Leg CrampsCramps in your muscles are common during pregnancy. They may be caused by the weight you are carrying, circulation changes, or calcium deficiency.
Regular exercise. Adequate calcium intake. When the cramp begins, bring your toes towards you, and massage the muscle. Dissolve four tablets of Magnesia Phosphorica 6X in a small glass of warm water.
Constipation and HemorrhoidsAgain it’s the hormones that cause changes that affect the digestive system. However, in some women, iron tablets can also lead to constipation as well as a lack of fiber in your diet. Hemorrhoids are varicose veins of the rectum which are associated with pregnancy. Preventing constipation is a good start to preventing hemorrhoids.
Suggestions for Constipation
Regular exercise, especially squatting. Plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Drink plenty of fluids. Nux Vomica 6X three times daily. When you have to go. GO! Do not delay the urge to defecate. Avoid straining your bowels (This will also help prevent hemorrhoids.)
Suggestions for Hemorrhoids:
- Avoid straining.
- Apply baking soda wet or dry to take away the itch, even add some to your bath water.
- Witch hazel or lemon juice to reduce swelling or bleeding.
- Herbal sitz baths.
BackachesBackaches can be particularly annoying. They can be caused by several reasons: poor posture, inappropriate lifting techniques, lack of exercise, or the weight of the baby and the stretching ligaments.
Utilize good posture. Use proper lifting techniques. Sleep with pillows supporting your legs and back. Wear flat heeled shoes that offer good support. Heat (bath, shower, pad, sock). Swimming, but don’t move in a jerky fashion. Stretch daily. Herbal Liniments may help.
Coughs and ColdsAmong other things, pregnancy can cause your mucous membranes to swell. This can make it more difficult to get rid of coughs, colds, etc. Prevention is key here. Eat well, and get plenty of rest and exercise. Also avoid people who are contagious if possible.
Well balanced diet. Increase Vitamin C foods. Eating garlic or onions can help with infections. Zinc and Vitamin C supplements will help increase your resistance B vitamins help if you are under stress. Use Aconite 6X every two hours for 24 hours at the first sign of a cold. Allium Cepa 6C three times daily for a streaming head cold. Eucalyptus, lavender, lemon and tea tree: 2 drops of each oil into a bowl of water, inhale steam for 10 minutes. Do not use in conjunction with homeopathic remedies.
Herbal Decoction for colds:
- 4 Cloves.
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds.
- A few slices of fresh ginger.
- 1 pints of water.
- A slice of lemon.