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Pregnancy-Related Problems

LifeSource Vitamins

Pregnancy is a joyful time, but it's rarely a comfortable one. There are probably as many different combinations of pregnancy-related problems as there are pregnant women. Nevertheless, most uncomfortable conditions are caused by one of three factors: hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies, whether preexisting or brought on by the additional needs of the baby; and the pressure placed on bones and internal organs by the weight of the growing child.

If you're pregnant, it's essential to have regular check-ups. Your doctor should monitor your health, as well as your baby's, and should remain vigilant for any signs of trouble. Good conventional care has saved the lives of many women and their developing babies, and serious problems can often be successfully treated when caught early enough. But as valuable as conventional medicine can be for pregnant women, it rarely offers ways to handle daily discomfort. During this time, a woman may come to fully appreciate the gentle power of natural therapies. Although some highly potent herbs and other treatments are too strong for the baby, there are still many complementary strategies that will minimize the less-serious problems that accompany pregnancy. Each of the following recommendations is safe to use during pregnancy, but always alert your doctor or midwife to what you are using as nutritional supplements.

ANEMIA

During pregnancy, your body needs more iron than usual. A deficiency can result in anemia, a disorder in which the body's cells don't receive enough oxygen. As a result, you feel tired and drained, and you may be more vulnerable to illness.


TREATMENT

Diet

Recommended Food

To overcome pregnancy-induced anemia, consume foods that are high in iron. Organic calf's liver is far and away the best source, but if you're a vegetarian or just can't hold organ meats down right now, you do have some other options. Molasses, green leafy vegetables (with the exception of spinach), leeks, cashews, cherries, strawberries, dried fruits, figs, and eggs are all rich in iron.

Foods to Avoid

Spinach, rhubarb, tomatoes, and chocolate are high in oxalic acid, a substance that blocks the absorption of iron.

If you're pregnant, you've already been advised to stay away from caffeine, which can harm the baby. Caffeine also inhibits iron absorption, as do carbonated sodas and dairy products.

Do not take iron pills with meals that are high in fiber. The fiber will sweep the iron out of your system before you've had a chance to digest it.


** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; level of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when taking any and all supplements.

Prenancy Related Problems / Anemia

Prescription for Natural Cures by: James F. Balch, M.D. & Mark Stengler, N.D.

As always, consult your Doctor for Pregnancy related issues and supplements.

Super Prescription #1 Iron - LifeSource ProductsIf you have been diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia by your doctor, take 50 to 200 mg (or the amount recommended by your doctor, depending on the severity) of an easily absorbed form of iron, such as iron citrate, gluconate, glycinate, or fumarate, one to two times daily. Also, iron chelate is generally well absorbed. Avoid the use of iron sulfate (ferrous sulfate), which is poorly absorbed and can cause digestive upset.

Super Prescription #2 Prenatal Multivitamin w/ DHA - LifeSource ProductTake as directed on the container. We pride ourselves in a truly complete multivitamin for expecting Mother's. Nothing is more important than giving your baby the proper nutrients during pregnancy, it sets the building blocks for health and balance for the rest of the baby's life! Added DHA is a very big key.

Super Prescription #3 Ferrum Phosphoricum

Take 5 pellets of the 3x or 6x potency three times daily. This homeopathic remedy improves iron utilization in the cells.

Super Prescription #4 Yellow dock (Rumex crispis)

Take 1 (300 mg) capsule or 20 drops of the tincture with each meal. It contains iron and improves iron absorption.

Super Prescription #5 Nettles (Urtica diocia)

Take 2 ml of the tincture twice daily or 300 mg of the capsule form, or drink 1 cup of the tea twice daily (organic source). This herb is a source of iron and other blood-building minerals.

Super Prescription #6 Chlorella - LifeSource ProductTake as directed on the container for a host of iron-building nutrients, including chlorophyll.

Super Prescription #7 Vitamin C - LifeSource Products - See All of our Vitamin C Products.Take 500 mg with each dose of iron. It provides an acidic environment for enhanced iron absorption.

BACK PAIN

Most pregnant women experience some degree of back pain, thanks to the extra weight and the shifting center of gravity.


TREATMENT

Diet

Constipation, to which pregnant women are especially vulnerable, makes back pain worse.

When back pain strikes, try drinking a glass or two of water immediately. If the pain is caused by dehydration, water will help.

LifeSource's Super Prescriptions - Back Pain during Pregnancy!

