Natural Remedies to Feel Good While Expecting
I’m now in my third trimester of my pregnancy, and let me tell you the twins are really starting to take up major space! I feel them kicking and moving around and it’s so much fun. I also think one has his foot jammed up in to my rib cage which is quite uncomfortable also. I really have to find a way at this point in my pregnancy to feel as good as I possibly can. I’ve always been an advocate of natural remedies; and of course while pregnant, it’s crucial to play it safe and only use things that are healthy for mommy and baby (or babies in my case). Below is a list of my favorite natural remedies that have helped me feel better in these last few months and throughout my entire pregnancy.
Warm baths–I am a huge fan of a nice warm bath at the end of the day. I add a little epsom salt and keep the water warm but not too hot. I love to put my three year old to bed and then draw my bath. I sink in to the nice warm tub and it feels so good for my body and also my brain. I close my eyes and get a little me time and meditation in. The epsom salts relax my muscles and the water is like therapy for me and the little guys inside. I think being immersed in water is one of the best things we can do for ourselves.
Belly oil–I not only love the ritual of rubbing my belly; but I also couldn’t live without belly oil to help alleviate all of the itchiness and discomfort I feel as my bump stretches and grows. Luckily I haven’t had any stretch marks in my first pregnancy and this time around I don’t see any yet, I think the oil really helps to soften the skin and help prevent or minimize stretch marks. The smell of the oil is really nice. I’m a fan of Mother’s Special Blend all natural oil which is made of only almond oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and vitamin E. Mother’s Special Blend has no perfume or artificial ingredients. After my bath I rub it all over my bump and also down my legs and on my arms if they feel dry. I try to use it in the morning as well before I get dressed, just be careful to let it soak in fully before putting on clothes.
Prenatal Yoga–I couldn’t live without my yoga practice. I did yoga all the way up until Timothy was born and I really think it helped make my labor and delivery so much easier. With my twin pregnancy, I have to take it a bit easier; but I’m still able to do a lot of stretching and standing balance poses. The breathing and meditation have helped tremendously. I love pigeon pose with a blanket propped under my hips so it supports my belly. I also love reclined goddess on a propped up bolster. Tree pose is fun to practice as my center of gravity shifts; and lunges and warrior poses are great for keeping my legs and core strong. Even on the days I feel so out of shape or tired, if I do a few yoga poses, I immediately feel better.
A good cup of tea–there’s nothing else like putting my feet up and sipping a good cup of tea. Traditional Medicinals has been a true lifesaver for me especially with this pregnancy. In my first trimester, my hormones were SO high I was extremely nauseous all of the time. I lived on Traditional Medicinals Ginger Tea (and lots of carbs!). Ginger is great for nausea and the warm liquid soothed my belly and nerves. Throughout my pregnancy I’ve been drinking Traditional Medicinals Pregnancy Tea. The herbalists at Traditional Medicinals created this blend with supportive herbs to help tone the uterus and prepare the womb for childbirth. The tea features a combination of raspberry leaf, nettle leaf, and other herbs and has a mildly sweet and spearmint taste. Every time I need to put my feet up, I make a cup of this tea and let my entire body and mind relax. I love knowing that I’m doing something good for myself and the babies. Traditional Medicinals was founded over forty years ago and they are committed to using high quality, pure herbs, all NON-GMO and the herbalists are passionate about passing on centuries-old wisdom of using plants for wellness. Because each woman’s pregnancy is different, pregnant women should talk to their healthcare provider about the use of herbal products during pregnancy.
If you’re expecting or have had experience with pregnancies, I would love to hear some of your top natural remedies for feeling better!
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Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!