Aches and pains are inevitable during pregnancy, as your body adjusts to a completely new shape. While gentle exercise, yoga, or pilates is important to stay limber and reduce pain, there are various herbs and food items that can be a great alternative to questionable pain drugs.
Nettle: (pictured above) Reduces pain and inflammation, and is a rich source of iron. Use in 3rd trimester only.
Side effects: promotes lactation, eases hemorrhoids, reduces fatigue, supports kidney function, reduces mucous in the lungs, and relieves allergies. Did you know this grows wild in Wisconsin?
Olive leaf: Reduces pain and inflammation. This is also the best herb to use during pregnancy to prevent colds & flu. It is antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and antifungal.
Side effects: reduces fatigue, antiviral, promotes circulation, and improves digestion
Borage oil: 2-3 grams per day was found to reduce pain. Use 37 weeks and later only.
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