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Posted by on Apr 8, 2017 in Pregnancy 101 | 265 comments

Natural Remedies for Common Pregnancy Problems

Natural Remedies for Common Pregnancy Problems

Being pregnant is a special and wonderful experience. You and your husband have waited for this time with hopeful hearts and now you are living out the day-to-day joys – and pains – of pregnancy. Many women experience a variety of pregnancy-related issues, most of which may thankfully be solved with simple, natural solutions. Read on to discover easy, environmentally-friendly ways to overcome pregnancy problems.

BACKACHE
1) Avoid remaining in any one position for a long period of time.
2) Be attentive and mindful of your posture. Keep your back straight but relaxed and keep your shoulders in a comfortable, relaxed position.*
3) Add several minutes of gentle stretching to your daily routine. Stretching will help keep your muscles relaxed and flexible. Avoid forward-bending exercises.
4) Avoid wearing high heels, as they put your body off balance. Opt instead to wear comfortable flat shoes that support your feet and knees. Consider wearing ergonomically designed stylish exercise shoes, walking shoes or sandals.
5) If possible, schedule regular visits to a registered massage therapist. Have the massage therapist massage your shoulder, back and leg muscles.
6) Ask your husband to give you frequent massages.

INSOMNIA
1)
Increase your intake of foods rich in Vitamin B complex. Vitamin B-rich foods include: brown rice, legumes, whole grains, nuts, spinach, yogurt, avocados, leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, whole wheat, sunflower seeds, soy products, oranges, lentils, mushrooms, wheat germ.
2) Drink a cup of soothing hot herbal tea with honey or lemon before bedtime or if you awake in the middle of the night.
3) Invest in a pregnancy “body pillow,” as it will support your body more comfortably, making it easier to relax and sleep.

LEG CRAMPS
1) Increase your intake of foods that are rich in calcium and potassium, including: almonds, grapefruit, bananas, oranges, sesame seeds, soy products, low-fat yogurt
2) Elevate your legs so that they are higher than your heart when sleeping or sitting.
3) Avoid standing in one place for a long time.
4) Aim to walk about a mile every day to stimulate the circulation of your blood through your legs.

MOOD CHANGES
1) Increase the amount of food that you eat containing iron and the B vitamins, including: blackstrap molasses, brown rice, fortified whole grain cereals, green leafy vegetables, soy products, wheat germ
2) If your mood changes are interfering with your life, consider participating in counseling sessions. A professional counselor or psychotherapist can provide helpful advice and a compassionate listening ear.

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