Super Prescription #1 Calcium / Magnesium – LifeSource Products - See All of our Cal/Mag Products.Take a complex of these two minerals that contains 600 mg of calcium and 300 mg of magnesium. Take it twice daily. These minerals reduce muscle spasms.

Super Prescription #2: 7 Homeopathic remedies for Back Pain

Pick the remedy that best matches your symptoms. For acute back pain, take a 30 C potency four times daily. For chronic back pain, take it twice daily for two weeks to see if there are any positive results. After you notice improvement, stop taking the remedy, unless symptoms return. Consultation with a homeopathic practitioner is advised.

  • Aesculus Hippocastanum is for lower back or sacral pain that is worse when you are sitting. The pain often radiates into the right hip.
  • Arnica (Arnica Montana) is for an injury that leaves your back feeling bruised and sore and when you have difficulty moving around.
  • Bryonia (Bryonia alba) is for lower back pain and stiffness that feel worse with any movement and in cold, dry weather and that feel better when the area is rubbed.
  • Calcarea Carbonica is for chronic lower back pain and weakness in overweight individuals who also are chilly. Symptoms are worse in the cold and the dampness.
  • Cimicifuga Racemosa is for a stiff, aching neck and back. Muscles feel bruised but feel better with warmth. Also, it's used for menstrual cramps, with lower back pain radiating to the thighs.
  • Ignatia (Ignatia amara) is for back spasms and cramping, as the result of emotional stress.
  • Magnesia Phosphorica is for muscle spasms in the back that feel better from warmth.
  • Nux Vomica is for back spasms and cramping, especially in the lower back. The person may also have constipation and may feel chilly and irritable. Symptoms are worse from cold and better with warmth.
  • Rhus Toxicodendron is for a stiff lower back that is worse in the cold and the damp and better with movement. It is specific for sprained back muscles or ligaments.
  • Ruta Graveolens is for pain near the neck or in the lower back. The area of the injury feels lame, and the pain is worse at night. It's useful for back sprains and strains.


Other Recommendations

  • Prenatal yoga or stretching classes can be effective.
  • At night, support your back and belly with pillows.
  • When you're pregnant, the last thing you may think about is your posture. Make an extra effort to check that your back is straight, even when you're sitting down.
  • Use common sense: don't wear high heels, and don't lift heavy objects.

BLEEDING GUMS IN PREGNANCY

Increased estrogen production can make your gums soft, swollen, and prone to bleeding. Proper diet and supplements will reduce the severity of bleeding gums.


TREATMENT

Diet

Recommended Food

Good sources of calcium include sea vegetables, green leafy vegetables (with the exception of spinach), soybeans, and unsweetened cultured yogurt.

Enjoy citrus fruits and green vegetables for vitamin C.


Foods to Avoid

Spinach, rhubarb, tomatoes, and chocolate inhibit your body's ability to absorb calcium.

LifeSource's Super Prescriptions - Bleeding Gums

Super Prescription #1 Vitamin C - LifeSource Products - See All of our Vitamin C Products.Take 500 mg daily. Try a nonacidic vitamin C to prevent digestive upset.

Super Prescription #2 Homeopathic Ferrum Phosphoricum

Take 3 pellets of a 6x potency twice daily. This homeopathic remedy safely reduces bleeding and inflammation. Take until the bleeding stops, then discontinue.

Super Prescription #3 Bioflavonoid complex

Take 250 mg twice daily. Bioflavonoids reduce inflammation of the gums.

Super Prescription #4 Prenatal Multivitamin w/ DHA - LifeSource ProductTake as directed on the container. It supplies a variety of nutrients that are required for gum health.

Super Prescription #5 Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Put 15 drops of calendula tincture in 2 ounces of water. Swish it in your mouth, and spit it out. Calendula is healing to the mucosa of the gums.

Super Prescription # 6 Homeopathic Mercurius Solubilis

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 6C, 12C, or 30C) twice daily for swollen, bleeding gums that are accompanied by heavy salivation and bad breath. Stop using it when the bleeding stops.

Super Prescription #7 Myrrh cerifera

Put 15 drops of myrrh tincture in 2 ounces of water. Swish it in your mouth, and spit it out. Myrrh is healing to the mucosa of the gums.

CONSTIPATION

The hormonal changes of pregnancy, along with the positioning of the baby and fiber and fluid intake, make pregnant women more susceptible to constipation. Iron pills (ferrous sulfate) can also lead to constipation.


