Pregnancy is a game-changer. Not only does your life change forever, but your day-to-day becomes much different. One of the most stressful things can often be how hard pregnancy can be on the body. Sure you may be glowing, but those aches and pains, heartburn, and hemorrhoids are making you cranky. To top it all off, you can't just go taking a lot of medicine since many things aren't safe or the effects aren't really known when it comes to the baby inside your belly.
If you're planning on going a more natural or home-based route, or just want some easy pregnancy-safe OTC meds, I've got some suggestions approved by doctors.
Natural Cure: Papaya Enzymes or Heartburn Tea
Safe OTC Items: Maalox, Pepcid, or Zantac
Natural Cure: Witch Hazel, Ice Packs, Sitz Baths, use unscented/sensitive baby wipes or soft washcloths instead of toilet paper
Safe OTC Items: Tucks pads are witch-hazel soaked cloths and safe during pregnancy.
Ailment: Back Pain
Natural Cure: Prenatally-trained chiropractic or massage, Traumeel ointment on sore muscles, and of course stretching and heat packs
Safe OTC Items: Acetaminophen and similar pain relievers
Natural Cure: High fiber foods, warm baths, drink lots of fluids, a non-iron fortified prenatal vitamin, coffee (decaf, if you want)
Safe OTC items: Metamucil, Citrucel
Natural Cure: Ginger, mint, or peppermint tea, candy, or however you can handle it, cool air, frequent small meals
Safe OTC items: Vitamin B6, sea bands
Note: This is general mom advice, and you should always consult your doctor or midwife before taking anything.
What were your go-to remedies while pregnant?