RELIEVE MINOR AILMENTS DURING PREGNANCY. BUT ONLY NATURALLY!
If you are pregnant, many drugs are unadvised for your health. With regards to heartburn problems, sore throat or a cold there exist natural remedies. In the following article, we will show you how to prepare them at home.
When you have a cold you feel terrible, even more so when you’re pregnant. The good news is that nothing will happen to your baby, unless you have a high fever. To clear your sinuses, you can inhale the aroma of peppermint or eucalyptus oil. You can clear up your nose with a salt rinse. Proceed by dissolving a teaspoon of salt in half a litre of water and put a few drops in each nostril. It may be a little annoying, but it helps!
How to get rid of a headache during pregnancy
Drinking a cup of espresso with a dash of lemon is a lifesaver. If you don't want to drink caffeine, you can apply a soft cloth moistened with cold water to your forehead. A few drops of lavender oil on your neck and temples have a soothing effect, while peppermint oil or eucalyptus are refreshing and relax cramps.
Sore throat and pregnant? Here’s the remedy!
If your throat burns and it’s hard to swallow, drink some warm milk with honey or some thyme herbal tea, or make a potato compress: take some cooked potatoes, put them in a kitchen towel, mash them and apply the compress to your neck. Wrap everything in a scarf to keep your neck nice and warm.
These home remedies can help you fight a cough
When you cough, your body is shaken, but don't worry about the baby: it almost doesn’t realize it. Many cough medicines contain alcohol, so avoid them. The best remedy: onion syrup, because it has an antibacterial action and dissolves phlegm. To prepare it, chop up a large onion with 50 grams of candy sugar and let marinate in the mixture for about three hours. You can take a teaspoon every two hours.
The best remedy against heartburn
Nearly all pregnant women suffer from heartburn, especially in the last trimester. You're not alone! On the one hand, the uterus that grows more and more leaves little room for the stomach and, on the other hand, the hormone progesterone doesn’t only stretch your uterine muscles but also the sphincter between the stomach and oesophagus.
Heartburn: homemade remedies and other tricks that help
- When you go to sleep, add an extra pillow under your head. This makes it more difficult for stomach acid to rise up.
- Try to eat more frequent, smaller meals instead of large portions.
- Avoid foods that are very spicy or acidic and fats. Carbonated beverages, juices and coffee may cause acidity.
- If you feel a burning sensation, slowly chew and swallow oat flakes, peeled almonds, a cooked potato, a raw carrot or a banana. These foods neutralize acid.
Tea and pregnancy: choose birch, sage and chamomile
With tea, you can better meet the increased need for fluids during pregnancy. Many varieties have a positive effect on some minor ailments. Birch tea is draining and can help relieve water retention, sage tea helps with digestive problems and chamomile helps having a peaceful sleep.
You should instead be careful about black tea and green tea: both have the same effect as coffee and should be consumed in moderation. Among herbal teas, sweet liquorice root, if consumed in large quantities, increases the risk of premature birth. And teas made of raspberries or blackberries, yarrow, verbena, caraway, wormwood and alchemilla should be drunk only after the 35th week because they stimulate labour.
Is honey allowed during pregnancy?
Many pregnant women ask themselves this question, given that babies under one year of age should not eat honey. So, can it also hurt an unborn child? The answer is definitely no: your intestinal flora protects both you and your baby from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. This can cause the so-called infant botulism among new-borns: toxic substances are formed in the intestines that can cause paralysis.
Whether you take coffee or lemon for a headache, milk and honey or boiled potatoes for sore throats, onions or carrots for coughs, bananas and oatmeal for stomach acidity, you'll find all the ingredients at your nearest Lidl! So, with just one shopping trip you’ll easily find the solution for all your ailments.