While pregnancy is usually a delightful time in a woman’s life, the accompanying symptoms can sometimes be difficult to manage and take away some of the joy which should precipitate the coming events.
Because any type of drug taken by the mother could be transferred to the child developing within the womb, it is always better to use natural remedies to alleviate discomfort.
The following home remedies may be helpful in easing the nausea and vomiting often experienced during the early months of pregnancy:
- Eat everything in moderation, trying to include foods that are sweet, sour, acidic, and salty.
- Eliminate alcoholic drinks.
- Drink ginger or peppermint tea throughout the day.
When moving through the various phases of pregnancy, it is important to adjust the diet to match the different stages of fetal development. The following are suggestions based on Ayurvedic traditions:
- During the first few months, as the baby’s organs are developing, food variety is important.
- During the second trimester, the diet should center on protein, milk products, leafy greens, fruits, and ghee to aid in the development of tissues and muscles.
- As fetal organs develop in the last months of pregnancy, it is good to add medicated ghee.
Ground mint and sandalwood may be applied to the skin throughout pregnancy to aid in emotional stability and help with mood management.
Yoga during Pregnancy
Yoga is also an excellent way to prepare the body for the coming delivery.
A pregnant woman who has toned the back and pelvic muscles sufficiently, developed excellent breathing techniques, and worked toward flexibility in the hips, can usually deliver the baby without drugs or other interventions. This is, of course, healthier for both mother and child, and proper deep breathing ensures that they both get plenty of oxygen during the birth process.
These yoga poses are appropriate for pregnant women, but if a pose becomes difficult or painful in any way, it should be eliminated from the routine.
- Sun salutation A and B
- Modified boat pose
- Cobbler pose
- Warrior posture
- Mountain pose
- Moving prayer pose
Never strain the back or abdominal muscles, and use yoga props, such as pillows or blocks, whenever necessary to prevent injury.
If you have not practiced yoga before pregnancy, it would be wise to get a certified yoga instructor to guide you through these movements and suggest others that will help you meet your goals.