ANEMIA OR LOW IRON
Symptoms: lusterless, brittle nails, pale skin
, fatigue, purplish gray bags under the eyes; hemoglo
bin below 12
Iron is essential for the formation of hemoglobin w
hich carries oxygen from the lungs to every cell of the b
ody.
Iron builds up the quality of the blood and increase
s resistance to stress. It is needed during pregnancy t
o prevent
hemorrhage and for the developing baby to build up h
is own reserve supply of iron.
Folic acid forms heme the iron containing protei
n found in hemoglobin. Herbs- yellow dock root, nettle
s, alfalfa,
dandelion root; Foods – egg yolks, liver, walnuts, re
d meats, spinach, apricots, bananas, black molasses, p
runes,
raisins, kelp, dulse, dates
SWELLING
Lie down and elevate your feet several times daily
Bedrest on the left side. Drink plenty of fluids and co
ntinue to salt your foods to taste
Swelling may indicate the need for more protein — liver, ch
eese, eggs, nuts, fresh milk, yogurt, lean
meats. Herbs- alfalfa tablets or nettle tea
Swelling of ankles at the end of pregnancy is normal beca
use of the increased pressure of the womb
[restricting lymphatic flow].
AVOID diuretics which can deplete important fluid reserv
es for you and your baby.
FATIGUE
Have iron checked, if normal, increase protein intake, B
-complex and alfalfa tablets
Get more rest and relaxation
BLEEDING GUMS
Indicates a need for more vitamin C. Herb- slippery e
lm
VISION BLURRING OR DIMNESS
Have blood pressure checked; if normal then it is cause
d by harmless swelling of pituitary gland during
pregnancy, Vitamin E and deep breathing may help.
HEADACHES
Could be a symptom of high blood pressure or i
f that is normal could be hormonal changes of pregnan
cy. Try
relaxation exercises and deep breathing. Avoid suga
r and caffeine; nibble on protein and vegetables. He
rbs-
chamomile, catnip, ginger, May need a magnesium suppl
ement.
HEARTBURN
Try smaller meals, eat slower
Reduce gassy foods, grease, and fats
Moderate physical activity, a daily walk perhaps
Yogurt and honey
Betaine-HCl or papaya (the enzyme papain)
herbs- mint tea, slippery elm, catnip, marshmallow ro
ot, chamomile
LEG CRAMPS
Pelvic rocks, squatting and tailor sitting daily to
increase circulation
Check to see if salt intake is adequate
To stop a cramp in progress, point heal or stand on
affected leg
Increase calcium rich food; try fresh raw goat’s milk i
nstead of store- bought milk
[Vitamin E often helps leg cramps] Herbs- nettle. cha
momile, kelp, oat straw
CRAMP UNDER THE RIBS
Baby and womb pressing the diaphragm against the bas
e of the lungs.
Lift your ribcage by raising your arms sideways and upw
ards above your head, then stretch.
BACKACHE OR ACHE IN HIPS OR THIGHS
Caused by poor posture [spinal misalignment agg
ravated by pregnancy] or the pressure of the baby on th
e
small nerves on the inside of the back and pelvis.
Use good body mechanics such as correct posture; squ
atting, instead of bending, to lift heavy objects;
do not
bend.
Do pelvic rocks (see pregnancy exercises). This als
o helps to gently encourage the baby to be in a good
position for birthing.
Posture needs to shift weight of baby onto bony
pelvis instead of suspended from abdominal muscles w
hich
remain contracted and strain [overwork] the lower back.
A shift of the hips forward as when bending the kne
es will
help to learn the posture needed to keep your back stra
ight and relieve the strain and pain.
