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Pregnancy-Safe Home Remedies for Minor Ailments and IrritationsPregnancy safe home remedies for minor ailments and irritations

Every year, Americans suffering minor ailments spend millions of dollars on over the counter medication; many of which have possible side effects that can cause additional health problems. It’s especially important to be careful of any medicine taken during your pregnancy. Always call your doctor if you feel sick or experience discomfort of some sort while you are pregnant, but with his okay, skip the local drugstore and try one of these do-it-yourself home remedies from your kitchen pantry.

Oatmeal         

Manufacturers of anti-itch ointments and creams have caught on to the fact that oatmeal has natural anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties and have developed their own cures made with oatmeal, but there is no need to run out and purchase them. If you have oatmeal in your home, you can make a soothing treatment for relief from itching caused by dry skin and stretchmarks. Mix two or three cups of rolled oats into a bathtub of warm water and soak for 10 to 15 minutes.

Ginger

Studies have shown that ginger works to reduce the symptoms of nausea related to motion sickness, morning sickness, food poisoning and even chemotherapy. Ginger supplements come in powder and pill form as well as gum and candies, which work well while traveling. While each of these helps to reduce or prevent nausea, simply chewing on a piece of ginger root can provide the same relief. Cut off a small piece, peel it and chew. Alternatively, ginger can be soaked in hot water for a few minutes for a ginger tea. Ginger is strong and can cause heartburn, so go easy and take it slow. If you opt for the supplements, talk to your doctor first and keep the dosage low — around 1,000 mg/day.

Lemon

Give an extra boost to your immune system, and help your sore throat feel better by adding some fresh lemon juice to your ginger root tea or to a cup of hot water. The fresh smell of lemon has also been shown to reduce morning sickness.

Dark Chocolate

Chocolate lovers take note; dark chocolate does more than soothe the soul and boost heart health. A compound in dark chocolate called theobromine has been shown to sooth a nagging cough more effectively than codeine. It tastes better too. Chocolate is also high in antioxidants that improve blood flow through the placenta.

Remember, always ask your doctor before using any medication or home remedy while pregnant. If you have any questions about your pregnancy or would like more information, contact us.

 
 
 

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