Being pregnant was one of the strangest experiences of my life, and yet it was also wonderful. And like every mom-to-be, a healthy pregnancy with a healthy baby is what I wanted most of all. Unfortunately, pregnancy can come with a number of challenges. From nausea to exhaustion, pregnancy can take its toll and every trimester can offer a new surprise. Here are some common pregnancy problems that many women face and natural ways to handle them. And remember, before taking anything, please consult with your primary care practitioner to make sure it is safe for you. Continue reading “Series: Natural Solutions to Common Pregnancy Problems”
SUMMERTIME!!! Many of us are planning trips, and whether it be a staycation or traveling abroad, here are a few natural remedies for summer travel to help your vacation go smoothly.
Probiotics: Studies have shown that probiotics (beneficial bacteria) may help prevent travelers’ diarrhea in adults. Saccharomyces boulardii is a very good option for travelers as it does not require refrigeration. Aside from taking a probiotic, only drink water from sealed bottles, and watch out for swallowing pool water! Even the cleanest pool may have pathogens lurking. If you do succumb to diarrhea, stay hydrated and consume the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) while you recover.
Fiber: One in four travelers experience constipation. Changes in eating and drinking habits, stress, and even reluctance to use public restrooms can cause some to bind up. A fiber supplement like guar guam or psyllium can help speed things along. Make sure to drink plenty of water with your fiber intake. A product like Clear Fiber can easily be mixed with water. If this doesn’t help, try magnesium citrate. Continue reading “4 Natural Remedies for Summer Travels”
“Morning sickness” can affect up to 90% of pregnant women in their first trimester and unfortunately it is usually not relegated to just mornings. Luckily though, for many, morning sickness is limited to the first trimester. If it continues after the first 3 months and is debilitating, please consult with your primary healthcare practitioner.
Researchers believe that nausea and vomiting are results of the many physical changes that occur in early pregnancy, including higher levels of hormones.
Thankfully, there are many natural and effective remedies for pregnant woman to help ease the discomfort of morning sickness.
Ginger: A study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2001) reported that 28 of 32 pregnant women supplementing with ginger had improvement in nausea symptoms compared with 10 of 35 in the placebo group. Researchers found no adverse effect of ginger on pregnancy outcome. Drink a fresh cup of ginger tea two to three times daily or take 300 mg of the capsule form three times daily. Continue reading “Prenatal Health Series: Morning Sickness”
For many pregnant women, morning sickness is an all too frequent and uncomfortable side effect of pregnancy. Some statistics show that almost as many as 70% of moms-to-be experience some degree of nausea and vomiting. And, worse, it is not usually a “morning” only condition. Nausea can occur any time of day and be triggered by any number of factors including:
- Strong smells
- Empty stomach, low blood sugar and hunger
- Certain foods
The good news is that it usually ends towards the beginning of the second trimester. In the meantime, if you are one of many women who can’t keep things down, here are some suggestions to get you through this hopefully temporary period in your pregnancy. Continue reading “Coping With Morning Sickness Naturally”