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5 Pregnancy Symptoms and 7 Natural Remedies

How to Feel Better Through All your Pregnancy Symptoms

Your body is changing so much during pregnancy. Between hormones and growing a new human and stretching all your skin, and baby using so many of your nutrients, you’re bound to feel a little off-kilter at some point. We asked a few of our preggo friends about their most difficult pregnancy symptoms, and compiled the top 5 below so you know you’re not alone. But we’re also including some natural remedies for each, because we want you to feel better, not just brace for the worst.

Nausea / Morning Sickness

This pregnancy symptoms can be absolutely miserable! Statistics say that more than 50% of pregnant women deal with nausea and morning sickness at some point or another during their pregnancy. Most of the time it’s during the first trimester, but it can show up later as well. So how can we counter these pregnancy symptoms in a way that alleviates the misery but also keeps baby safe? Here are a few tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way:


If this is one of the pregnancy symptoms you’re dealing with, you’re not alone! More than 50% of pregnant women deal with constipation. Because of hormone shifts during pregnancy, any food you eat passes through your intestines more slowly. Add to that pressure on your rectum from your growing uterus, and iron supplements, things can move from slow to sluggish in a hurry.

Body Aches & Sciatica

Your body shifts so much while you’re pregnant! You’re carrying extra weight, and your spine is trying to figure out how to manage everything. Pain isn’t normal in pregnancy, so if you’re feeling it, it usually means something is out of alignment. See a chiropractor! A good chiropractor can help bring your body back into proper balance. We recommend these local chiropractors:


Heartburn can be a tell-tale sign that your hormones are out of sync. When you’re pregnant, your body produces more progesterone. And that added progesterone causes the valve between your stomach and your esophagus to relax. The result? A little stomach acid passes through and irritates the lining of your esophagus. It’s pretty common in pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. Here are some natural ways to avoid it:

Eat small, frequent meals

Don’t lie down right after eating.

Avoid greasy, fatty foods

Drink a glass of milk (warm it up and add a touch of honey for even better results)


Your body goes through so many changes when you’re pregnant. And so many women deal with hemorrhoids, especially in the third trimester. What a pain the butt, quite literally! How does it happen? The veins in your bottom can swell up and suddenly you have hemorrhoids. Quite simply, they’re varicose veins in your anus.

Here’s why: Your blood volume can increase a lot — like 50% a lot. So with more blood, your veins get bigger to compensate. Add to that that the blood flow below your waist slows down because your expanding uterus blocks things a bit. So as things slow down, so do your bowels. And if they stay slowed down, there’s a good chance you’ll get some hemorrhoids, too.

As joyful as pregnancy is, there are some symptoms that can make you a little uncomfortable. You don't always have to reach for pills — here are some natural remedies that could relieve any discomfort

1. Rocking Backwards and Forwards on the Toilet

Making this a regular toilet habit will help to empty the bladder. Frequent urination and increased trips to the toilet occur in early and late pregnancy. In late pregnancy, as baby grows, the womb will also put extra pressure on the bladder. Try cutting out drinks in the late evening to reduce trips to the bathroom.

2. Chewing Ginger

Nausea is common in pregnancy and ginger has been considered a natural remedy for hundreds of years. Relieve sickness symptoms by making ginger tea from a slice of the fresh root steeped in hot water, which you can sip throughout the day. Ginger supplements are also available, but you should always consult your doctor before taking any herbal supplement during pregnancy.

3. Walking It Off

Your sense of taste may change in pregnancy, leading you to crave sour foods. Many women have somewhat odd food cravings when baby is on board, from ice cream to extremely spicy food. But pregnancy cravings are not always the healthiest options. Ensure you have a balanced diet so that your body doesn't hanker for certain foods. Rather than give in to consuming empty calories, go for a short walk to keep your mind off food.

4. Wearing Loose Clothing

Abdominal bloating is a common symptom in pregnancy, as the stomach empties more slowly during this period. Avoiding tight clothes and eating small frequent meals should alleviate any discomfort. If you're prone to bloating, try and restrict the consumption of foods that can create gas — like cabbage and beans.

5. Avoid Prolonged Standing

Fainting is quite common in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy as the blood pressure lowers and the blood vessels relax. Avoid standing for a long period of time. Getting up slowly from sitting or lying down will also help you to avoid any giddy spells.

6. Mint

This is another herb that can help you get back on your feet when you’re feeling nauseated. Smell it, chew it, make some tea with it. Just about any way you take it, it will give you a boost. Learn how mint can be used for nausea in labor too!

7. Vitamin B6

WebMD says that a typical dose for morning sickness is anywhere from 10mg to 25mg, 3 times a day. How does it work? Doctors don’t really know, except that it helps our bodies process certain amino acids better, which help reduce nausea. Before you start taking any supplements, always check with your doctor or midwife.

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