For many pregnant women, the havoc that is played with their hormones and the generally seismic changes that their bodies undergo is enough to turn them off the use of serious drugs to deal with the many uncomfortable side effects of carrying a child. While there are many medically approved synthetic drugs that can really help with all sorts of pregnancy problems, natural medicine and naturopathic approaches can be remarkably effective.
It is no surprise, and certainly no coincidence, then that there are, in fact, many natural solutions for all the problems we regularly associate with pregnancy. Kiya Longevity, a company offering telecare and naturopathic doctor consultations, note that being pregnant can affect everyone differently, so one might well require a bit of trial and error to find the natural solution that works for them.
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An Important Warning
But before we get on to the different herbal remedies that can help alleviate the symptoms of pregnancy-related afflictions, it is vitally important to get a certain warning out of the way first. Just because herbal remedies are natural – i.e., they come from plants and have no ingredients that have been artificially synthesized – doesn’t mean they’re necessarily safe for use during pregnancy. Natural, remember, does not equal safe, and there are several herbal remedies that, just like medications, are not safe during pregnancy. Therefore, this is something you should certainly check before consuming anything, natural or otherwise.
Of course, that some herbal remedies work like medicines and are not safe only proves the powerful healing potential of natural remedies. These are medicines, mother nature is a healer and, accordingly, you should treat them like medicines – some are plenty potent. They might also resemble medicines too. Herbal remedies are derived from plants, but they can take the form of pills, capsules, tinctures, solutions, and so on. Nature is full of natural medicine.
The Best Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy
So, with that out of the way, here are some of the best herbal remedies you can turn to for your pregnancy related woes:
Red Raspberry Leaf
Red raspberry leaf tea is rich in iron and has a plethora of beneficial effects for pregnant woman. It has been said to help tone the uterus, increase milk production, and decrease nausea. When it’s almost time, red raspberry leaf can also help ease labor pains somewhat. There is even some promising – though as yet inconclusive – evidence that it can also reduce the chance of several pregnancy complications.
Peppermint tea is well known for easing an upset stomach and these properties make it particularly good for pregnant women. The use of this herb can help to relieve nausea and morning sickness, as well as doing something about flatulence.
Similar to the peppermint leaf, ginger root is great for doing something about nausea. In severe cases when you are actually vomiting, this is also a great herb to turn to, as it is known to help with this most unpleasant condition as well.
Slippery Elm Bark
The inner bark of this elm tree is often sold in supplements and is taken orally with food. As well as anti-nausea effects, it can also combat heartburn and, very usefully for pregnant women, can ameliorate vaginal irritations.
Oats and Oat Straw
Taken orally, oats and oat straw are rich in calcium and magnesium and are said to also help with the anxiety and restlessness known to often accompany pregnancy.
At the end of the day, by taking the appropriate care, you should be safe to explore everything Mother Nature has to offer to help you bring another life into the world. See what works for you.