Herbs high in calcium and minerals- chamomile, o
at straw, red raspberry, afalfa, nettle
Treat yourself to a nice, hot, relaxing herbal ba
th
MASK OF PREGNANCY
A brownish skin pigmentation; try extra folic acid
STRETCH MARKS
Vitamins A,D, and E
Rub vitamin E oil, olive, almond or wheat germ oil
on tummy
VARICOSE VEINS/ HEMORRHOIDS
Impaired circulation
Exercise- walking, pelvic rocks, ankle circles, tailor
sitting
Elevate feet daily
Vitamin E and C
Herbs- Butcher’s Broom, Bilberry, alfalfa, and or wh
ite oak compresses
MOODINESS
Due to hormonal changes extra blood and fluid; norma
l and generally goes away
Exercise and or eating small meals or snacks every 2 ho
urs may help
FOOD CRAVINGS, SMOKING, ALCOHOL OR DRUGS
Could lead to malnutrition
Need extra B- complex, calcium, magnesium and a wide v
ariety of foods
Eliminate smoking, alcohol, or drugs. Nutritious food
is more valuable for the growing baby.
OVERLY ACTIVE BABY
Try eliminating sugar, or caffeine
Pay attention to your diet and try to spot the foods
that overly stimulate the baby. Eliminate these foods
.
[Increase calcium and magnesium intake]
CONSTIPATION
Drink plenty of water
Raw greens- 1 to 2 salads a day
Increase magnesium intake
Bran
Molasses -1 to2 tablespoons a day
Acidophilus or yogurt- stimulates beneficial intestin
al bacteria to do a better job of breaking down food
If you are taking an iron supplement, try switching t
o iron rich herbs- afalfa, nettles, etc.
FALSE LABOR
Being relaxed (warm baths, sleeping, etc.) will sto
p false labor. Herb – catnip
False labor contractions can be a sign of dehydration.
Drink plenty of fluids.
GAS
[Betaine HCI] or Papaya tablets
acidophilus
digestive enzymes
pelvic rocks
Identify and avoid offending food
Herbs- chamomile. catnip. or peppermint
VAGINAL INFECTIONS PREVENTION
Wear cotton underwear
Wipe from front to back after a bowel movement
Don’t share wash cloths
Avoid soap, except ivory or very mild brands
Avoid sugar and refined foods which aggravate candida
(vaginal itching)
Avoid commercial douches, they wash away beneficial natu
ral secretions
Wash after intercourse
Remedies for vaginal itching and irritation
Vinegar rinse- 2 tablespoons white vinegar to l cup
water. Rinse vaginal area with mixture several time
s a day
until itching goes away
Garlic suppositories— dip garlic clove in vegetable
oil and insert in vagina
or acidophilus — insert l tablet vaginally each night
or plain yogurt- mix 2 tablespoons yogurt in 2 tables
poons water; dip a tampon in the mixture and insert.
Taking garlic capsules and acidophilus capsules helps
BLADDER INFECTIONS
Pressure on bladder during pregnancy may predispose som
e women to bladder infections
Don’t cross legs; adds more pressure
Don’t wear tight pants
Avoid soaps
Don’t make love with expectant mother lying on her b
ack; puts more pressure on bladder.
Drink plenty of water
Herbs— garlic, Echinacea, At first sign of bladder inf
ection, drinks lots of nettle tea.
If infection persists consult your caregiver.
FLU, COLDS, FEVER,
Lots of fluids, Elder flower and peppermint tea is good for
fevers. Adding salt and apple cider vinegar
to a lukewarm bath is a safe way to break a fever. Acet
aminophen (Tylenol) is safest for pregnancy.
Catnip, chamomile, and slippery elm teas are good for upset s
tomachs and to calm vomiting.
Colds and Infections respond well to Vitamin C, garlic an
d Echinacea Angustifolia root.
Nasal Congestion is eased by clearing the passageways wit
h a saline (salt water) solution.
Nettle tea is recommended for allergies.
POSITIVE THOUGHTS
Expectant mothers be happy for you are blossoming with li
fe and inner creativity.
You have the knowledge to prevent complications, have a h
ealthy pregnancy and give
birth to a beautiful baby who will have an optimal sta
rt on life because of your good
health.
The divine love of Yahweh our Creator is working within
you right now forming a very
unique, much loved individual.
Be Happy! Praise Yahweh for all your wonderful blessings
!
Being happy and thankful does what tranquilizers cannot
do. A thankful state of being
creates inner peace.
Enjoy motherhood; it is the very essence of being a woman.
* Yahweh is the Hebrew name for God.

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