TREATMENT

Diet

Recommended Food

Eat plenty of fiber-fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and beans-to encourage regularity. Dried fruits-especially that old standby, prunes-are another good choice.

Drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours. You will keep food moving through your digestive system.

A hot beverage at breakfast will often wake up a sluggish digestive system. Try herbal tea or hot water with a little lemon juice.


Foods to Avoid

Do not eat fatty, greasy, or fried foods, which travel slowly through the intestines.

LifeSource's Super Prescriptions - Constipation

Super Prescription #1 Psyllium Husk - LifeSource ProductTake as directed on the container. Take it with 10 ounces of juice or flavored water. Psyllium acts as a bulk-forming laxative.
Super Prescription #2 Probiotics / Dophilus - LifeSource ProductTake a product containing at least 4 billion active organisms daily. Friendly bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus help with digestion and elimination.
Super Prescription #3 Chlorella - LifeSource ProductTake 1,500 mg of organic chlorella daily. This algae supplement provides a healthy source of fiber.
Super Prescription #4 Homeopathic Sepia

Take a 6x, 12x, 6C, 12C, or 30C potency twice daily for three days to see if there are any positive results. After you notice improvement, stop taking the remedy, unless symptoms return. Consultation with a homeopathic practitioner is advised. Sepia is indicated for pregnant women who feel irritable and chilly and have stools that are hard to pass. A heavy sensation in the rectum and the lower abdomen is present. There is a strong craving for chocolate.
Super Prescription #5 Homeopathic Nux Vomica

Take a 6x, 12x, 6C, 12C, or 30C potency twice daily for three days to see if there are any positive results. After you notice improvement, stop taking the remedy, unless symptoms return. Consultation with a homeopathic practitioner is advised. Nux Vomica is indicated when one has an urgent feeling but can't pass stools or stools are never completed. The person feels irritable and overstressed. Nux Vomica works well for people who work too hard, exercise too little, and eat and drink too much.
Super Prescription # 6 Homeopathic Natrum Muriaticum

Take a 6x, 12x, 6C, 12C, or 30C potency twice daily for three days to see if there are any positive results. After you notice improvement, stop taking the remedy, unless symptoms return. Consultation with a homeopathic practitioner is advised. This is a remedy for women with constipation who have strong cravings for salt and water. They may suffer from depression and are often sensitive to the sun or to light.
Super Prescription #7 Homeopathic Lycopodium (Lycopodium clavatum)

Take a 6x, 12x, 6C, 12C, or 30C potency twice daily for three days to see if there are any positive results. After you notice improvement, stop taking the remedy, unless symptoms return. Consultation with a homeopathic practitioner is advised. This remedy is for a woman who has constipation and problems with gas and bloating. She craves sweets, and her symptoms are worse in the late afternoon. Her digestive system feels better with warm drinks.



FLUID RETENTION (EDEMA)

Hormonal changes and increased fluids can cause your hands, legs, and feet to swell, especially in the later months of pregnancy. Although many women experience fluid retention, you should always have it checked out by a doctor, as it's sometimes a symptom of a serious disorder.

TREATMENT

Diet

Recommended Food

As you lower your intake of salt, you must also increase your consumption of potassium. A combination of excess sodium and a deficiency in potassium has been found in many people with hypertension. Good sources of potassium include apples, asparagus, cabbage, oranges, tomatoes, bananas, kelp, and alfalfa.

Foods to Avoid

Restrict your intake of salt. Obviously, you should avoid table salt, but you should also stay away from processed or junk food, both of which contain alarming amounts of sodium.

LifeSource's Super Prescriptions - Fluid Retention

Super Prescription #1 Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum officinale)

With your doctor's supervision, take 3 ml or 300 mg twice daily. Dandelion leaf is a gentle diuretic.

Super Prescription #2 Vitamin B Complex - LifeSource Products – See All of our Vitamin B Products.Vitamin B6 and other B-complex vitamins may help reduce edema. Take 50 mg twice daily.

Super Prescription #3 Homeopathic Natrum Muriaticum

Take 3 pellets of a 6x potency three times daily. It is particularly indicated if you have a strong desire for salt and the fluid retention is worse from being in the sun or from heat.

Super Prescription #4 Vitamin C - LifeSource Products - See All of our Vitamin C Products.Take 500 mg twice daily. Vitamin C improves the lymph flow.

