Being a new mom is a daunting idea to consider, but an exciting one as well. There’s a lot of adjusting that will need to be done, and a lot of things to learn, unlearn and relearn.
Becoming a mother is something different people get “good” at in different ways and at different paces, but even though we tell ourselves that (and other people tell us too), feeling pressure can be almost inevitable. So, we try to learn as much as we can in the lead-up to the big day, and even after that. After all, something as simple as knowing some good home remedies for various things is a very “mom” thing to have, and it’s incredibly helpful, too.
Here are some home remedies that a mom-to-be might find useful.
REMEDIES FOR ANEMIA
According to Consumer Health Digest, Anemia, happens when your body lacks of healthy RBC’s (red blood cells). Having a low red blood cells count is not a good thing, because it may compromise how well oxygen is carried through your body. Pregnancy anemia is, therefore, something that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible, given that you’re pumping blood for two.
Now, pregnancy anemia is difficult to avoid in the first place, about 50% of all women get anemia while pregnant. First of all,, the whole “you’re pumping blood for two” situation results in your body carrying up to 40% more fluid in your veins, with a lot of the blood rushing to bring nutrients to your little one. And anemia is even more likely to occur if your last pregnancy was fairly recent or if you’re carrying twins or more. Anemia usually manifests itself as excessive fatigue, shortness of breath, irregular or rapid heart rate, brain fog, and so on — be careful however, other conditions can cause many of the symptoms, so get a proper diagnosis.
Fighting anemia calls for getting some more iron, vitamin B12, and folate in the body. One way to do this is to up the protein intake, especially red meat. A single ounce of beef already contains 1.4mg of iron (an ounce of ground beef cuts that down to less than half), and liver is also known to be high in the vital mineral.
For vegetarians or women avoiding meat during pregnancy for any other reason, non-heme iron is present in vegetables such as beans, spinach, and lentils. However, non-heme iron is harder for the body to absorb. Molasses — used in gingerbread, and great for lattes — give up a lot of iron, potassium, and vitamin B6. Cut down on things like milk and most teas, because they inhibit iron absorption by half. Herbal remedies like a tea using nettle, dandelion, and alfalfa are also recommended.
REMEDIES FOR CRAMPS
Yup, these are usually part and parcel of any pregnancy. There are many reasons cramps even come up — from your body being low on potassium and calcium, putting on a lot of weight during the pregnancy, or happening to be carrying more than one baby.
Cramps can be prevented or lessened by maintaining a healthy diet that keeps a reasonable level of those essential nutrients — magnesium, calcium, vitamin C — to avoid running low. Magnesium is found in dates, sweet corn, figs, apples, and green vegetables, while calcium is, of course, prevalent in dairy, salmon, dried beans, and sunflower seeds. Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons (and clementines) have lots of vitamin C, which can also be found in leafy greens and tomatoes. You’ll notice this is all meat-free, which is why vegetarian diets can reduce the frequency and severity of leg cramps.
Taking a warm bath before bed can also help unknot the muscles and help improve your circulation. Keep a hot water bottle, or hot pack ready in case cramps come later in the night. Massaging the affected areas with aromatherapy oil is also a popular choice.
REMEDIES FOR MORNING SICKNESS
Ah, one of the less glamorous parts of pregnancy. Nausea and vomiting that we call morning sickness come from a steep uptick in pregnancy hormones in the body and as many as 90% of pregnant women are affected. The hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin is responsible for morning sickness as it is mass produced by the body in the early weeks to ensure the baby’s nutrition. As your pregnancy evolves, morning sickness goes away because the placenta takes form and takes over. Merely waiting it out means you should stop suffering from it about 14-16 weeks in.
There is usually nothing to worry about it — just keep hydrated, and monitor your weight to make sure it isn’t dropping too much over time — you can also do something to keep nauseas from getting too severe. Try relaxation therapy and other complementary therapy. Some have reported success in using acupressure (a common relief move for nausea is pressing on a specific point in the wrist — about three fingers from the crease between your forearm and hand).
Also, try to modify your eating habits eating smaller portions often rather than large servings fewer times throughout the day. Your stomach will be more tolerant to everyday food like pasta, rice, and potatoes as your stomach sensitivity may be more easily tripped by the common triggers, like spicy, oily, fatty, and fried food duringpregnancy. Finally, keep well-hydrated, because if there’s one thing that’s undoubtedly lost in vomiting, it’s fluids. Water, lemon juice, and any liquids you can manage to take and keep down should be helpful.