Finding out you’re pregnant is a defining moment in your life. You’re going to experience many changes over the next nine months, both physically and emotionally, all while you prepare to bring a child into the world and raise them into adulthood.
Sufficed to say, pregnancy is exhausting as well as exciting. It brings many joyous moments, but it also has some pretty unpleasant side effects. Here are the three most common pregnancy complaints, and the natural remedies that cure them.
Feeling nauseous or being sick is often the first symptom a woman experience when she finds out she is pregnant. While morning sickness usually only lasts for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, it can be miserable and even dangerous, especially if you’re struggling to keep food down.
Home remedies for pregnancy sickness include ginger, mint and, curiously, sour-tasting candy. Some women also find that acupuncture or acupressure helps relieve nausea, while others report that regular exercise helps keep symptoms at bay. If pregnancy sickness is severely impacting your everyday life, you should speak to your doctor about possible treatments.
Heartburn is a condition where acid backs up from the stomach to the esophagus and into the throat, causing burning pain and discomfort. It is a common symptom of pregnancy due to the high levels of estrogen and progesterone in expectant mothers, both of which can weaken the esophageal sphincter. Some women find that heartburn gets worse as the baby grows, due to the uterus putting pressure on the stomach. As such, consuming coffee, chocolate, fatty foods or too much peppermint during pregnancy can further irritate the gut and cause symptoms to worsen, so it’s usually best to avoid these foods entirely.
To soothe pregnancy-related heartburn, try sipping one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with eight ounces of water. You can also try drinking coconut water and ginger tea throughout the day and snack on high-enzyme foods such as avocados, banana, and pineapple. Bear in mind that reflux and heartburn can be severe for some pregnant women, so it’s best to see your doctor if you can’t get any relief. You may be prescribed a dexilant drug to help repair your esophagus.
Swelling (also known as edema) is a common pregnancy symptom affecting most women in the final trimester due to excess water weight and fluid retention. The condition typically occurs after long periods of walking or standing and mostly affects the legs, feet, and ankles. Swelling can be uncomfortable, but it’s also considered a cosmetic problem for some pregnant mothers. To treat swelling, try bathing every day in Epsom salts in addition to drinking dandelion tea.
Bear in mind that excessive swelling in pregnancy can be a sign of pre-eclampsia or thrombosis, both serious and potentially life-threatening complications, so it’s always best to consult your midwife to rule out anything serious. Call your doctor immediately if the swelling only occurs in one leg and your calf is red, tender and lumpy, or if the swelling moves up and down your leg and causes an indentation when pressed.
There were no adverse fetal effects in animal reproduction studies of dexlansoprazole in rabbits. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, DEXILANT should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.