Holistic Remedies for Common Pregnancy Ailments
During pregnancy, pharmaceuticals are avoided in most circumstances for the safety of the baby. What many people do not realize is that herbal remedies to treat pregnancy ailments can be just as potent and potentially dangerous as over-the-counter and prescription medications. However, holistic remedies including the use of herbals seem to be safe for use. In addition, there are other holistic remedies that are completely drug-free that can alleviate some pregnancy symptoms as well.
One of the infamous, tell-tale signs of a pregnancy is morning sickness. However, for many women the term morning sickness can be deceptive, because the nausea often occurs all throughout the day. Although morning sickness is a merely an annoyance for most women, it can become debilitating and even dangerous if the pregnant woman begins losing too much weight as a result of the constant stomach upset. A tea made from red raspberry leaf is a safe and natural holistic remedy for morning sickness as it is rich in vitamins and minerals and is believed to strengthen the uterus for labor. Chewing on peppermint leaves is also said to relieve nausea. Ginger is another remedy used to treat morning sickness, and most pregnant women who use ginger as a treatment either grind it and add it to hot tea or chew on raw ginger.
Pregnancy can be one of the most stressful times in a woman’s life, thanks to the hormonal fluctuations, weight gain, difficulties relaxing/sleeping, and the anticipation associated with the impending labor. At the same time, stress is also dangerous as it leads to an increase in blood pressure and can lead to preeclampsia. Fortunately, there are holistic remedies to treat stress and anxiety. For example, according to the American Pregnancy Association, taking oat straw is a safe way to treat anxiety. The scents of lavender and chamomile can also calm pregnant woman without causing any harm to the baby.
An expecting woman gains anywhere from 25 to 80 pounds in a mere matter of months. This added weight is difficult on the feet, back, and legs. Therefore, pregnant women can expect to suffer from leg cramps and excessive water retention. Other common pains involve the loosening of joints in preparation of labor and delivery, which can lead to dislocated joints and instability. A tried and true herbal remedy is the use of skullcap, or St. John’s Wort. Add a few drops to a glass of water to get some for relief for your pregnancy-related aches and pains. You can also use holistic remedies that do not include herbs. A few such remedies include yoga especially designed for pregnancy, swimming, and massages by a certified masseuse who is trained in providing massages to pregnant women.
While you are pregnant, the safety of the baby you are carrying is of upmost importance. Take care of your health using holistic remedies in order to be the healthiest you can be throughout the pregnancy, and during labor and delivery.