Monday, May 28, 2012

Natural Remedies During Pregnancy, part 2

Welcome Back, this week we will continue with last week’s article regarding common ailments and pains during pregnancy.

Insomnia can be caused by a lot of factors: restlessness, the need to urinate, worry, overstimulation, discomfort, etc.

Eat a few hours before bedtime, making sure your meal is easily digestible
Try drinking chamomile tea before bed, or limeflower
Try warm milk or a calcium and magnesium supplement
Make sure that your room is well ventilated and your bed comfortable
Use extra pillows as needed
Do some pelvic rocking before bed, followed by a warm bath
Massage of the head and neck may relieve tension
Add two or three drops of essential oil of lavender to a base oil and use it with a massage before bed

Leg Cramps
Cramps in your muscles are common during pregnancy. It may be caused by the new weight you are carrying, circulation changes, sitting cross-legged or calcium deficiency.

Regular exercise
Stretching (Article on April 23, 2012)
Adequate calcium intake
When the cramp begins, bring your toes towards you, and massage the muscle

Pelvic Pain
As your pregnancy continues, the weight of the baby and your changing form may cause pain when your pubic joint expands in preparation for birth.

Regular exercise
Rest when you need it
Warm compresses at the site of pain

Skin Changes
Skin changes abound during pregnancy. Some are pleasant, others are not. Most of these changes will go away shortly after the birth of your baby. Here are some ideas for the not so pleasant changes that pregnancy can bring.

Use a sunblock when in the sun
Never bleach your skin
Use St. John's Wort oil to help prevent discoloration
Eat foods rich in PABA and folic acid

Changing laundry detergents to a dye free, perfume free brand
Wear cotton clothes
Oatmeal baths help with itching
Bach Rescue Remedy Cream
Lime Flower teas before bed can be soothing


Acne may either get better or worsen during pregnancy, try to keep your face dry, and avoid oils

Stretch Marks
Contrary to marketers for companies that sell stretch prevention creams, stretch marks cannot be prevented. Your best defense is healthy skin, moisturizing daily(best time to do it is after the shower as it helps seal in moisture), and good genetics behind you.

Eat the proper diet to help your skin be healthy
Drink plenty of fluids (Skin that is well nourished stretches better)
If you have itching, use a cream to moisturize the area, some people prefer a Vitamin E oil
Cut down on salt your meals(As it helps retain water)

Stretchmark Oil
dark glass 50 ml bottle
50 ml of wheatgerm oil, or mixture of wheatgerm and almond oil
essential oils of lavender and neroli
Fill the bottle with wheatgerm oil, or the mixture of wheatgerm and almond oils for a thinner solution. Add 15 drops of the essential oil of lavender and 10 drops of the essential oil of neroli. Massage daily after bathing.

Pregnancy causes changes to the blood volume and hormone levels. The increased flow of blood and the relaxation of the muscular walls of the blood vessels leads to a more difficult return of blood from the lower body. They can appear in the legs, vulva, or rectum (see hemorrhoids). The varicose veins that area a result of these changes can be painful, itching, and unsightly. However, heredity does play a part in this process. Here are some ideas to help.

Massage may help prevent, but avoid if varicosities develop
Avoid standing for long periods of time
Exercise regularly (Swimming, yoga and walking are great)
Eat well, including plenty of fiber, Vitamins A, C, E and B complex
Eat raw garlic, onions and parsley to increase the elasticity of your veins
Never sit with crossed legs
Avoid tight clothing
Support stockings may help if you raise your legs up before putting them on
Raise the foot of your bed 3-4 inches
Put your legs up whenever you can
Exercise the pelvic floor and inner thigh muscles

Natural Pregnancy by Janet Balaskas
Husband Coached Childbirth by Robert Bradley

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