Super Prescription #5 Vitamin B6

Take 50 mg daily under the guidance of a doctor. Vitamin B6 has been found to reduce water retention, most likely due to its function in helping liver metabolism.

Super Prescription # 6 Quercetin - LifeSource ProductTake 500 mg twice daily. Quercitin is a flavonoid that improves circulation.

Super Prescription #7 Garlic - LifeSource ProductTake 2,500 mg daily. Garlic has mild anti-edema properties.

Other Recommendations

  • Regular exercise will minimize swelling. A daily walk or swim is a good idea.
  • Swollen feet are uncomfortable, but tight shoes are even worse. For the duration of your pregnancy, you may want to wear shoes that are larger than your usual size.

GAS

Even women with normally hardy digestive systems may find themselves suffering from gas and flatulence when pregnant. This bothersome condition is usually due to the slower movement of food through your intestines. Sometimes women also find that they are upset by certain foods for the duration of the pregnancy.


TREATMENT

Diet

Recommended Food

Papaya sooths the intestinal tract and is high in enzymes that help you digest food properly.

Instead of taxing you digestive system with large meals, eat several small ones throughout the day.

If your digestion is not as efficient as usual, try incorporating more easily digestible foods into your diet, such as soups, broths, and steamed vegetables.

Foods to Avoid

If you suspect that a particular food is giving you gas, your body is trying to tell you something. Avoid that food until after you've delivered your child and finished nursing. Common offenders include beans, cow's milk, sugar, and spicy foods.

Keep a record of the food you eat during the day, and take note of when gas occurs. (Do not, however, try an elimination diet. It's too severe for you right now.) If you can isolate the food that irritates you, avoid it until the baby arrives and is weaned.

LifeSource's Super Prescriptions - Gas

Super Prescription #1 Ginger Root - LifeSource ProductsDrink a cup of ginger tea when you feel bloated or after meals. You can also use 300 mg of the capsule form or 2 ml of the tincture.

Super Prescription # 2 Chamomile Tea - LifeSource Product

Drink a cup of chamomile tea when you feel bloated or after meals. If you prefer to use an extract, take 500 mg twice a day, or use 2 ml of a tincture twice daily.

Super Prescription #3 Homeopathic Magnesia Phosphorica

Take 3 pellets of a 6x potency up to three times daily for gas and cramping.

Super Prescription #4 Homeopathic Carbo Vegetabilis

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C) as needed, for gas and bloating that are accompanied by belching.

Super Prescription #5 Homeopathic Pulsatilla (Pulsatilla pratensis)

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C) as needed, for gas and bloating that occur from eating rich or fatty foods.

Super Prescription # 6 Homeopathic Lycopodium (Lycopodium clavatum)

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C) as needed, for gas and bloating that occur in the evening. Warm drinks improve the symptoms as well.

Super Prescription #7 Homeopathic Nux Vomica

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C) as needed, for gas and bloating that occur from stress and spicy foods. Heartburn is also a common symptom treated by this remedy.

General Recommendations

  • Take a probiotics supplement that contains at least 4 billion organisms, thirty minutes after breakfast and dinner. These good bacteria reside in the digestive tract and aid digestion.

HEARTBURN

The position of the baby may cause stomach acid to back up into the esophagus, leaving you with a burning pain in your chest. You may also experience some regurgitation of acid into your throat and mouth.


TREATMENT

Diet

Recommended Food

Whenever you feel heartburn pain, drink a glass of clean water to flush the gastric acids back down into your stomach.

Eat papaya for its healing qualities, or drink its juice.

Eat small meals throughout the day, instead of three large ones. If your stomach isn't completely full, there's less of a chance that its contents will back up.

Foods to Avoid

Some foods are more challenging to digest than others are. If you stay away from fried and greasy foods, spicy foods, and heavy sauces, you may find that your problem resolves itself.

Avoid minty foods, such as peppermint, which can aggravate heartburn.

Allow a few hours between your last meal or snack and bedtime. You'll give your stomach a chance to process its contents before you lie down.

Food allergies are linked to heartburn. If a food causes you trouble, eliminate it from your diet. You may find that your symptoms improve significantly or even disappear.

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LifeSource's Super Prescriptions - Heartburn

Super Prescription #1 Licorice root (DGL)

Chew one 400 mg tablet (or take it in powder form) for the relief of heartburn. DGL is a special type of licorice extract that soothes and heals the stomach and the esophagus. It does not cause high blood pressure.

