Nutrition and Diet for Pregnant Women
There is a saying that "you are what you eat." This also applies to your child if you are pregnant. If you drink coffee it can increase your babies heart beat as well as yours. If you eat junk food exclusively you may not feel well and this too can be bad for your baby. In this section we want you to realize that if you eat healthy foods in sensible portions then you baby benefits as much as you do.
Nutrition, Herbs, and Pregnancy
Natural herbs are being used by an ever increasing number women. During pregnancy, the herbs you use need to be carefully evaluated. You should discuss with your health car provider the herbs you want to use since many have been shown to be very helpful herbs while other herbs can be a risk for your baby. The herbs that are considered safe to use during pregnancy are often food or tonic herbs.
The following herbs have been rated likely safe or possibly safe for use during pregnancy:
- Red Raspberry Leaf is believed by many to help tone the uterus, increase milk production, decrease nausea, and ease labor pains.
- Peppermint Leaf may help in relieving nausea/ morning sickness and flatulence.
- Lemon Balm can helps relieve irritability, insomnia, and anxiety.
- Ginger root is used to help relieve nausea and vomiting.
- Slippery Elm Bark has been used to relieve nausea, heartburn and vaginal irritations.
- Oats & Oat Straw may help restlessness and irritated skin.
The following herbs, when used orally, are considered by many to unsafe or possibly unsafe during pregnancy:
- Saw Palmetto
- Dong Quai
- Passion Flower
- Black Cohos
- Blue Cohosh
- Roman Chamomile