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Once nausea subsided from the first trimester, heartburn kicked in. I am having a hard time not relying the go to over-the-counter medicines for relief. Most contain sodium bicarbonate and magnesium trisilicate which really isn’t healthy for pregnant women.  The go to advice is to avoid acidic foods, eat smaller meals, and avoid eating before bed. But I already do all of that. The other day, I ordered tea at a cafe. There was nothing to eat there except pastries and bread. I’m trying to reduce my sugar and anyways, bread give me heartburn. I literally had nothing but tea and… (you guest it) heartburn. So what’s a gal to do?

Here are some natural suggestions for heartburn. I’ve also added whether they worked for me:

  • Water – Basically this is the cure for everything in life. Pregnancy makes the consumption of water both necessary and difficult for me. I drink my water best in large gulps throughout the day, except when you have a growing person inside and hormones raging, consuming anything in large amounts just doesn’t happen. I sip water all day, but apparently not enough to reduce the fire in my chest.

  • Raw apple cider vinegar

  • Fresh lemon in water- This made my heartburn feel worse in my opinion.

  • Ginger tea

  • Coconut water

  • Fennel seeds

  • Peppermint

  • Yogurt or Milk

  • High Enzyme Foods

  • Fermented foods

  • HCL & Pepsin

  • Bentonite Clay – Now this is an old remedy from the south. The fact that it sells in health food stores for $10/ ounce is ridiculous to me. Especially since poor black women have been using it for years, and its use is consider low-end and almost witch crafty or superstitious. But whatever, it really does work and is good for adding nutrients to the body.

  • Aloe Vera – This is the best solution I have found. It last longer than anything else. Before aloe vera, I literally had been sleeping at. 90-degree angle. Anything less cause severe burning in my chest. I have been hard to avoid prescriptions so I am glad I finally discovered the drink I enjoyed in Korea actually is useful for my pregnancy. 

  • Almonds

 

Resources:

https://www.mamanatural.com/pregnancy-heartburn/

http://www.myhealthtips.in/2014/04/natural-cures-for-heartburn-in-pregnant-women.html



{February 26, 2016}   Healthy Body to Healthy Baby

Hubby and I are completing our first year of marriage soon. According to our plan that means trying for a baby. I’ve worked hard over the last few years to get healthy. While I’m not as skinny as I would like to be, I would venture that I’m definitely in better shape than I was when I could fit into a size 4 dress ( I just PR’d in Crossfit). However, could I be better? Always. I’m entering my 30s so why not be just a little more cautious and make sure I’m at my prime when I conceive.

In recent months I’ve been attempting to focus less on a dress size and more on getting my body prepared for baby. I tried to find articles that discussed steps to a healthy pregnancy, but instead most of them were very generic. My type-A personality likes an actual list. Most gave the very basic and generic advice,  ‘get your body healthy.’ Not very helpful…

I mean we all want to be healthy. But how do I actually take steps to achieve that health? What does that look like?  What health concerns should I focus on preventing? So I made my own list, specific to my issues by doing a little reverse engineering of sorts.

Here’s my thought process: Why do women want to be healthy for pregnancy? To avoid complications. So rather than the generic instruction of “get healthy,” I decided to specifically target the most common complication in my health efforts. Hopefully by tailoring my health regimen in this manner I will decrease my likelihood of developing complications and increase my overall health.

Here are the most common general health issues in a pregnancy:

  • Anemia
  • Back Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Bleeding gums
  • Constipation
  • Cramp
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Faintness
  • Feeling hot
  • Fibroid/ complications with uterine fibroids
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure and pre-eclampsia
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Itching
  • Leaking nipples
  • Morning sickness and nausea
  • Nosebleeds
  • Urinating a lot
  • Pelvic pain
  • Piles (haemorrhoids)
  • Skin and hair
  • Sleeplessness
  • Stretch marks
  • Swollen ankles, feet, fingers
  • Teeth and gums
  • Tiredness
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Varicose veins
  • Weight/ Excessive Weight Gain

 

The highlighted health issues are the one’s I’ve witnessed in my own family or I am personally concerned about.

  1. Anemia
  2. Backache
  3. Cramps
  4. Feeling Hot/ Hot Flashes
  5. Fibroids
  6. Headaches
  7. High Blood Pressure/ Pre-Eclampsia
  8. Itching
  9. Pelvic Pain
  10. Teeth and gum issues
  11. Excessive Weight Gain

My strategy is to develop a health plan that targets these issues with natural means of relief. If I make it a way of life now, hopefully it will reduce or eliminate my susceptibility to these health concerns in the future. Stay tune for the full plan!

Resources

http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/pregcomplications.htm



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