Pregnancy can get worse for women living with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) because most of the front-line medications used to fight ADHD are category C drugs. It means enough researches haven't done in the past to determine whether to use medications for ADHD during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
As your body goes through certain changes during pregnancy, you may feel your ADHD symptoms increasing. Thankfully, slight behavioral and lifestyle changes can help you recover from this condition.
However, that doesn't mean ADHD should always be treated without any medication but following natural treatments may help reduce its symptoms.
While most of us think exercising as a way to alter our waistlines, a routine physical activity also firms up the brain development- making it an easy and simple alternative treatment of ADHD during pregnancy. Researches show that physical activities generate positive changes in the brain along with increasing attention and improving mood.
You don’t have to be a marathon runner to derive benefits from regular exercise. Normal walks for 30 minutes, four times in a week will do the trick.
We have various lifestyle situations beyond our control that hampers our ability to get enough sleep. Heavy workloads, busy work schedule, and parenting children build an environment that makes it hard to get enough sleep.
The National Institute for Health recommends pregnant women to get sleep of at least 8 hours a night. However, if this task doesn’t seem doable, try and take short naps during the day. According to the National Sleep Foundation, getting enough sleep along with some physical exercise can help reduce ADHD in pregnant women.
Mindful Meditation Practices:
A study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders in 2013 says that 64% of the participants with ADHD shown a considerable decrease in inattentiveness and hyperactivity. They had claimed improvement in self-discipline, self-management, and self--organization while attending mindful meditation training classes. They have even reported managing emotions and distress more efficiently after these classes.
Not all people with ADHD are gluten intolerant, but celiac disease seems to be prevalent in pregnant women living with ADHD.
In a study, 10 of 67 participants diagnosed with ADHD were found positive for celiac disease. While switching to a gluten-free diet, they reported improved thinking and behavior. Thus, make sure to ask your healthcare provider to test for celiac disease.
Daily use of vitamin supplements is known to improve ADHD symptoms during pregnancy. A study conducted of an eight-week regimen of B6 and magnesium showed a refinement in participants behavior. They reported less hyperactivity, less aggression, and increased attention. Hence, you can consult your doctor about including such supplements in your daily diet.
Pregnant women should always let their doctor know about any dietary changes, supplements, and exercise routines they’re interested in. The above-mentioned pieces of advice may not entirely replace prescribed medications for ADHD during gestation. But they can surely improve the symptoms to make ADHD more manageable for pregnant women.