Let’s talk pregnancy ailments. First you want to vomit, then you glow or get acne, and then comes cramps and heartburn. Swollenness and constipation get thrown in there too! They don’t have to come in any specific order and sometimes you get it worse than your friends. Why do bad things have to happen to good people?!
In any event, there are natural remedies that can relieve some of your ailments. Certain herbs can ease your constant urge to hurl or your worrisome thoughts.
Before we dive into what herbs can do, it is super important to tell you that herbs can only do so much. Many issues simply come from how your body is able to eliminate excess hormones and waste, how you are already taking care of yourself, and what nutrients have been made available to your body.
Basically, make sure your diet is nutrient-based, drink lots of water, and cool it with sugar. If you have a crappy diet or lifestyle, herbs won’t do anything. If you are taking care of yourself, you can look to herbs that can offer soothing goodness!
Please remember to speak with your healthcare professional before incorporating any teas or herbs into your diet while pregnant.
Nausea is a kicker. Sometimes during pregnancy, people projectile vomit while others just feel like they are going to throw up 24 hours a day. To treat all nausea, three herbs come to mind: ginger (real ginger… not sugary ginger ales), peach leaf, and peppermint. Ginger tea, peach leaf tea, or peppermint tea will do the trick. If you run hot (if you sweat often), peppermint tea will be your best bet. If you run cold (if you like people to turn down AC), ginger or peach will be your go-to. Peach tea is great for emotional upset too so if you are feeling nauseous and upset, peach tea it is!
Indigestion and Heartburn
Ah, heartburn might be worse than nausea. If you have apple cider vinegar, you can add 2 tsp to ¼ cup of water and drink (can be repeated every 5 minutes). Lemon juice can aid heartburn as well. You can drink the lemon juice straight or add it to water. Another remedy would be marshmallow root. You can get tea of marshmallow root but I prefer marshmallow root soaked in cold water until the water gets slimy. Once the water is slimy, you can drink it to relieve heartburn.
Anxiety can come in for all sorts of reasons during pregnancy. It doesn’t matter why you are faced with anxiety, here some things that can help. When it comes to anxiety and teas, chamomile tea is what people tend to think of. Three other herbs are wood betony, catnip and linden. All can be found in tea form. You can also find catnip tincture. Chamomile has a gentle calming effect, catnip is for when you are your crankiest, linden is like a giant hug, and wood betony brings you back to your center and provides grounding. All are great for what they offer!
Constipation & Hemorrhoids
As if things couldn’t get worse, in comes constipation and hemorrhoids. Some people never experience hemorrhoids until pregnancy, oh what a joy! For constipation, yellow dock tea or good ole fashion coffee (as long as you’ve spoken to health professional!). AS for pregnancy hemorrhoids, those suck, and can be reduced if you deal with constipation first. If hemorrhoids still rear their ugly head, witch hazel is the best “remedy.” I say “remedy” because witch hazel can assist in making them feel better but hemorrhoids still require time to go away completely. You can get witch hazel and dab on a cotton ball or pad.
Leg cramps can become so painful during pregnancy that they can actually wake you up in the middle of the night. Maybe it’s leg cramps that are actually preparing you for life with a newborn? Screw the preparation; you probably want more sleep now. And you could do without the shooting excruciating pain down your legs. When it comes to leg cramps, minerals are your best medicine for leg cramps. Seaweed and bone broths are great for added minerals to your diet. For teas: nettle and dandelion are high-mineral herbs. In order to access the minerals from dandelion and nettle teas, however, they require overnight infusion to get the highest concentration of minerals.
You can get swollen everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE. How can you be less swollen? First, make sure you drink a lot of water at every stage of pregnancy. Second, similar to constipation remedies, lemon and apple cider vinegar can get liquids out too! Warm water with lemon is one of my favorites to flush out fluids. Lastly, you can also try dandelion, green, and hibiscus tea to help get rid the excess water out too.
As always, if you have questions or want to talk further, you can contact me at ChristineGalatis@gmail.com or 781-727-6275. I can answer questions and point you in the direction of nutritionists, herbalists, and more if needed!