Pregnancy is a wonderful and amazing thing, but it’s also very hard on your body. You’ll often find yourself enduring headaches and body aches, fatigue, sleeplessness and haywire emotions. Unfortunately, ordinary remedies for these things are usually contraindicated for use by pregnant women. There will be no cups of coffee, no glasses of wine and no pain relievers to help you through your discomfort. However, that doesn’t mean you have to grin and bear it. Here are some of the natural remedies you can use during pregnancy.
Because a woman’s hormones do funny things during pregnancy, it’s not uncommon for them to struggle with constipation. The laxatives you buy at the store can have unpleasant and potentially harmful side effects, so try using some more natural methods. Taking five to ten grams (5,000 to 10,000 milligrams) of vitamin C has been proven to be both gentle and highly effective for eliminating constipation. Drinking more water is another way to prevent constipation. Without adequate hydration, stools become hard and dry, causing them to move through the digestive tract slowly.
Headaches are another common pregnancy ailment that can be caused by hormonal fluctuations. However, if you have quit a years-long caffeine habit for the sake of your developing baby, withdrawal can also cause them. NSAID use isn’t recommended during pregnancy, as they have been shown to increase the risk of premature closure of the fetal ductus arteriosus, renal damage, premature birth and miscarriage. Furthermore, they put your liver, stomach and kidneys at risk. To remedy a headache during pregnancy, try aromatherapy with peppermint or rosemary. Chamomile, lavender and peppermint teas are also helpful. If the headache is tension-related, a nice scalp massage can set things right.
Stress and Mood Swings
Everyday stress won’t stop just because you’re pregnant. In fact, the mood swings that come with pregnancy will probably make even minimally stressful things seem worse than they really are. To help you relax, there are many natural remedies that are safe to use during pregnancy. Aromatherapy and herbal teas are excellent short-term solution. For more pervasive stress and severe mood swings, try yoga and massage therapy. These practices have been shown to drastically improve your ability to resist and deal with stress.
Sleeplessness is a common affliction during pregnancy. It can be caused by many things, such as hormonal fluctuations, inability to get comfortable, stress, worry and excitement for the big arrival. When you find yourself lying awake at night, sleeping medications are off limits. Instead, run yourself a hot bath and enjoy a cup of herbal sleeping tea while you wait. The tea will help soothe your senses and make you feel indulged. After you slip into the hot water of your bath, it will ease your brain and body into a sleep-receptive state. You should experience fewer problems falling asleep after a hot bath.
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you have to grit your teeth through the experience. Although most conventional remedies are a no-no right now, there are numerous pregnancy-safe ways to reduce or eliminate your discomfort. That way, you can look back on your pregnancy with a smile.
Sally writes for small businesses across the UK including TRAC Services, a regulatory affairs consultancy that help pharmaceutical companies with the clinical trial application process throughout Europe. Sally enjoys reading health and fitness blog and is particularly interested in the power of food as a medicine. Any opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily represent the business Sally writes for.