Natural Ways To Cope With All The Trimesters Of Pregnancy
Pregnancy is one of the most wonderful times of your life. Your body is flourishing, hosting a new l...
There's also a chance you're going to spend a lot of it feeling rotten. That's the big bit where all the inspirational pregnancy material tends to skip over, isn't it? That for 40 weeks, you're going to have days when you feel so wretched, all you want to do is curl on the sofa and cry. It might not happen, of course - some women breeze right through. The odds are not in your favor, though, and being prepared for what is to come is an essential weapon in your arsenal.
As the pregnancy is such a delicate time, you may want to keep things as "natural" as possible. This is a great idea, but nevertheless, go forward with caution. All of the things listed below might sound benign but always check with a doctor before using them. Everyone and every pregnancy are different, so don't take any chances.
The First Trimester: Ginger Is Your New Best Friend
While the misnamed morning sickness can happen throughout pregnancy, it's in the first three months that it's going to be the star. This is nausea that can't tell time, and you may experience episodes throughout the day.
One of the best ways to quell the issue is with ginger tea. Ginger is a recognized antiemetic and will help reduce stomach discomfort, too. We'd suggest using honey in the tea- ginger by itself is an, uhm, let's say acquired taste. The honey can make it taste a little less astringent.
The Second Trimester: Focus On Your Skin
As a middle ground, this is frequently a woman's favorite of the pregnancy stages. As nausea recedes and before the baby becomes too heavy, you have a little breathing time.
This is a time to focus on your skin, most specifically, in the prevention and management of stretch marks. Pregnancy can also dry your skin out, so be aware of this too.
Your greatest asset here is cocoa butter, which is used the world over to treat stretch marks. It also smells heavenly. Use organic and unrefined butter, warm it in your hands and then apply to any area that is causing your problems. If you need a little extra help, then pure Vitamin E oil can be a worthy assistant.
The Third Trimester: Stomach Problems
You're nearly there, so give yourself a pat on the back! The predominant feature of the final stretch for many women is a problem with heartburn. This is when the essential acid that lines your stomach strays into the esophagus, which is more likely with a baby compressing your organs. This causes an unpleasant burning sensation in the chest, which can couple with nausea.
An antacid may be prescribed, but you can supplement with digestive enzymes. These help speed up the digestion process, giving the acid something to do, rather than bothering you.
Wishing you a very happy and healthy pregnancy!
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