Saturday, 24 December 2011

Alternative Remedies for Pregnancy Relief

Most moms to be know that when it comes to pregnancy relief from symptoms, it is not as easy as simply going to the drugstore, and taking some pills. Many medications are unsafe for expectant mothers, but what do you do if you need pregnancy relief?

The answer, for many moms to be, is to look for alternative remedies for pregnancy relief. In this article, we look at what some of those alternatives are, and what you need to know.

Herbal Remedies

A great choice, for many women seeking pregnancy relief, is to turn to herbal remedies. Many herbal remedies, such as valerian root (which is used as a sleep aid and mild sedative) are considered safe for use during pregnancy. However, while many herbal remedies are considered safe, there are also those that are not. Make sure that you consult an herbalist before trying any herbal preparation during pregnancy!


Many expectant mothers find that relaxation techniques, like meditation, help to relieve stress and anxiety, and as a result, help to lessen the symptoms associated with pregnancy. Just taking quiet time, to relax and do nothing, is sometimes all you need to recharge your batteries – especially when you are pregnant!


Acupuncture, an ancient form of Chinese medicine that uses needles placed on specific meridians in the body, is generally considered safe for pregnant women, when practiced by a trained acupuncturist. This type of treatment can be used to treat pain and many of the other problems that women seek pregnancy relief for, but it can also be dangerous if done incorrectly. Only ever, have acupuncture done during pregnancy by a trained professional!


Massage during pregnancy can bring all sorts of pregnancy relief, from treating backache to helping with relaxation. Done correctly, it can also help to relieve headaches, fatigue, swelling, constipation and stretch marks, as well as other symptoms associated with pregnancy. Massage is one of the safest alternative treatments for pregnancy relief to try at home, provided you know the correct massage techniques.


Hydrotherapy, using either warm or cold water or compresses, has been used successfully to treat a variety of pregnancy related aches and pains, and to provide general pregnancy relief. It is often used in conjunction with massage, and it is usually easy and safe to try at home.

No matter which of these alternative treatments for pregnancy relief you choose, they are generally safe, and beneficial, when done correctly. They are also all relaxing and soothing additions to your pregnancy routine, and can be used even if you are not suffering from a particular complaint.

Always remember, however, that when you are pregnant, any illness or ailment you might have should be referred to your doctor, as treatment is often more complex and difficult than it would be otherwise. Your doctor should be able to advise you whether you need conventional medical treatment, or whether one of the alternatives listed here will suffice.



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