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Well, pregnancy & motherhood are definitely the most wonderful experiences for any woman. However, a few dampeners might make your experience a not so pleasant one. While most of these pregnancy symptoms are temporary and go away with time, for a few you might have to take medication as recommended by your doctor. But the good thing is, a lot of common pregnancy symptoms can well be taken care of by our age-old home remedies or gharelu desi nuskhe. So here I am, as a mommy of twins, sharing a few natural remedies that worked for me during and post-pregnancy. Hope these come handy for you too.
Morning sickness, perhaps the most common pregnancy symptom, can actually get quite upsetting and annoying. Here are some home remedies that helped me manage it: – Ginger is one of the best natural remedies which helps settle your stomach and relieve nausea. I used to swear by ginger-infused tea. But if you have a tendency of acidity, a teaspoon of ginger juice works well too. I know of a few people who could even just sniff it for relief. – Fresh coconut water is like a magical potion. Full of essential minerals, it is also a quick fix for nausea and morning sickness.
Yep, you guessed it – those hormones are probably to blame again. As with most pregnancy symptoms, pregnancy headaches usually result from hormonal changes and can be quite unnerving. A few ways to manage and alleviate them naturally are: – Try to rest when you can – Stay hydrated – Find ways to relax, like pregnancy yoga – Cold compress the spot at the base of your neck – Practice good posture to avoid muscle strain
Hormones and, later in pregnancy, your womb pressing on your stomach can sometimes leave you bloated, burpy, sick or with a nasty heart burning sensation. There are some things you can do that may help relieve your symptoms: – Avoid heartburn triggers like spicy foods, chocolate and fruit juice, especially in the evenings – Try eating smaller meals more frequently – Sit up straight when you’re eating to take the pressure off your stomach – Finish eating about three hours before bedtime – Try drinking milk when you get heartburn (and keep a glass handy in the night)
This involuntary contraction of muscles at the back of the calf can literally jolt you out. And the worst fact is, leg cramps in pregnancy mostly occur at night. In the midst of a spasm, try massaging your calf and flexing your foot, lifting your toes up and pushing your heel out. To prevent leg cramps, here are a few ways: – Slowly flexing and releasing the feet several times before bed each night can help keep leg cramps at bay during pregnancy – Try gently exercising your legs, ankles and feet during the day, like point your toes and flex your foot up and down vigorously 30 times. Repeat on the other side.
Expanding pressure on pelvic muscles and swollen veins in the anus can often cause constipation during pregnancy. A few natural remedies to fight this out are: – Focus on fibre intake in your daily diet. Few sources of fibre are fruits and veggies, flaxseeds, prune juice, chia seeds, whole grains and beans – Keep yourself hydrated – Vitamin C increases the production of bile in the body. This, in turn, helps in treating constipation. Lime water with honey, oranges are a great source of vitamin C – Yoghurt (dahi) is a rich source of probiotics that aid digestion by altering the microbiota in the bowels. This may help in treating constipation during pregnancy
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