Pregnancy Problems: Natural Solutions
Quick, easy and safe fixes to help ease the everyday physical demands and distress of pregnancy
There are so many things that can ail you when youre pregnant from heartburn to nausea to back pain. Unfortunately, its not exactly a time when you want to go grabbing for your favorite over-the-counter relief.
Though most obstetricians will tell their patients it is perfectly fine to take things like Tylenol (please check with yours before you do everything is on a case-by-case basis when it comes to growing babies!), many moms feel more comfortable with natural remedies, using things they know have no side effects. The following natural suggestions come from The Complete Organic Pregnancy, by Deirdre Dolan and Alexandra Zissu.
Nausea and Morning SicknessRun cold water over your inner wrists.
Drink ginger, mint or red raspberry leaf tea.
Keep something to eat by your bed, so in the morning you can wake up slowly (when pregnant, hunger can often equal nausea).
Carry extra food in your bag at all times.
Take your prenatal vitamin before bed to avoid morning sickness (the iron can sometimes bring it on) or try another brand if it persists.
Talk to your midwife or ob-gyn about taking vitamin B6. Some women swear this helps.
HeartburnElevate the upper part of your mattress.
Eat an apple every night.
Eat smaller meals more often throughout the day, particularly if the baby is pushed up against your stomach.
Increase milk intake before bed, which might help you sleep through the night.
HeadachesDrink at least eight glasses of fluid per day (water is best).
Hop in a hot shower; steam can bring relief.
Back PainGet a prenatal massage.
See a physical therapist.
Lie on a large inflatable ball and do modified back bends (be careful doing this after 20 weeks).
Use an ice pack or a heating pad.
Take a prenatal yoga class.
ConstipationEat dried fruit. (Try to buy organic because the process of drying fruit basically concentrates the pesticides that might be in conventional fruit.)
Talk to your doctor about drinking psyllium in water before dinner.