some of the foods tryptophan can be found in are:

  • Turkey
  • Milk
  • Chicken
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Seaweed and various greens

Methods to Boost Serotonin Levels While Pregnant

Even though 5-HTP shouldn’t be used, there are other methods of coping.

Three approaches to boost the serotonin levels while pregnant are:

★ Exercise

★ Acupuncture

★ Changing your diet

These three things can also help relieve some of the symptoms.

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