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Morning Sickness

It is very important that pregnant mothers follow these guidelines for the health of their baby.

1. You must take Pre-natal vitamins every day.

2. Do NOT take medications unless told to do so by a doctor - make SURE your doctor KNOWS you are pregnant!

Some medications can harm your baby. Even too much Tylenol is bad. Often a headache will disappear when your stomach is settled.

The following suggestions are intended to ease the symptoms of morning sickness. If one of these is not working then just skip it and try something else.

Stage One

You need to take care of yourself so you can take care of the baby. Stay in bed until you have eaten some saltine crackers and drank some tea or Gatorade or Jello liquid or Ginger Ale soda pop.

Stage Two

When you feel able to get up from bed you can try these other suggestions:

Herbal remedies in pill or tea form - Red Raspberry pill, Catnip, Peppermint tea

Stage Three

Only when you are sure you can keep food down without becoming sick, you can try small amounts of Chicken slices, rice, bananas.

If none of these suggestions are working -you need to schedule a visit with your doctor.
Bleeding gums are common during pregnancy. Extra Vitamin C is needed if this symptom occurs beside the regular prenatal vitamin.

Leg cramps are often a result of nutritional deficiencies and/or electrolyte imbalances. Calcium, magnesium and potassium are the needed minerals. Almonds, apples, bananas, grapefruit, cottage cheese, oranges, salmon, sardines, sesame seeds, and yogurt are good foods to eat at this time for these symptoms.

Walk every day to promote good circulation. Fruit provides electrolytes. If the prenatal vitamin that you are taking does not stop your leg cramps, visit your doctor and consider trying a different prenatal formula that is high in minerals.

Morning sickness is generally caused by a B-6 deficiency. All B vitamins work together, so it does not work to simply take B-6. Added to the prenatal vitamins, an additional B-6 tablet can balance the deficiency. Other causes of morning sickness are disease, so regular doctor visits are important.
Ginger taken in capsule, or tea form, or even candied ginger is very helpful. Other beneficial herbs are catnip, dandelion and peppermint. Peppermint candy, or peppermint in tea form is another very good choice.

Make sure that the candy has the oil of peppermint in it as the flavor source.
Red raspberry helps the uterus contract more effectively and enrich the mother's milk. Drink no more than 1 cup of tea per day until the last 4 weeks of pregnancy and then drink 1 quart daily.
Avoid the following herbs during pregnancy: angelica, barberry, black cohosh, bloodroot, cat's claw, celandine, cottonwood bark, dong quai, feverfew, goldenseal, lobelia, Oregon grape, pennyroyal, rue, and tansy.

Avoid: Tylenol, Datril and similar medications and antacids; Alka-Seltzer, Di-Gel, Maalox, Pepto-Bismol, Rolaids, Tums, also avoid cold and cough remedies, decongestants, and estrogens; all of which can stunt fetal development.

No junk food! Eat a well balanced nutritional diet high in complete proteins, and be sure to get moderate exercise, fresh air, stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.

You are God’s hands. Read something from the Bible and spend time talking to God and everything is going to be ok!