A rush of emotions. A little stick. Will it be pink! Or blue? Who should
you tell first? What do you do now?
Pregnancy can be a wonderful experience that is full of excitement and
love and anxiety and tension. There are a lot of decisions to be made
and you must face the realization (whether it’s your first or your 12th)
that life will never be the same.
Once you have the details of the actual delivery, the who (midwife or
doctor), what (your baby), where (home birth, birthing clinic or
hospital) and when (determining your due date) down, you can get on with
making sure that baby has the best possible beginning even before you
Nutrition will be one of the keys to help you to keep your growing baby
healthy and safe while still in your womb. And an extra bonus will be
helping you to keep up your energy and minimizing the unpleasant effects
of carrying your little one inside of you.
If you have a craving, indulge it. If you can’t eat something, don’t
worry about it. The body has different needs during this time and those
needs show themselves in various ways. It’s a temporary situation and
nothing to be concerned about.
Prenatal Vitamins – While many multiple vitamins have the necessary
quantities of vitamins and minerals for an average adult, prenatal
vitamins have the increased quantities of those vitamins most important
during this precious time. In addition, some prenatal vitamins have
added the herb Ginger to help with morning sickness.
Calcium and Magnesium – These minerals are important during
pregnancy for a number of reasons. If you don’t have enough calcium to provide to
your baby as he begins to form bones and teeth, your body will naturally
compensate by pulling these critical minerals from your own teeth and
hair. This is why many women get more cavities and have brittle, dull
hair during pregnancy. In addition, adequate levels of calcium may
prevent preeclampsia during late pregnancy. Of course, there is the
added benefit of avoiding excess leg or muscle cramps, common in
Red Raspberry – This herb is commonly known as the woman’s herb and can
be taken throughout pregnancy. It has been used traditionally to
strengthen the uterus and help women carry full-term reducing the
chances of premature birth.
5-W – This is an herbal combination by Nature’s Sunshine Products. Many
mothers and midwife’s insist they would not deliver without it. 5-W
(five weeks) should be taken during the last five weeks before the
scheduled due date. This product will help to tone the uterus and
shorten the duration of labor.
Common ailments and natural alternatives
Sometimes our best efforts aren’t enough and we end up getting sick or
having other problems that need to be addressed during this delicate
time. Because anything that you take will also affect your growing baby,
it’s best to use safe, natural alternatives whenever possible.
For almost all of the following, the best natural prevention is water.
Pregnant women need far more of it than the average adult. Be sure you
have water with you every where you go and drink it by the gallon.
Allergies and sinus congestion – Fenugreek may assist by acting as a
mild laxative (opening the bowels to flush the irritants and mucus) and
by reducing mucus secretions. A side benefit of fenugreek is that it
promotes lactation in nursing women.
Back pain – See a good chiropractor and use rice pillows to ease the
Bladder Infections – Use cranberry supplements daily as a preventative
if you are prone to bladder infections. Should you contract a bladder
infection during pregnancy, you could increase your dosage of cranberry
and add colloidal silver, a natural antibiotic. Be sure to do this at
the very first sign of the infection as bladder infections that reach
the kidneys may increase the risk of preterm labor.
Colds – Echinacea is a safe alternative that can be used during
pregnancy. Sip on Echinacea tea or take a few capsules several times a
day. Another herb that may be effective is Olive Leaf. Of course, don’t
forget to increase your vitamin C.
Constipation and hemorrhoids – This sometimes occurs due to the extra
iron in prenatal vitamins. While it is generally not safe to take a
laxative during pregnancy, there are some things you can do. Increase
magnesium. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant and will help to relax
the sphincter muscle that allows for proper elimination. Increase fiber.
Often, due to cravings or specific food aversions during pregnancy,
women don’t get enough fiber. Supplement if needed. Exercise may also
Insomnia – Valerian root acts as a natural sedative and may be just
enough to help induce sleep.
Nausea – Ginger or peppermint tea can be very helpful here. Also try
aloe vera juice.
This is a time of joy but it may take a little extra strength and
willpower to stick to your desire to stay natural. Just remember, the
less toxins you put into your body, the healthier your baby will be.
Nicole Bandes is a Certified Herb Specialist that
has been helping others to regain their health and vitality since 1999.
Nicole uses and recommends Nature’s Sunshine Products for her family and
friends. Read more articles by Nicole at www.naturallyherbs.com