04 Aug 6 Common Pregnancy Complaints
As a busy Melbourne Naturopath, these are the top questions I often get asked by my pregnant clients. As every pregnancy is different, the answer to these questions may help you on your pregnancy journey.
I am suffering from morning sickness
Up to 70% to 80% of women experience mild to moderate nausea, and 50% vomiting. Symptoms can occur at any time of day and generally involve changes in appetite and aversions to food. For many women, these symptoms resolve after the first trimester.
✅ Eat foods higher in vitamin B6, such as animal protein, eggs, nuts, potatoes and bananas.
✅ Consume protein with each meal and snack to help maintain stable blood glucose levels.
✅ Avoid getting too hungry, as this tends to increase nausea.
✅ Maintain fluid intake – smoothies and juices may be easier to consume.
✅ Increase rest and avoid excessive fatigue.
I have really bad reflux
✅ Avoid eating and drinking large volumes, and aim to consume smaller meal sizes with increased frequency.
✅ Aim to minimise or avoid chocolate, coffee, citrus and tomato juices, as well as carbonated beverages, as these tend to contribute to symptoms of reflux.
✅ Ensure that you sit up after main meals, and avoid lying down for at least an hour after meals.
I constantly feel fatigued
✅ Make sure that you are getting 7 to 8 hours sleep each night. Maintain a sleep routine that supports your energy requirements.
✅ Allow for adequate rest time after busier periods.
✅ Maintain an optimal diet – sufficient nutrition is required for adequate energy production.
✅ Magnesium, B vitamins and iron levels can impact your energy – speak to your Practitioner about how to monitor your iron status, magnesium and B vitamin intake.
✅ Manage any emotional stress that is draining your energy – gentle exercise, meditation, and massage can all be beneficial. Ask for extra support if you feel you need it.
My muscles are achy and I am experiencing cramps
✅ Consuming a diet rich in leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, parsnips and molasses can help increase magnesium intake.
✅ Supplementation of a highly absorbable form of magnesium, this will help to provide relief of muscle related symptoms.
I keep getting colds and flus
✅ Make sure that you are eating a diverse wholefood diet. Nutritional deficiencies or insufficiencies such as Vitamin C or Zinc may reduce your immune defences and increase your susceptibility to infection.
✅ Ensure you are getting sufficient rest – a lack of sleep can deplete your immune system.
✅ Reduce the risk of exposure by staying away from people who are unwell.
✅ Speak to your Practitioner, as certain probiotics have been shown to help enhance the immune system.
My bowel habits have changed and I am experiencing constipation
✅ It is important to increase fibre (ie: plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit) and water intake to help with bowel regularity.
✅ Consider taking the probiotic strain Lactobacillus plantarum 299v and the prebiotic partially hydrolysed guar gum, to assist bowel movements, while the mineral magnesium may also help exert a natural laxative effect.
Tips for Healthy Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding helps give your babies the best start in life, providing key nutrients for health, development and protection against disease.
✅ Try to use the first few days after birth to get your position and attachment in a way that is comfortable for you and baby. This can help prevent problems down the track.
Online learning – Baby Weaning & Nutrition Class
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The weaning stage of your infant’s development is widely accepted as one of the most important times of their life. This class will guide you to lay optimal foundations for your baby’s growth, health and ongoing development to give your infant the best possible start in life – the greatest gift a parent can give a child. I will guide you through this exciting page to provide the perfect foundation so your baby will thrive.
You will learn:
- ✅ Understand the cause if common childhood conditions (eczema, poor immunity, food allergies, food intolerances, poor focus & concentration, ADHD, behavioural problems).
- ✅ Supporting immune function
- ✅ Support optimal brain function.
- ✅ Healthy Eating Plan – including portion size for each age-group.
- ✅ Natural medicine recommendations.
- ✅ I’ve also included cheatsheets, checklists, nourishing recipes and 45 page book of class notes.
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