9 Natural Pain Relievers Safe to Use During Pregnancy

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Whether it's a passing headache or nagging backache with a side of lovely sciatica-triggered tingles down the leg, having to cope with any sort of pain during pregnancy is no picnic! Although over-the-counter painkillers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen are considered safe for expectant moms, a recent JAMA Pediatrics study raised concerns about the former, concluding that it could potentially disrupt hormones and influence fetal brain development. Unnerving to say the least.

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There are many joys to being pregnant -- the baby, for one thing. But the things that we don't love as much are the back pain, swollen ankles, and all sorts of mysterious aches and pains that come with carrying a small human around for nine months. So if a mom doesn't want to risk any complications from over-the-counter painkillers, she could give natural painkillers a try. More research about natural pain relievers needs to be done, of course, but it's not unreasonable to want to seek out alternatives for relief, if only as a way to keep OTC drug use to a minimum. 

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Here, 9 natural, safe prenatal pain-fighters moms could try instead.

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