Finding out you’re pregnant can be one of the most exciting times of your life-- It’s the beginning mark of a lifetime adventure! If you are anything like me, you may have romanticized the amazing process without knowing all of the pesky little details. Though growing a new life inside of you and then birthing this little human into the world truly is one of the most miraculous journeys to venture on, there are some very real and not so glamorous sides to it. A woman’s body--strong and resilient--can gracefully travel through nausea, heartburn, sleepless nights, compressed organs, spread apart bones, extra weight, increased blood volume, stretching skin, an always changing appetite and so much more! To help support you in your very own and purely unique pregnancy, I would love to share a few tips and tricks to provide you with comfort and ease. After all, every mama deserves to feel her best!
Shortly after finding out you are pregnant, you may get swarmed with questions about nausea and food aversions. All of our answers vary because we all are uniquely diverse and no two experiences are completely identical! Some women have little to no nausea while others have intense nausea lasting their entire pregnancy. There is no way to know what is in store for you until it happens! However, no matter where you fall on the sliding scale of morning sickness there are a few knick knacks to help ease your symptoms!
Ginger is long praised for it’s abilities to relieve nausea. What makes it even more awesome for mamas is that it is not contraindicated for pregnancy. This means it is safe to ingest while you are carrying your little one in the womb! With a quick trip to the store to pick up a chunk of ginger in the produce section you make it fresh yourself with all the love you deserve. Take the fresh ginger root and slice about an inch off, chop it up, and pour about two cups of boiled water over it. (You can tweak this recipe to best suit your needs!) After letting the tea sit and steep for about ten minutes feel free to add whatever your body calls for to it! (Just remember before experimenting too much with herbs you do a bit of research to make sure they are conducive to your growing babe!) psssst….My favorite is to add about a teaspoon of honey and stir, stir, stir!
Sometimes when we become nauseous nothing sounds good and trying to get food in our bellies can feel nearly impossible. A good way to get the ball rolling is trying this fairly simple and tummy settling shake!
Toss all that is listed below in your blender and blend away!
- 1 Banana
- 1 cup Milk of choice (I used coconut but whatever you have around will do just fine!)
- Opt. ¼ tsp. Cinnamon
Of course you can add in whatever else you can stomach. Throwing in extra fruits and veggies is always a good idea! Afterall, our babies thrive off of what we eat and as mamas we need to keep our waning energy up!
The Aches & Pains
As your pregnancy progresses and your little one continues to grow nice and strong, you may experience some uncomfortable shifts in your body. It’s quite normal for your shoulders and neck to tense up first from the stress of morning sickness. Soon followed by a funky back from carrying so much extra weight, and achy hips from a shifty little head wiggling it’s way toward the birth canal (yikes!). Relief is possible… and here are some easy and cheap ways to find some comfort at home.
An awesome and affordable method to some pain relief is a nice hot bath paired with an herbal Epsom salt soak. Epsom salt is also known as Magnesium Sulfate that breaks down when placed in water. This allows the magnesium to soak into the skin and relax the muscles. Adding calming herbs such as chamomile or lavender to your bath can further your experience! Some people worry about overheating in the bath during pregnancy, but research shows that as long as your internal temperature remains below 101 degrees fahrenheit your baby and you will remain safe. (You can keep a thermometer handy to keep your mama nerves calm!) So bathe on mama!Bobcat Balm
Another approach to muscle pain is the amazing Bobcat Balm! This herbal saint is made up of herbs that soothe your nerves and muscles. Arnica, St. John’s Wort, Cayenne, and more all work together to bring circulation to where you are experiencing pain. By applying this to your neck, shoulders, and back you can not only apply healing balm to these areas but perhaps indulge in giving yourself some much needed attention. Rubbing your neck and shoulders is always a fantastic way to relieve your baby-making body!
No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn! (or until your baby is all grown up!)
During your pregnancy you may experience that at first all you can do is sleep and closer to the end all you wish you could do is sleep! As your belly increases in size and your blood volume increases it is easy to become very restless. Not to mention, waking up every hour to run to the bathroom makes for some highly interrupted sleep! At times it can feel hopeless but not to fear! There are a couple of things you can do to ease the burden of restless nights and throbbing legs.
Legs Up The Wall Pose
One of the only things that used to get me to sleep toward the end of my pregnancy was laying on my back with a pillow beneath my hips and resting my legs inverted against the wall. This is known as Legs up the wall pose or a variation of Viparita Karani. It is a Yoga pose known for relaxing the nervous system while reversing the blood flow of the body. This was amazing at relieving my restless mind and body at night.
Another life saver in the sleep department is a Magnesium supplement. As with most all vitamins and minerals, while pregnant you should consult with your doctor before taking it. Some companies make a delicious magnesium powder that you can add to water turning it into a divine tonic! This saved my life during pregnancy. Not only does the magnesium help to calm your body but it also has the ability to aid in constipation (which can certainly become a consistent event during pregnancy).
Throughout your pregnancy you may experience both the highs and lows. Just know that you are a warrior and your pregnancy is perfect no matter how it goes. Don’t forget that you can breathe and be grateful! It can be so easy to get caught in the concept of “escaping” or changing your experience. While it is hard, and sometimes we just need a break (and that’s okay!) sometimes the most growth and settle comes from simply breathing and loving yourself and that little lovely manifesting inside of you. So remember ma’s, take a breath, tell yourself and your little belly beast “I love you” and soak in the beauty that is child-bearing!
For additional support you can give our Mommy To-Be tea a try! It’s herbal blend helps to balance and strengthen your baby making body and ease those mama nerves.
Wishing you a magical journey!
About the Author
Katey was born and raised in the foothills around Mount Hood Oregon. She's a busy mama raising her new daughter, a yogi, an herbalist, and master tea blender. Katey has spent the last few years studying pre-med in preparation to become a naturopath, though she will be focusing on the joys of motherhood for now. She's passionate about sharing the powers of natural health and well being. She's awesome, and so are you!