One of the best times to start incorporating naturopathic habits into your life is while planning a pregnancy or during pregnancy. Naturopathic medicine can offer effective and safe solutions to a wide array of pregnancy related concerns and symptoms.
It is always best to ask your Naturopathic Doctor how to address any specific concerns or symptoms you are experiencing. We have accumulated for you a short list of suggestions to naturally treat the common and less serious symptoms pregnant women often do experience:
Morning sickness is often a response to the change in hormone levels. It is usually experienced as nausea and vomiting and is most common during the early stages of pregnancy. For some women, nausea will continue way into their second and third trimesters, although usually to a lesser degree. Having healthy snacks on hand and eating small, frequent meals can go a long way at reducing nausea and vomiting. A handful of nuts, a piece of fruit, or sliced veggies are perfect snack examples. Ask your ND about other options such as herbal remedies that can be very effective for morning sickness.
Dehydration is a common cause of fatigue and pregnant women should be very conscious of their fluid intake. Pregnant women should aim for the consumption of 1-2 liters of water daily. Also, make sure you are getting plenty of rest and all the nutrients you need to help grow your baby!
Nutritional demands will increase during pregnancy and pregnant women should ensure that they are getting enough of the essential nutrients. Eating a healthy and balanced diet will go a long way at reducing fatigue. Ask your ND about specific nutrients that are in higher demand during pregnancy to help with the development and growth of your baby. This will also help with your energy levels and help prevent post pregnancy concerns.
Maintaining a healthy level of activity during pregnancy and moderate exercise stimulates circulation, improves muscle tone, helps raise overall mood and helps prepare the body for the workout of giving birth!
Finally, we want to offer our congratulations on your pregnancy! As your body and hormones start to undergo a change, we are here to offer you support and guidance through the next several months. Contact us today to book an appointment to begin your healing journey with Yaletown Naturopathic Clinic 604-235-8068