During both of my pregnancies, I
had the worst allergies.
Add to that my difficulty sleeping, and my nightly Tylenol PM seemed like a
godsend. But since that last baby was born, I've read more and more of the
dangers of taking different medications, especially while pregnant. In
fact, recent studies indicate that Tylenol may not be as safe as we thought and that medicines like Tylenol
PM can up your risk of Alzheimer's later in life. Well, crap.
So what's a mama to do? Luckily,
there are plenty of natural remedies to try for just about every pregnancy
symptom. I've rounded up a few here for some of the most common complaints.
What's pregnancy without
a little morning
sickness? If you're pregnant, you probably have bouts of queasiness, so check
out a couple of these natural nausea remedies:
Try some ginger root, which even
comes in chews, capsules.
Peppermint oil, tea, candies… Basically peppermint works wonders to settle the stomach, which is why so many
restaurants send you home with mints.
Have some protein before bed and
maybe keep a snack on your nightstand. This will help your blood sugar stay
stable through the night so you won't feel so yucky upon waking.
Growing a baby is
exhausting work, so it's no surprise that expecting mamas are often totally wiped
out. Instead of chugging a latte, try a few of these healthier energy-boosters:
Nap! You may feel the need to
nest, but nap if you can.
Avoid caffeine. It may be
counter-intuitive, but caffeine only masks your need for rest, which will have
increased by the time the coffee has worn off. It's much better to listen to
Eat foods rich in iron and
protein. Your diet has a tremendous effect on your energy level. Load your
plate up with healthy food and you'll feel the difference.
Sleeplessness can occur during
pregnancy for multiple reasons: hormone changes, a big belly making you
uncomfortable, heartburn from the pickle and grape jelly sandwich you just HAD
to have… if you find yourself tossing
and turning, give these a try:
Chamomile tea is known to help
people sleep, but do beware as it can cause seasonal allergies to flare up if
you are allergic to ragweed.
Magnesium affects your body in
many positive ways. One of which is that it acts as a muscle relaxant. You can
have a magnesium bath before bed or even buy it in a lotion, as it's absorbed through the skin. Be sure to ask your doc about the proper dosage for your
Pregnancy pillows saved my life
during both of my pregnancies. There are different kinds, so do your homework,
but the one that worked for me waslike
this. It supported my back and my bump without taking up the whole bed.
Yeah, they're expensive, but easy to make if you have a sewing machine.