Congratulations you are pregnant!
You must be very excited and happy.
Along with all the positive changes there are also less pleasant physical changes.
In this post, I will elaborate on the common side effects during pregnancy and natural remedies to treat them.
A Series of 3 Posts On Natural Remedies During Pregnancy
This is the first part of three posts on natural treatment during pregnancy, and it is about nausea, heartburn, and a bitter taste in the mouth.
The second post in this series of posts is about the digestive system’s conditions like constipation, gases, and hemorrhoids.
The third post focuses on edema, stretch marks, and excessive urinating.
Natural Remedies for Nausea and Morning Sickness
It is very important that you drink at least 10 glasses of water throughout the day.
You can also drink soda or weak tea.
Dehydration can increase the feeling of fatigue and nausea and even cause the appearance of premature labor,
which is why it is so important to drink adequate amounts of fluids.
Chamomile tea has a calming effect, it helps relieve nausea, and also improves mood.
Add slices of ginger root in a glass of boiling water and drink.
Cinnamon Infused Tea
Boil cinnamon stick in water, you can add a decaffeinated tea infusion, sometimes even the smell alone can alleviate.
Suck on a slice of lemon or drink lukewarm water with squeezed lemon juice.
Suck on an ice cube, or drink ice-cold water in small sips.
Avoid Spicy, Fatty, and Fried Food
It is advisable to give up fried, fatty, or overly spicy foods, which may increase the feeling of nausea.
Eat small meals during the day.
When we are pregnant, we are constantly hungry and craving the strangest foods.
However, we must remember to maintain a balanced sugar level and stomach that is not too full on the one hand,
but not empty on the other hand, as both options can lead us to nausea.
To avoid heartburn or feelings of nausea, you should try and give up the traditional approach of orderly meals and eat as needed and according to hunger.
Some women find that eating dry things like crackers helps them.
Crackers are not the healthiest food, but at a time when your appetite is so picky, it is not terrible if you use them.
You should complete the meal with more nutritious and satisfying foods such as vegetables, avocados, and tahini.
Such a combination will help you open your appetite on the one hand and maintain a feeling of satiety for a longer period of time, on the other,
due to the combination of fiber, unsaturated fats, and proteins.
Note: It is not recommended to base the entire meal on carbohydrates, such as toast or cookies.
Wash well and strain half a cup of white rice.
Next, Boil it in a saucepan with two cups of water.
Strain the rice out of the liquid and drink the water.
The rice water silences nausea immediately.
Boil a glass of water in a pot, and add to it a glass of pilled sweet potato root.
Lower the flame and cook for half an hour.
Filter, refrigerate and drink the liquid morning and evening.
A Few Tips on How to Avoid Heartburn
- Slightly raise your head on a pillow when you lie down to rest.
Lying down horizontally contributes to the transition of the stomach contents towards the esophagus, and this can be avoided by raising the chest.
- Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothes and avoid clothes that press on the abdomen and chest, including bras.
- If it is necessary to bend, do it by bending the knees, and not by bending the entire back.
Bending the back creates pressure on the abdomen and stomach, which is not recommended.
Knee flexion is good and also good for the back muscles.
Natural Remedies for the Relief of Heartburn During Pregnancy
When heartburn occurs, drink water, in small sips.
Eat a number of small meals throughout the day and prefer many small and light meals over a few large and heavy meals.
Eating Before Bedtime
You should avoid large meals before bedtime.
If possible, try to eat the last meal up to two hours before bedtime.
Eat natural, unsalted, and not roasted almonds which may relieve heartburn.
Drinking fennel tea, chamomile or ginger relieves heartburn.
You can add a little freshly squeezed lemon to the tea.
Although lemon is sour, it is not acidic in the stomach and is effective in preventing heartburn.
Avoid These Foods
Avoid eating fried, fatty, spicy, and acidic foods.
Among the foods that should be reduced in consumption are:
Burrekas or any other food that is based on white wheat,
tomatoes and ketchup, falafel, citrus fruits, and fries.
You should avoid or greatly reduce your consumption of beverages that contain caffeine like cola, coffee, black tea, hot chocolate, and avoid drinking alcohol.
A bitter taste on the mouth
Maintain an Adequate Amount of Saliva in the Mouth
Brush and floss your teeth, and use an antibacterial mouthwash.
Chew sugar-free gum to maintain an adequate amount of saliva in the mouth.
Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day and avoid eating greasy or spicy foods.
Rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water, in order to deal with a bitter taste in your mouth.
In The Next Post
Check the second post in this series of posts about natural remedies during pregnancy.
It focuses on the digestive system’s conditions like constipation, gases, and hemorrhoids.