Congratulations, you’re pregnant! While pregnancy is a time of great joy and excitement during a woman’s life, it can also be a very difficult time for mom. Conventional medicine often provides little relief for many common and bothersome symptoms like nausea, vomiting and fatigue, and chalks it up to “normal pregnancy.” Unfortunately, this leaves mom feeling that she has no other option but to suffer through this time in her life. However, many symptoms of pregnancy can be alleviated with natural treatments that are safe and effective.
Nausea & Vomiting
Many pregnant women experience brief bouts of nausea and vomiting. For some, they are mild, short-lived and not very problematic. For other women, all-day “morning sickness” throughout pregnancy can be quite severe and disruptive. While some pharmaceutical medications can decrease symptoms, they also carry potential adverse effects for baby. Acupuncture and acupressure, including over-the-counter wrist bands, homeopathic medications and nutritional supplementation can ease the nausea significantly and safely.
Fatigue is another very common symptom during pregnancy and can be quite debilitating during the first trimester. For some women, just getting out of bed feels like a monumental task. While the fatigue improves dramatically during the second trimester, trying to maintain work duties and home responsibilities can feel impossible when all you want to do is sleep! Homeopathic medications, nutritional supplementation and blood sugar optimization can be significantly helpful during this time.
Digestive issues ranging from acid reflux waking you up suddenly in the middle of the night to uncontrollable belching or passing gas during work meetings can be quite bothersome (and embarrassing) during pregnancy. Fortunately, Naturopathic medicine can provide much relief with these symptoms. As Naturopathic physicians, we help give you the tools you need to amplify your nutrition to best meet baby’s and your needs. Sometimes, these symptoms can be relieved with diet alone. Other times, nutritional supplementation, acupuncture, and homeopathic medications can be used to improve these symptoms.
During times of change and new beginnings, old emotional traumas can often resurface. For example, a woman may be ecstatic to be pregnant again, but now she suddenly finds herself grieving a past miscarriage or loss of a loved one. Instead of shedding tears of joy, she is crying tears of sadness. Unhealed emotions stemming from past abuse can often resurface during pregnancy and re-open wounds that were thought to be healed. Homeopathic medicines and mind-body techniques are excellent tools to help process these unresolved emotions to allow mom to enjoy this beautiful time in her life!
Natural Treatment Options for Common Pregnancy Concerns
Our Naturopathic physicians are well versed in using safe, effective natural treatments and will work with mom to create an individualized treatment plan that may include:
- Nutritional Counseling and Supplementation
- Botanical Medicine
If you or a loved one is experiencing uncomfortable symptoms during pregnancy, contact the office at 480-361-5188 to learn more.