If you’re pregnant, you might be facing symptoms like headaches, heartburn, constipation, morning sickness, and odd cravings. Although they are perfectly natural, they can put a real damper on the exciting prospect of having a baby. To ensure you’re on the right path, here are some common issues faced while in pregnancy, and five remedies to help ease pregnancy side effects.
Thankfully, there are plenty of safe and natural remedies that can help ease with nagging pregnancy side effects. However, that’s not to say that you should jump in and try these if you’re unsure about them – it’s always good to seek professional guidance from a doctor first. As a disclaimer, this is a collaborative post and should not substitute for advice from your doctor or a medical professional.
Headaches are one of the most common pregnancy symptoms that women face. The result of hormonal changes and blood-sugar swings, they might make you want to grab the paracetamol. However, there are more natural methods that you can use to help ease them:
- Eat small, frequent meals each day.
- Ensure that you’re getting enough rest and relaxing when you’re facing one.
- Get a neck/shoulder massage from your partner or book in for a professional one.
- Practice various relaxation techniques. Activities such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing can help to reduce anxiety.
- Give acupuncture a go! Many women swear that acupuncture helps to relieve stress throughout pregnancy, which often leads to headaches and fatigue.
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During pregnancy, the baby might start to push your stomach acid up as they grow. This process might result in a burning sensation in the chest, known as heartburn. When heartburn strikes, you could try the following:
- Avoid sparkling water, carbonated drinks, or spicy food. Avoiding these foods will help to trigger heartburn.
- Drink soothing beverages. Such as warm milk with honey.
- Try to elevate your head while you sleep. Elevating your head at night may help to prevent stomach acid from rising.
Perhaps the most common pregnancy symptom, morning sickness can result in nausea and vomiting. Faced by millions of women around the world, you’re not alone if you’re experiencing it. The good news is, however, that for the majority of women, it only happens in the second trimester and soon starts to fade. There are also a few methods that you can use to help with it:
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Hydration may help curb any nausea you’re feeling.
- Try foods/drinks with ginger. Ginger is a common remedy used during pregnancy due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Excellent at neutralizing stomach acids and easing discomfort, ginger a natural solution praised by many.
Plenty of expectant mothers will face constipation throughout their three trimesters. Which is why it’s good to know ways in which you can help to relieve it. Alternatives to using over the counter constipation relief, the following tips might prove to be invaluable:
- Eat plenty of fiber – both soluble and insoluble; similarly to if you’re trying to improve your digestion before pregnancy.
- Drink lots of water to remain hydrated.
- Try to maintain a healthy diet full of fruit and vegetables
- Exercise regularly
- Consider taking Probiotics
Throughout pregnancy, your sense of taste might change. And because of this, you might start to crave foods that you’ve never thought of before. Whether you begin to want ice cream, spicy food, pickles, or another type of food, you shouldn’t let these cravings take over. To prevent this from happening, consider doing the following:
- Go on short to medium walks to try and keep your mind off the cravings
- Ensure that you have a balanced diet
Do you have any natural remedies you swear by?
**This is a collaborative post.