Guest post by Nathalie Chantal de Ahna
There is not much emotion-wise, which tops what you feel when you find out you’re pregnant for the first time. When I held my positive pregnancy test in my hands after trying for 18 months and exactly one day before an appointment with a fertility specialist which I had dreaded so much (the appointment, not the doctor), I was so full of joy, I could have embraced the entire world. I’m pretty sure most mothers can relate to this. I went out to get every book on expectant mothers that I could find right away, and I discovered a bunch of useful information.
These books, however, did not prepare me for five common (pregnancy) troubles, some of which were so embarrassing from time to time that I just wanted to crawl under a rock. I mean, do you know what it’s like to stand in a queue at the local supermarket where everyone knows you and you have no idea how not to wildly scratch your behind because your haemorrhoids are itching so badly?! Or – have you ever been to a Fit Fight class so bloated that almost every kick made you break wind so loudly it sounded like you were actually firing live ammunition? I can tell you, this is so NOT funny!
Luckily, after becoming an orthomolecular nutritionist, I found some effective ways to deal with those kinds of problems and would like to share them with you to spare you any unnecessary disgrace. BTW – the ailments are so common, you might want to keep on reading, even if you are not pregnant and/ or male.
A quick & natural fix for minor haemorrhoids is vitamin E. Get some vitamin E capsules, cut them open, squeeze out the gel and apply it to your – dry and clean – anus several times a day, especially after visiting the toilet! You’ll be amazed at the result!
There are many reasons for bloating – no matter if you are pregnant or not. One reason might be that your intestinal flora is not in balance. When pregnant, there are quite a few products/ herbs you should avoid, but probiotics are an extremely safe nutritional substance which does not only counter-act embarrassing bloating but also promotes the healthy development of your baby’s immune system.
3) Acid reflux
Acid reflux is a problem numerous pregnant women are familiar with. If you do not want to take any regular meds, try eating a handful of unsalted & unroasted almonds. Or, take a tablespoon of dry chia seeds. If you give the latter a shot, wait until the heartburn is gone and then drink plenty of water.
4) Leg cramps
Sleeping soundly is so important to feel good and stay healthy. One enemy of a good night’s sleep, however, is leg cramps which can be enormously painful. In many cases, these cramps are caused by a lack of magnesium. To get rid of them, you can take 300mg of magnesium twice a day or apply magnesium in transdermal from by using magnesium oil. This is actually the most effective and fastest way to replace daily losses.
Another benefit of magnesium for pregnant women: it optimizes blood pressure levels und increases your pain tolerance threshold. This comes in very handy at the latest during delivery!
5) A weakened immune system
When you are pregnant, your immune system runs at a very low speed. On the one side, this is good for your baby but, on the other side, you can come down with a cold or the flu a lot faster. Especially the flu can be more dangerous in pregnant women, which is why it is essential to help your body fight off nasty viruses and bacteria. One of the safest ways to do so is by supplementing with vitamin C. In his Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C, the pioneer of vitamin C megadosing, Dr. Frederick Klenner explains how he gave large doses of vitamin C to more than 300 expectant women: not only had they almost no complications of whatever kind in their pregnancies or during delivery, their children were reported to be the healthiest in the hospital! Dr. Klenner routinely gave healthy pregnant women 4,000mg of vitamin C daily during the first trimester, 6,000mg during the second and 10,000mg during the third trimester. If you want to learn more about the incredible healing properties of vitamin C, read Dr. Klenner’s guide or check out my blog for more facts & figures coming soon!
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