Common Pregnancy Ailments & Treatments
Natural Treatments for Common Pregnancy Ailments
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.