Super Prescription # 2 Homeopathic Nux Vomica

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C) as needed, for heartburn that occurs from stress and spicy foods.

Super Prescription #3 Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva)

Take 1 teaspoon, 300 mg of the capsule form, or 3 ml of tincture three times daily. This herb is used to soothe and reduce inflammation of the lining of the esophagus and the stomach.

Super Prescription #4 Marshmallow root (Althea officinalis)

Take 300 mg of the capsule or 3 ml of tincture three times daily. Marshmallow root soothes and reduces inflammation of the lining of the esophagus and the stomach.

Super Prescription #5 Enzymes – Super Enzymes - LifeSource ProductTake 1 to 2 capsules of a full-spectrum blend with each meal. Enzymes help you to digest foods more effectively so that they are less likely to cause irritation. Note: Some people may need to use a formula that contains no protease, as this protein digestive enzyme may irritate the stomachs of some individuals.

Super Prescription #6 Probiotics / Dophilus - LifeSource ProductTake a product containing at least 4 billion active organisms daily. It contains friendly bacteria, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus, that improve digestive function.

Super Prescription #7 Calcium / Magnesium – LifeSource Products - See All of our Cal/Mag Products.Liquid calcium is soothing to the stomach. Take a formula containing 600 mg of calcium and 300 mg of magnesium twice daily. Magnesium helps to relax tightened muscles of the esophagus and the stomach.

General Recommendations

  • A super green food supplement, such as chlorella or spirulina, or a mixture of super green foods in a drink, helps to neutralize acidity. Take as directed on the container.
  • Chamomile tea is soothing to the digestive tract. Drink 1 to 2 cups daily.
  • Structure your day so that you don't have to bend over, lie down, or perform any strenuous activity within a couple of hours after eating.

HEMORRHOIDS

During pregnancy, both constipation and pressure on the lower part of the body can produce hemorrhoids.

TREATMENT

Diet

Recommended Food

Fiber will soften your stool and make it easier to pass. Eat whole grains, fresh or dried fruits and vegetables, or beans with every meal.

Another way to soften stools is to drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours.


Foods to Avoid

Don't eat foods that are difficult for your body to process. Greasy, fried, and junk foods are all off-limits; so are any other items that are high in saturated fat.

Cow's milk is constipating for some pregnant women.

LifeSource's Super Prescriptions - Hemorrhoids

Super Prescription #1 Psyllium Husk - LifeSource ProductPsyllium is a good fiber supplement and has been shown to reduce the pain and the bleeding associated with hemorrhoids. Take as directed daily, mixed along with 10 ounces of juice or flavored water.
Super Prescription # 2 Flax Seed Oil - LifeSource ProductsTake as directed on bottle daily. Flaxseed oil improves regularity and reduces straining. It also contains essential fatty acids that promote tissue healing. Note: Reduce the dosage if diarrhea occurs.
Super Prescription #3 Bilberry (Vaccimium myrtillus) - LifeSource ProductTake a standardized extract containing 25 percent anthocyanosides at 160 mg twice daily. Bilberry improves circulation and strengthens capillary walls.
Super Prescription #4 Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Apply it as a gel or a cream to external hemorrhoids, or add 1 ounce to a sitz bath daily.
Super Prescription #5 Probiotics / Dophilus - LifeSource ProductThis contains friendly bacteria, such as lactobacillus and bifido bacterium, which improve digestion and constipation. Take a product that contains at least 4 billion active organisms daily.
Super Prescription # 6 Bioflavonoid complex

Take 1,000 mg two to three times daily. Various flavonoids, such as rutin and hesperidin, have been shown to be effective in treating hemorrhoids. They reduce swelling and prevent bleeding
Super Prescription #7 Phyto Greens - Super Greens - LifeSource Products - See All of our Phyto Green Products.Consume a greens drink that contains a blend of super green foods, such as chlorella, spirulina, and so on. It provides fiber. Take as directed on the container.

Other Recommendations

  • Keep moving. A daily walk will improve your circulation and keep you regular.

INSOMNIA

In the last trimester, it may be difficult to find a comfortable position to sleep in. Changing moods can also make it hard to get a good night's sleep.

TREATMENT

Diet

Recommended Food

Pregnant women are often deficient in B vitamins, which are healing to the nerves and necessary for good sleep. Incorporate whole grains, green leafy vegetables, and wheat germ into each meal.

