Natural Remedies for Pregnancy Symptoms
With hormones constantly changing and your baby growing with your body, there are a lot of common discomforts that occur when you are pregnant.
The good news is there are lots of natural remedies for pregnancy symptoms so you can have a happy pregnancy.
When I’m working with pregnant clients, usually their biggest worry is getting stretch marks and their biggest struggle is heartburn and nausea.
I offer you tips on how to prevent and decrease stretch marks, heartburn, and nausea in my FREE eBook Natural Remedies for Pregnancy Symptoms.
During pregnancy your belly, butt, boobs, and thighs can grow and expand quickly causing stretch marks. The average woman should gain between 25-35lbs, if you are underweight you need to gain more and if you are overweight you might gain a bit less.
Stretch marks appear when the skin becomes overstretched and the fibres in deep layers tear. About 90% of women will get stretch marks during the 6th or 7th month of pregnancy, so you are not alone. If your mom has stretch marks, then you are more likely to get them since they can be genetic.
The bad news is that stretch marks don’t go away. The good news is that they fade with time and there is a lot you can do to prevent them.
I provide 6 easy ways to prevent and reduce existing stretch marks in my free eBook Natural Remedies for Pregnancy Symptoms.
Heartburn and acid reflux
Heartburn and acid reflux are can be caused by several factors:
- Nervous tension can be a cause because it will disrupt the digestive process.
- Excess stomach acid or too little stomach acid can cause the acid to bubble up the esophagus.
- During pregnancy, hormones are causing your muscles to relax and this also includes the stomach muscles. Lazy stomach muscles can allow stomach acid to move up the esophagus and cause heartburn or acid reflux.
- In the third trimester, many of your organs have been displaced to allow room for your growing baby. The stomach gets squished upwards which can cause heartburn or acid reflux.
I experienced acid reflux around the 22-week mark and continued on and off for the duration of my pregnancy. At first, I thought my prenatal vitamin was caught in my throat, but after doing some research I realised it was mild acid reflux. I also experienced heartburn once when eating super spicy food. It was surprisingly painful and my husband was worried I was having a heart attack. I decided to lay off the spicy foods after that incident.
I provide 7 natural ways to prevent and reduce heartburn and acid reflux in my free eBook Natural Remedies for Pregnancy Symptoms.
Nausea or Morning Sickness
Nausea during the first trimester is very common. The technical term is morning sickness, but nausea can hit any time of the day. For most, people it goes away after the first trimester is over but for others it lasts for the entire pregnancy.
There are a lot of different factors that contribute to morning sickness.
- It can be a way for your body to naturally detox. If you were exposed to a lot of toxins before becoming pregnant, your body is trying to eliminate them in a hurry, causing lots of liver activity.
- Nausea can also be linked to the hormone changes that go along with pregnancy including the higher estrogen levels.
- When morning sickness actually happens in the morning, it can be linked to low blood sugar levels that have dropped overnight.
- The last possible cause of morning sickness is dehydration.
For me, the first 6 weeks were pretty much nausea free. When I walked my dog before eating breakfast while drinking green tea I would feel a bit nauseous. I thought this was a sign that I should reduce my caffeine intake, but the culprit was skipping breakfast! Having wine with dinner also made me nauseous. I didn’t know I was pregnant and it was the holiday season so there were lots of celebratory dinners before I found out.
From week 7 onward, I actually felt awesome in the morning but as the day went on; I got more and more nauseous. Between 5 pm to 8 pm was the worst for me. I never actually barfed, but I felt like I was car sick and did a lot of gagging. Thankfully it went away around week 13.
In my free eBook Natural Remedies for Pregnancy Symptoms, I share 7 way to naturally prevent pregnancy-related nausea.
Meet Jesse Lane Lee
Hello! I’m Jesse Lane Lee, BSc, CNP, and I am a cheerful Holistic Nutritionist, cookbook author, and media personality.
I am the founder of JesseLaneWellness.com, a web-based holistic nutrition practice and holistic recipe resource.
I’m also a mamma!
Getting creative in the kitchen and sharing holistically delicious recipes that accommodate a wide variety of food allergies, diets, and lifestyle choices is my passion. I am the author of Healthy Homemade Soups & Sandwiches, Healthy Fresh Salads, Healthy Dairy Free Desserts and a co-author of The Holistic In the City 21 Day Smoothie Guide.
I appear frequently on TV as a guest expert on Your Morning, Breakfast Television, The Morning Show, Morning Live, Daytime Toronto, and other local shows. I am also a regular contributor to Clean Eating Magazine, KrisCarr.com, and MindBodyGreen.com.
My belief is that eating healthy whole foods can be easy, fun and most of all, delicious!
This is just a sneak peek at the information I include in my book Healthy Holistic Pregnancy. In the book, I cover 27 common pregnancy-related discomforts and how to prevent them naturally.