Natural remedies against the common symptoms of pregnancy
Symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea, headache, hemorrhoids, constipation and heartburn are common. They can put a damper on your excitement of having a baby. Fortunately, there are healthy and natural solutions that have helped millions of women. Try and you could find one that works for you.
1) Morning sickness
Nearly three out of four pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, also known as morning sickness. The symptoms are usually relieved by the beginning of the second trimester. Here are some tips that can help.
- Eat smart.
What you eat and when you do it is crucial. So, in addition to avoiding heavy meals and treats, opt for bland foods that are easy to digest. Combine foods rich in protein and nutrients (like a glass of hot milk, or a pot of yoghurt). Also try to avoid spicy dishes, high in fat or salty.
- Drink a lot
Stay hydrated by drinking between meals rather than eating to prevent your stomach from becoming too full. Try ice water, sparkling water, ginger or ginger tea.
- Eat ginger.
Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help neutralize stomach acids. You can grate fresh ginger in your meals, soups and salad dressings; eat crystallized ginger. Or add fresh ginger in hot water for a decant tea.
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- Consider vitamin B6.
It is already in your prenatal vitamin (one more reason to do it), but ask your doctor to take a supplement or to pass prenatals at a higher dose because B6 has also been shown to reduce nausea.
- Try aromatherapy.
The taste is influenced by the smell, so you might find that safe pregnancy scents like mint, lemon and ginger – which have been proven to relieve symptoms when eaten – can be effective when are sniffed too.
- Keep calm.
Reduce stress by practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation or prenatal yoga.
If none of these remedies work, talk to your doctor – he can recommend safe medications to relieve your symptoms. In more severe cases, he can admit you to the hospital for intravenous treatment.
2) Hemorrhoids and constipation
Swollen veins in the anus or rectum are a common pregnancy pain. This is especially the case during the third trimester as your expanding uterus exerts increased pressure on your pelvis. It is also common for pregnant women to suffer from constipation, which can cause or aggravate hemorrhoids due to tension during bowel movements. If you suffer from hemorrhoids, these natural remedies can help:
- Eat a lot of fiber
One way to prevent the development of hemorrhoids is to keep things moving by adding fiber to your diet. Good sources of fiber include fruits and vegetables, and beans.
- Stay hydrated
Drinking lots of water helps keep things moving.
- Take a hot bath
Sit in a hot bath for 10 to 15 minutes a few times a day. Or try a sit bath: Available in most pharmacies, it is designed to be placed above the toilet and can be easier to manage than entering and leaving a bathtub.
- Get simple toiletries.
Opt for a plain, moistened toilet paper that does not contain dyes or perfumes.
- Sit on a pillow shaped like a round donut.
This can help relieve the pressure on the rectal area. You can also apply a cold compress or an ice pack.
- Do Kegel exercises.
Kegels exercises are not only good for your perineal floor, they help prevent incontinence and improve sex – they also increase circulation to the area affected by hemorrhoids.
As with most pregnancy symptoms, headaches usually result from hormonal changes. Fatigue and mood swings can also play a role. This means that the best tactic to avoid having one is to eat small, frequent meals throughout the day, rest enough and, of course, avoid any known headache triggers. When you have a headache, try these natural remedies to relieve the pain:
Lie down and place a fresh compress on your forehead.
- Make a massage
Ask your partner or friend to massage your shoulders and neck.
- Practice relaxation techniques
If you develop a severe or persistent headache for more than two to three hours, be sure to contact your doctor as this may be a sign of a pregnancy complication.
Pregnant women often suffer from a burning sensation in the throat and chest resulting from the acidity of the stomach. Try these natural remedies to help improve heartburn:
- Avoid triggers for chest pain at mealtimes
Consider soft drinks and sparkling water and avoid spicy, greasy or lemony foods. Instead of big meals, try eating smaller portions throughout the day.
- Chew sugar-free chewing gum
It can stimulate saliva for a neutralizing effect of acids.
- Sip a soothing drink
Try adding a tablespoon of honey to a glass of hot milk.
- Sleep well
Wait as long as possible before lying down after a meal and raise your head while you sleep.