Try to have at least one of the following at dinner: turkey, chicken, tuna, tofu, soy milk, and live unsweetened yogurt. Each of these foods stimulates serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps you get to sleep. They're also low in sugar.

For a bedtime snack, have some turkey or chicken on a whole-grain cracker.

Pregnant women are often low in calcium and magnesium, two nutrients that encourage restful sleep. Eat lots of leafy greens, sesame and sunflower seeds, oats, almonds, and walnuts.

Foods to Avoid

You should already be avoiding caffeinated beverages, a common cause of insomnia, but now you need to add refined-sugar products to your list of foods to eliminate. Chocolate, which contains both sugar and caffeine, should be at the top of that list.

LifeSource's Super Prescriptions - Insomnia

Super Prescription #1 Calcium / Magnesium – LifeSource Products - See All of our Cal/Mag Products.Take 600 mg of calcium and 300 mg of magnesium each evening. Both minerals help relax the nervous system. Some people have better results taking one of the minerals alone in the evening and the other earlier in the day. Experiment to see what works better for you.

Super Prescription # 2 Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)

This relaxes the nervous system. Drink a fresh cup of tea in the evening, or take 300 mg of the capsule form.

Super Prescription #3 Homeopathic Coffea Cruda

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C), as needed, for insomnia. This homeopathic remedy is very specific for people with insomnia caused from over-stimulation. You find yourself wide-awake at 3 a.m., with a racing mind.

Super Prescription #4 Homeopathic Ignatia (Ignatia amara)

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C), as needed, for insomnia. This is a remedy for insomnia caused by emotional upset-usually grief or a loss. There can be uncontrollable crying, loss of appetite, and mood swings. The person often sighs a lot during the day, and the muscles may twitch during sleep.

Super Prescription #5 Homeopathic Kali Phosphoricum

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C), as needed, for insomnia. It is helpful for insomnia that results from nervous exhaustion caused by overwork or mental strain.

Super Prescription # 6 Homeopathic Arsenicum Album

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C), as needed, for insomnia. This remedy is for pregnant women who have tremendous anxiety and restlessness. They often wake up between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m. They tend to be perfectionists and have many insecurities and fears.

Super Prescription #7 Sulphur

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C), as needed, for insomnia. This remedy is for insomnia that comes on from itching at night or from feeling too hot at night. One throws the covers off or sticks one's feet out. There is a strong craving for ice-cold drinks and spicy foods.

Other Recommendations

  • Use pillows under your back and belly or between your knees to get more comfortable at night.
  • If you simply can't sleep, lying in bed will only make you frustrated and angry. Instead, have some light reading or another easy activity on hand that you can enjoy during the night. (When the baby comes, you may look back on these idle hours as a gift.)

LEG AND FOOT CRAMPS

Poor circulation, due to hormonal changes and mineral deficiency (usually, calcium and/or magnesium), can cause painful cramps in the leg and the foot. As the baby grows and the pressure on the lower half of your body increases, the cramps may get worse.


TREATMENT

Diet

Recommended Food

Eat sea vegetables, green leafy vegetables (except spinach), soy products, and live unsweetened yogurt for calcium.

Foods to Avoid

Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and high-sugar products that deplete the body of minerals.

LifeSource's Super Prescriptions - Leg and Foot Cramps

Super Prescription #1 Calcium / Magnesium – LifeSource Products - See All of our Cal/Mag Products.Take a complex of these two minerals that contains 600 mg of calcium and 300 mg of magnesium, twice daily. These minerals reduce muscle spasms and cramps.

Super Prescription # 2 Homeopathic Magnesia Phosphorica

Take 3 pellets of a 6x potency three times daily. This homeopathic remedy is very helpful and safe in the treatment of cramps and spasms.

Super Prescription #3 Prenatal Multivitamin w/ DHA - LifeSource ProductTake as directed on the container. It provides a base of nutrients involved in relaxing the muscles.

Super Prescription #4 Phyto Greens - Super Greens - LifeSource Products - See All of our Phyto Green Products.Take a single super green food, such as chlorella or spirulina, or try a blended mixture. These foods provide minerals that prevent cramping and spasms.

Super Prescription #5 Vitamin B Complex - LifeSource Products – See All of our Vitamin B Products.Take a 50 mg B-complex to ensure proper nerve and muscle function.

Super Prescription #6 Omega 3 - LifeSource Products - See All of our Omega 3 – Fish Oil Products.Take as directed on bottle daily, for essential fatty acids that support proper blood flow.

