Com­mon Preg­nancy Ail­ments & Treat­ments

Nat­u­ral Treat­ments for Com­mon Preg­nancy Ail­ments

Better Health - - CONTENTS - With Mid­wife An­drea Jor­dan

Preg­nancy re­ally is an awe­some mir­a­cle! The woman must be in near op­ti­mum con­di­tion be­cause not only does her body re­quire this to be­come preg­nant, but also to main­tain and grow the baby as well.

With a preg­nant woman, we truly get to wit­ness the amaz­ing cre­ative power that God has given to fe­males in grow­ing and bring­ing forth new peo­ple for the planet.

Hav­ing said that, many preg­nant ma­mas are plagued by ail­ments and dis­com­forts that can make their life quite mis­er­able. Rarely do we en­counter a woman hav­ing no preg­nancy ail­ments at all. Most will re­port ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some dis­com­fort or an­other that would not oth­er­wise oc­cur. Mid­wives are of­ten keen for moth­ers to avoid med­i­ca­tion in preg­nancy. We tend to ad­vise on us­ing nat­u­ral reme­dies to bal­ance and treat the ail­ments they ex­pe­ri­ence, when­ever pos­si­ble. In­deed, many of the com­mon ail­ments can be bal­anced out us­ing a va­ri­ety of nat­u­ral tech­niques, re­duc­ing ex­po­sure to the chem­i­cals from con­ven­tional med­i­ca­tions.

It is al­ways a good idea though to check in with your doc­tor, es­pe­cially if the con­di­tion is not be­ing well man­aged by you, or is caus­ing par­tic­u­lar dif­fi­culty.

So what are the top five most com­mon preg­nancy ail­ments and their nat­u­ral treat­ments, and are they worth a try?

1. Nau­sea and vom­it­ing is prob­a­bly the most com­monly ex­pe­ri­enced ail­ment and some­times the first one to present it­self. As we know, it can cause con­sid­er­able dif­fi­culty due to the de­bil­i­tat­ing ef­fects of per­sis­tent nau­sea, es­pe­cially if ac­tual vom­it­ing oc­curs on a daily ba­sis. Many nat­u­ral ther­a­pies work well, but if vom­it­ing oc­curs daily, speak with your mid­wife or doc­tor.

2. Headaches are more com­monly ex­pe­ri­enced in early preg­nancy and may be part of with­drawal from cig­a­rettes, caf­feine or other sub­stances if mother is tak­ing great care. Later in preg­nancy, they are not as com­mon and may sig­nify blood pres­sure prob­lems, so be sure to speak with your mid­wife or doc­tor.

3. In­som­nia is ex­pe­ri­enced by many ma­mas as dif­fi­culty get­ting to sleep, or stay­ing asleep, even though they may be ex­tremely tired. Switch­ing off at

bed­time can be hard if mother is anx­ious, fear­ful, ex­cited, or is just sim­ply un­com­fort­able due to back pain, sci­at­ica or a su­per ac­tive baby at night. Sleep de­pri­va­tion is tough, but at least it isn’t harm­ful for you or your baby.

4. Vari­cose veins and haem­or­rhoids ap­pear as swollen, knot­ted-look­ing bluish coloured veins usu­ally seen in the legs, in the rec­tum (haem­or­rhoids), or around the open­ing of the vagina. This is due to the preg­nancy hor­mone pro­ges­terone, which causes the veins’ mus­cu­lar walls to re­lax. Though un­com­fort­able and in­con­ve­nient, vari­cose veins cause no harm in your preg­nancy or to your baby.

5. Yeast in­fec­tions are more com­mon dur­ing preg­nancy, and even more so if the mama has ex­ist­ing or ges­ta­tional di­a­betes due to the ex­cess sug­ars in­volved in these con­di­tions. Symp­toms are a change in vagi­nal dis­charge, itch­ing, ir­ri­ta­tion and pain when pass­ing urine or dur­ing sex.

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