When a woman is pregnant, her body needs as much comfort as possible. While most medications are off-limits, there are some natural and herbal remedies to ease pregnancy symptoms and make her feel better.
The most uncomfortable feeling for most pregnant women, especially in the first trimester, is nausea. A natural solution to easing upset stomachs is to use ginger. Brewed in tea, taken in capsule form, or even eating it in its crystalized version as candy, ginger can be a very effective remedy for morning sickness. Another great benefit to using ginger is to help alleviate cold symptoms during pregnancy. When used as a hot tea, it can reduce chills, coughing, and muscle aches. To help prevent colds further during pregnancy, Echinacea has been shown to reduce the risk of colds reoccurring as well reducing the length of the cold as well. Use Echinacea in hot ginger tea to both treat a cold and reduce its length.
Cranberries have long been revered for their healing properties, but during pregnancy they are often used to help treat and avoid UTI’s altogether. Used in juice or tea, cranberries have natural antibiotic properties that can help avoid the use of medicinal antibiotics completely.
Getting proper sleep and relaxation are vital for a comfortable pregnancy, but sometimes can elude women. A simple answer for this is Chamomile. Used in tea, both hot and cold, chamomile provides natural sedative properties that not only help pregnant women sleep more soundly, but also provides stress release and relaxation.
It’s important to note that all herbal applications should be used in moderation when pregnant. But when trying to stay comfortable and healthy during pregnancy there are natural and herbal remedies that can provide both.
- Aviva Romm, M.D., 2012
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