Super Prescription #7 Omega 3, 6 & 9 - LifeSource Products - See All of our Omega 3 – Fish Oil Products.Take as directed on bottle. These are essential fatty acids that support proper blood flow.

Other Recommendations

  • Exercise daily to keep your blood moving. Walking and water aerobics are good, gentle choices.
  • A hot compress on the cramped area will relax the muscles.
  • Elevate your legs as often as possible, so that blood can flow back up to the heart.

MORNING SICKNESS

Many pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting in their first trimester, as a result of hormone changes. Morning sickness, the traditional term, is a misnomer, as the symptoms may occur at any time of the day or the night. If the nausea and the vomiting are continuous or severe, talk to your doctor; you need to be sure that you stay hydrated and that you and the baby are receiving adequate nutrition. While morning sickness during your first trimester is generally considered normal, nausea and vomiting after the twelfth or thirteenth week may be indicative of a serious problem.


TREATMENT

Diet

Your body is telling you what to eat and what not to eat, so it's probably best to follow its advice. Following are some additional dietary suggestions.

Recommended Food

B vitamins ward off queasiness, so start your day with whole-grain toast or crackers. Brown rice, oats, and wheat germ are other good options.

Although it's important to take in lots of nutrients during pregnancy, don't try to force yourself to eat large meals. Instead, plan on several small meals throughout the day.

Leafy greens are rich in vitamin K, which helps prevent nausea.

If you feel nauseated, try chewing a piece of fresh ginger or sucking on a slice of lemon or lime.

LifeSource's Super Prescriptions - Morning Sickness

Super Prescription #1 Ginger Root - LifeSource ProductsDrink a fresh cup of tea two to three times daily, or take 300 mg of the capsule form three times daily.

Super Prescription # 2 Vitamin B6

Take 25 mg three times daily. Double-blind studies have found this to be effective. Vitamin B6 injections or intravenous administration by your doctor may be even more effective.

Super Prescription #3 Homeopathic Ipecacuanha

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C), as needed, for relief of nausea and vomiting. A characteristic symptom for this remedy is constant nausea that is not relieved by vomiting.

Super Prescription #4 Homeopathic Nux Vomica

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C), as needed, for relief of nausea and vomiting. Women who require this remedy feel irritable. Along with the nauseous-ness and the vomiting may be constipation and heartburn.

Super Prescription #5 Homeopathic Colchicum

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C), as needed, for relief of nausea and vomiting. Women who benefit from this remedy feel nauseous from the smell or the sight of food, especially eggs and fish.

Super Prescription # 6 Homeopathic Tabacum

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C), as needed, for relief of nausea and vomiting. Women who benefit from this remedy have tremendous nausea and a sinking feeling in their stomachs. Any movement makes they nauseous.

Super Prescription #7 Vitamin K

Take 5 mg daily or receive injections or intravenous administration from your doctor. Vitamin K has been shown to relieve morning sickness.


Other Recommendations

  • Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) and red raspberry (Rubus idaeus) tea help some women with morning sickness. Drink the tea throughout the day.
  • Acupuncture and acupressure have been found to be effective for morning sickness. Commercial acupressure wristbands that relieve nausea are available.

PREECLAMPSIA

Preeclampsia, also referred to as toxemia, is a problem that occurs in some women during pregnancy. It can happen during the second half of pregnancy and involves the combination of high blood pressure, swelling, and large amounts of protein in their urine. Preeclampsia is more common in a woman's first pregnancy and in women whose mothers or sisters had preeclampsia. The risk of preeclampsia is higher in women carrying multiple babies, in teenage mothers, and in women older than age forty. Other women at risk include those who had high blood pressure or kidney disease before they became pregnant. The cause of preeclampsia isn't known, although nutritional deficiencies appear to be a major factor.


TREATMENT

Diet

Recommended Food

Plenty of water is important, as is adequate protein.

Essential fatty acids, as found in fish, nuts and seeds, and ground flaxseeds, are recommended.

Foods to Avoid

Avoid foods that are high in trans-fatty acids, as found in fried food (cooked vegetable oils), margarine, and some packaged foods.

