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Natural Cures for Pregnancy Symptoms

How to Alleviate Common Aliments
-- By Antigone Arthur, Health & Pregnancy Writer

Despite all the joys motherhood brings, pregnancy itself can sometimes be challenging. Pregnant women the world over endure similar symptoms. Among the more common ailments include morning sickness, constipation, heartburn, and fatigue.

Because there are so few medications that can be taken safely during pregnancy, many moms-to-be turn to alternative remedies to ease their suffering. There are actually many natural cures available that can relieve even the most severe complaints.

Morning Sickness
Typically morning sickness only causes trouble the first trimester, but some unlucky moms experience nausea their entire pregnancy. What can you do?
  • Cut out excessively fatty and spicy foods.
  • Avoid strong odors such as coffee, meat and garlic.
  • Eat several small meals instead of three large ones.
  • Try acupressure; wear sea bands three-quarters of an inch down your wrist in between tendons.
  • Infuse bathwater with grapefruit, orange, mandarin or lime aromatherapy oils.
  • Try ginger. If you don't like the taste of it raw, try ginger tea or invest in some all natural ginger ale at your local health food store.
  • Take 1.9 mg (micrograms) of vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine). (Women require 1.6 mg of B-6 daily. However, daily intake of over 250 mg can lead to nerve damage. Pregnant women should not take more than 1.9 mg, and nursing moms should take no more than 2.0 due to harm that pyridoxine can have on the developing fetus. As a water-soluble vitamin, B-6 must be replenished each day. Any B-6 not used is eliminated in urine, thus new sources are always needed.)
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Member Comments About this Article
"For morning sickness, supplementing with Vitamin B6 (one pill at each main meal of the day) and Magneseum oil (on the skin before bed) or Epsom Salt baths helped tremendously. Both of these are exceptionally helpful and deficiencies in both vitamin/mineral deficiencies are very commonly linked to morning sickness. Also, eating protein at EVERY meal is also helpful. I eat a snack of fruit and protein before bed and when I woke up in the night to use the restroom and again right after I got out..." -- KOLSTADS
"My doc recommended something called B Natals, they are AWESOME! Very expensive, but worth it. I have to go to the pharmacist and ask for them, but they helped tremendously. They come in suckers and lozenge like drops in cherry and green apple. I found the green apple was best for me. I hope this helps someone! If your pharmacist doesn't have them, try a health food store. That's where I got them at first, until they stopped carrying them." -- PAMJANAKES
"I spent a night in the hospital a week ago (long story) but they prescribed Zofran for me and sent me home with some. It really does help! I am 26 weeks, and the morning sickness came back pretty bad, and so far that is the only thing that has helped, tried the lemon drops, ginger tea, and so on. I only take it during the day (which I kinda have to plan my day around since it only last for 4 hours) mostly because my doctor won't refill the prescription because the hospital had prescribed it, a..." -- ARCOWLES
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About The Author
Antigone Arthur
Antigone is a freelance writer and proud mother. She has been researching and writing about pregnancy, breastfeeding, infertility and alternative health solutions for more than a decade.
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