Women's Health

Natural Pregnancy: Discomforts Common To Pregnancy

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Each pregnancy is unique in the challenges faced, and the joys received. Every woman hopes for a care free pregnancy. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case. The following are suggestions for relieving some of the discomforts common to pregnancy.

Make sure you find a qualified midwife or doctor for your prenatal care. Any serious concerns should be addressed with your health care provider.

Nausea/Morning Sickness 

This may be the most commonly known of the discomforts common to pregnancy. Its often the first indicator of this exciting event!. Hang in there! For most women morning sickness will be gone by the 14th week of pregnancy. In the meantime try these suggestions to ease it’s impact.

  • Diet: Focus on a good diet. If you are having trouble eating, make the food you consume as nutritious as possible. Especially avoid greasy and fried foods. Green drinks, smoothies, fresh vegetable and fruit juices are highly nutritious additions to diet that is restricted by morning sickness.
  • Exercise: walk at least a mile each day. If you haven’t been exercising, ease into this. Some women need to start their day off with little movement until the nausea abates.
  • Tea:  Make a quart of Red Raspberry Tea each morning. Sip it frequently throughout the day. Ginger tea can help to reduce nausea.
  • Supplements: Take a B complex supplement or increase consumption of leafy greens, pineapple juice, and fresh carrot juice. Ginger capsules may relieve nausea. Make sure they contain only ground ginger rhizome/root. Not to exceed 1,000 milligrams per day. Do not take a products that are a concentrated ginger extract. They are NOT safe in pregnancy.

Stretch Marks 

  • Wheat Germ Oil:  Two capsules twice per day until the last six weeks of pregnancy. During the last six weeks cut back to one capsule twice per day. You can also apply the oil directly onto the skin.
  • Coconut Oil:  Massage into skin to feed and nourish.
  • Weight Gain:  Avoid excessive weight gain as it increases stretch marks significantly.
  • Liquids:  Keep your skin well hydrated by drinking water, two quarts is recommended.
  • Diet:  Include lots of fruits and vegetables. Avoid high fat and processed foods, and those containing additives and preservatives

Bladder Infections

A bladder infection can become serious quickly during pregnancy. If you are experiencing symptoms contact your health care provider right away. The following are ways to help AVOID a bladder infection and are especially important if you know that you are prone to them.

  • Liquids:  Make sure you drink plenty of water each day. Two quarts is recommended.
  • Supplements:  Cranberry capsules (400-600 micrograms) or drink unsweetened cranberry juice
  • Diet:  Include plenty of fresh garlic or supplement with garlic capsules.

Anemia 

  • Diet:  Increase iron containing foods such as apricots, sunflower seeds, black molasses, raisins, prunes, brewer’s yeast, kelp, egg yolk, grains, beets and their greens turnip greens, dulse, and walnuts. It is beneficial to address low iron with food during pregnancy because iron supplements can cause constipation, which is often already a problem.

Constipation

  • Diet: Eat more raw foods.
  • Liquids:  Increase water, but you can also drink teas, smoothies and green drinks.
  • Exercise: Particularly uphill walking or running.
  • Supplements:  Prunes or prune juice.You can also add a fiber supplement or blend chia seed into a smoothie.
  • Probiotics:  These help promote and maintain healthy gut flora and often help ease constipation.
  • Magnesium:  This works to draw liquid to the bowel, relieving constipation. It also has the added benefit of relieving leg cramps. Take 400 milligrams of magnesium citrate or chelated magnesium before bed.

Indigestion/Heartburn/Gas

  • Diet:  Focus on a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
  • How You Eat:  Relax. Eat slowly. CHEW your food thoroughly.
  • Beverages:  Limit fluid intake during meals.
  • Frequency:  Eat small, frequent meals
  • Supplements:  Slippery Elm Gruel. Mix 1 tablespoon of powdered slippery elm bark with water, drink. Activated charcoal can relieve nausea and gas.
  • Avoid:  Caffeine, chocolate, soda, and smoking. Some women can identify trigger foods to avoid during the last stages of pregnancy.

Backache

  • Pelvic Rocks: Position yourself on your hands and knees. Arch your back (sometimes called a cat stretch). Slowly let your back sag downward. Repeat 50 times per day. This strengthens the lower back and helps the baby assume the proper position for birth.
  • Footwear:  Avoid high heals. Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Chiropractor:  Find one who specializes in pregnancy. Chiropractic adjustment may also ease delivery.

Although the discomforts listed above are common in a normal pregnancy, you should always discuss any concerns with your health care provider. It is also important that you attend all recommended prenatal appointments.

The Healthy Place team is available to answer any questions you may have regarding what vitamins, supplements, and nutritional products are right for you. Contact us or stop at our store located in Madison, Wisconsin.

Sources

Christopher, Dr. John R; Gildeadi, Cathy. Every Woman’s Herbal. Christopher Publications, Springville, UT, 2009.

Ellis, Sandra K. Livingston, M.H. Dr. Mom’s Healthy Living. Christopher Publications, Springville, UT, 2009.

Low Dog, Tieraona, M.D. Healthy at Home. National Geographic, Washington, D.C., 2014.

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