LifeSource's Super Prescriptions - Preeclampsia

Super Prescription #1 Calcium / Magnesium – LifeSource Products - See All of our Cal/Mag Products.Take 500 mg three times daily. Several studies have found that calcium supplementation reduces the risk of developing preeclampsia, especially in women who are at high risk.
Super Prescription #2 Magnesium - LifeSource ProductTake 500 mg twice daily. Some studies have shown magnesium to reduce the risk of developing preeclampsia, plus it helps to lower blood pressure.
Super Prescription #3 Homeopathic Apis (Apis mellifica)

Take a 30C potency twice daily if you have swelling of the lower limbs or protein in your urine.
Super Prescription #4 Homeopathic Natrum Muriaticum

Take a 30C potency twice daily if you have swelling and water retention, as well as a strong craving for salt and an intolerance of warm rooms.
Super Prescription #5 Homeopathic Sepia

Take a 30C potency twice daily if you have preeclampsia, feelings of chilliness, and irritability. You have a strong craving for chocolate.
Super Prescription #6 Homeopathic Lachesis

Take a 30C potency twice daily if you have very high blood pressure, accompanied by great heat and flushing of the skin.
Super Prescription #7 Prenatal Multivitamin w/ DHA - LifeSource ProductA high-quality prenatal multivitamin is recommended to provide a base of nutrients that promote good health. Particularly important are vitamins B2 and B6.

General Recommendations

  • Vitamins E-complex and C may be helpful as antioxidants. Take 400 IU daily of vitamin E and 500 mg of vitamin C.

STRETCH MARKS

When your body expands to accommodate the baby, the fibers of the skin can tear, leaving thin red lines that eventually turn which or silver. There are a few ways to prevent stretch marks, but once you have them, they won't go away (although with time, they do fade significantly.)


TREATMENT

Diet

Recommended Food

Eat wheat germ and use cold-pressed oils in your salad dressings and cooking. The vitamin E in these products promotes skin elasticity.

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) also keep the skin healthy and pliant. Fish, flaxseeds, and flaxseed oil are all high in EFAs, as are the cold-pressed oils mentioned earlier.

LifeSource's Super Prescriptions - Stretch Marks

Super Prescription #1 Vitamin E Oil
Apply the oil to the stretch marks each morning and evening.

VARICOSE VEINS

These enlarged veins on the surface of the leg are caused by the weight of the baby and by hormonal changes. Straining to have bowel movements also places pressure on the veins. If you're having trouble passing stools, consult the recommendations for constipation during pregnancy.


TREATMENT

Diet

Recommended Food

Vitamin E will prevent blood clots, a possible side effect of varicose veins. Wheat germ and cold-pressed oils are good sources of this nutrient.

Red- or blue-covered berries are an ideal dessert or snack for you. They fortify vein walls and improve their elasticity.

Buckwheat strengthens capillaries.

LifeSource's Super Prescriptions - Varicose Veins

Super Prescription #1 Bilberry (Vaccimium myrtillus) - LifeSource ProductTake a standardized extract containing 25 percent anthocyanosides at 160 mg twice daily. Bilberry improves circulation and strengthens capillary walls.

Super Prescription #2 Flax Seed Oil - LifeSource ProductsTake 2 to 4 capsules daily, or try our Liquid Flax Oil in place of the capsules. Flax seed oil improves regularity and reduces straining. It also contains essentially fatty acids that promote tissue healing. Note: Reduce the dosage if diarrhea occurs

Super Prescription #3 Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Apply it as a gel or a cream to external varicose veins.

Super Prescription #4 Bioflavonoid complex

Take 1,000 mg two to three times daily. Bioflavonoids reduce swelling and inflammation.

Super Prescription #5 Homeopathic Hamamelis

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C) twice daily for varicose veins that are large, sore, and easily irritated and that sting.

Super Prescription # 6 Homeopathic Arnica (Arnica Montana)

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C) twice daily for varicose veins that are large, sore, and easily irritated and that sting. It's also helpful for varicose veins that are swollen and look bruised.

Super Prescription #7 Homeopathic Pulsatilla Nigrans

Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C) twice daily for varicose veins in the legs that are hot and painful at nighttime. The legs feel better out of the covers and with the windows open.


Other Recommendations

  • Bicycling is usually recommended to improve circulation, but if you're pregnant, you may find it uncomfortable to ride a bike. Instead, try swimming or aqua-aerobics, which are good non-impact exercises.
  • Maternity support hose are available in many department and specialty stores. It's best to put them on first thing in the morning or after a period of rest, when your legs aren't already swollen. Make sure to get a good fit-anything that's too tight will make varicose veins worse.

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