The essence of being a woman is to bring life into this world. Indeed, being pregnant is the pinnacle of your womanhood.
However the excitement of having ‘a bun in the oven’ and expecting the arrival of your little one can be overshadowed by the discomforts of pregnancy — aches and pains, swelling, and nausea just to name a few.
Here’s how to manage pregnancy-related inconveniences
Although it is not easy to keep the stress levels low, there are safe and natural solutions that can help expecting mothers. A few if these might just work for you… but always remember, the following natural remedies may help relax and soothe your expanding body but be sure to check with your doctor.
Mostly considered safe for pregnant women. Lavender oil, for instance, has been helping expecting women with their anxieties. It should be properly diluted and skin tested prior to use.*Avoid using any oils in the first 3 months unless advised by an expert.
Herbs – Peppermint Leaf, Lemon and Ginger
Scents of these herbs can help when you feel nauseated and reduce morning sickness effectively. Sniff them, eat them or lick them – their refreshing smell and taste calm many pregnant moms’ swelling belly.
This works well also with nausea and are considered safe for pregnant women.
Coconut Oil or Cocoa Butter for Stretch marks
These natural solutions work like magic to reduce stretch marks during pregnancy. Coconut oil is inexpensive, effective and an all natural plant-based remedy to lessen the appearance of ugly stretch marks. It helps soothe, heal, moisturize and clarify skin during pregnancy.Cocoa Butter is a vegetable fat obtained from cocoa beans or cocoa liquor. It may not be able to erase entirely the appearance of stretch marks, but it can prevent or lessen the unsightly look on the skin.
High-Fiber Diet for Constipation
Eat high-fiber diet like whole grain cereals, whole meal bread, fruits and vegetables to help you with your difficulty to defecate smoothly. Drink a lot more fluids to aid your digestion.
Natural Products for Pregnancy-related Heartburn
Some natural heartburn remedies are raw apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon in water,
ginger tea, coconut water, fennel seeds, yogurt or milk and foods containing naturally-occurring enzymes – papaya, pineapple, avocados and bananas.These natural products neutralize stomach acids resulting to relief from heartburn symptoms during pregnancy.
*Use ginger tea in moderation for this could lead to contractions when used frequently or in high doses.
Clear your mind with pregnancy burdens and reduce stress by practicing relaxation techniques like proper breathing and meditation. Prenatal yoga poses increases strength and flexibility for easier and more comfortable labor.
Just remember not to overdo it. Moderate your yoga routine to about 30 minutes and never push it. Doing yoga is to help relax so there’s no reason to push yourself.