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Natural Remedies for Pregnancy Illnesses

Friday, September 08, 2017 10:22 AM

Pregnancy is an eye-opening adventure that ends with your new bundle of joy. However, pregnancy symptoms may put strain on you during your journey. Whether it is your first time or your third time, you can always learn something new on handling the nausea, aches and pains during pregnancy. 

Dr. Mary Conte, Obstetrics and Gynecology, suggests these natural remedies to help with common discomforts.

  • Morning Sickness and nausea are common during the first trimester. Morning sickness roots from your diet, so try to eat small meals throughout the day and easy to digest foods full of proteins and nutrients. You can sip on ginger tea throughout the day. The anti-inflammatory properties ginger contains can help neutralize the acid in your stomach.
  • Hemorrhoids during pregnancy put increased pressure on your pelvis due to your expanding uterus. During the third trimester constipation is common and puts unneeded strain on your bowl movements. To help relieve pain and regulate bowl movements, drink plenty of water to ensure you are staying hydrated and eat fiber-rich foods – including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans. You can also try taking a sitz bath that will sooth the pain and swelling.
  • Headaches can always be challenging. During pregnancy you go through hormonal changes, which is a large contributing factor to pregnancy headaches. Natural ways to ease your pain include practicing good posture, exercise, eating well-balanced meals and applying cold or heat packs to your head.
  • Cold or Flu symptoms are not typically dangerous to your baby. However, you should still take the necessary steps to avoid illness. The most important step in avoiding the cold or flu is maintaining a healthy diet with infectious fighting foods as in bananas, blueberries, carrots, onions, bell peppers, or rice. If you happen to catch a cold or flu eating soup has proven to be soothing and relieve symptoms. Hydration and rest however, are most important when having a cold or flu symptoms.
  • Coughs can be bothersome and cause fatigue. Natural remedies to sooth your throat include using a humidifier and elevating your head when resting, sucking on ice chips, drinking warm tea with honey, or gargling salt water.

It is always smart to check with your physician if you have any questions or want to know more about pregnancy illness remedies.