Pregnancy is a time of happiness and many, many changes to your body. With these changes may come discomfort. We know that this does not have to be a time of displeasure, so we’ve included some herbs that have been known to mitigate symptoms common in pregnancy. From nausea to sleep deprivation, you may find that these help.
Ginger Root to combat morning sickness. Tea and capsules are commonly recommended in books and other sources, but drinking warm or even cold tea when you are already sick to your stomach is no fun, and may even make you feel worse. The same is true with capsules sitting in your stomach and the water or juice you need to take to chase them. Other options you may consider are slivers of ginger placed directly in your mouth, ginger candies, or ginger ale.
Cranberry to prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). Cranberry can be used in the form of cranberry juice (opt for a less sugary type from the natural foods store or fresh juice made at home in a juicer using ½ cup of fresh frozen cranberries and 2 apples) or cranberry capsules dosed as recommended on the product of your choice.
Chamomile to help with sleep and relaxation. Pregnancy is often a time of disturbed sleep whether from vivid dreams, new concerns over becoming a mother, or the discomfort of your growing belly making it hard to find just the right position. Chamomile can be taken throughout the day for stress relief and/or before bedtime for relaxation and better sleep.
Red Raspberry Leaf to tone the uterus in preparation for childbirth. Some studies show that Red Raspberry can also help to expedite labor and reduce complications and interventions associated with birth. This herb is best used during the second trimester.
Evening Primrose Oil to soften the cervix. Evening Primrose can be ingested orally, inserted vaginally or used during perineal massage. As the cervix ripens contractions are triggered which may lead to labor. Additionally the softening of the cervix may help make labor quicker and easier. It is recommended to start using Primrose in the last trimester of your pregnancy.