Relief for Common Health Problems During Pregnancy & Their Cures

Pregnancy brings with it a lot of changes, some good and some less than pleasant. Fortunately for most women, health problems developed during pregnancy are temporary and there are many natural remedies to combat them. Here are three of the most common pregnancy-related health problems and natural cures to help you fight them.     

1) Morning Sickness 

Roughly three-quarters of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting during the first trimester so take comfort in knowing you are not alone!

Luckily, for most woment the symptoms subside by the beginning of the second semester and there are many natural remedies that have been shown to help reduce the symptoms: 

 

Find Foods that Work for You:

Your daily diet routine can determine the intensity of your symptoms.  Many women find it helpful to replace large meals with snack throughout the day. Bland, carb-rich foods like  pretzels, crackers, and dry cereal have helped many through their first trimester, but it's not the only option. Some women swear by popsicles and cold watermelon and others find relief with spicy foods. There's no one way so pay attention to what you're eating and how you feel so you can find the foods that work for you.

Stay Hydrated:

It's important to drink a lot of water while you're pregnant. Drink throughout the day so you can cut back before bedtime and reduce the number of nighttime bathroom trips you have to make. Also, consider drinking between meals to prevent your stomach from getting full on liquids. To reduce queasiness, you can experiment with ginger tea, ginger beer, and sparkling water.    

Vitamin B6:

Consider taking a vitamin B6. It has shown to help in easing early-pregnancy nausea. 

Relax:

Keep your mind clear and stress to a minimum with relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, and deep breathing.   

2) Constipation

Constipation, if not addressed, can become more than just an umcomfortable side effect of pregnancy. Consult your doctor if you develop hemorrhoids or you feel it's becoming a serious health issue for you. These natural remedies can help you fight constipation before it gets serious:

Drink Plenty of Water:

Pregnant women are advised to drink 10 8-ounce glasses of water each day to help keep their bodily systems running for two. Always keep a bottle of water near you. 

Body Pillow:

Find a body pillow that keeps you comfortable. Donut-shaped pillows will help reduce pressure in your rectal area.    

Fiber:

Make sure that your daily diet includes sufficient healthy fiber. Go for foods like fruits, flax seeds, beans, chia seeds, healthy grain, prune juice, and fresh vegetables. 

3) Heartburn 

Pregnant women may experience an irritating burning sensation in their chest area and throats caused by the ever-growing uterus pushing the stomach acid in the wrong direction. Reduce the discomfort of heartburn with these tips:

Chew Sugarless Gum:

Gum helps stimulate saliva, which helps neutralize acid, but avoid sugarless gums with peppermint as they are high on acid.   

Sleep well:

It takes a lot of energy to grow a tiny human. Make sleep a priority and if you're having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, find solutions that help, like developing a bedtime routine that helps calm your mind and body so you can fall asleep faster or finding a body pillow that reduces your discomfort in bed.  

Final  Thoughts

While pregnancy symptoms like heartburn, nausea, fatigue, and constipation are not fun, they are very common and usually temporary.  Find the remedies that work for you to help make your pregnancy  as comfortable as possible.