Pregnancy and Alternative Medicine
April 18, 2023 | 2 minute read
Pregnancy can be an exciting and challenging time. From morning sickness to back pain, it’s no wonder some expecting mothers turn to alternative medicines for relief. Not all alternative medicines are safe during pregnancy, therefore, it’s essential to know which remedies are appropriate during this important time. Here is a list of alternative medicines that may be helpful during pregnancy:
- Ginger is a popular remedy for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. It can be consumed in various forms, such as ginger tea, ginger ale, or ginger candies. Research suggests that ginger is a safe way to significantly reduce nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (1).
- Aromatherapy involves using essential oils or botanicals such as lavender to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Studies have shown that aromatherapy can reduce anxiety and labor pain for some pregnant women (2).
- Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves inserting fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific points on the body. Evidence suggests that acupuncture may significantly reduce lower back pain in pregnant women (3).
- Prenatal Yoga is a type of yoga that can involve physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation. Research shows that prenatal yoga may improve sleep quality and reduce back pain in women in their third trimester of pregnancy (4).
- Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in many bodily functions, including muscle and nerve function, blood pressure regulation, and protein synthesis. Research suggests magnesium supplementation during pregnancy can help reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia, a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication (5).
In conclusion, alternative medicines can provide effective relief for many pregnancy-related symptoms. However, it’s essential to consult with your healthcare provider before trying any remedies or practices. With the right guidance, you can safely and comfortably navigate your way through your pregnancy journey.
- Lete I, Allué J. The Effectiveness of Ginger in the Prevention of Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy and Chemotherapy. Integr Med Insights. 2016 Mar 31;11:11-7. doi: 10.4137/IMI.S36273. PMID: 27053918; PMCID: PMC4818021.
- Tabatabaeichehr M, Mortazavi H. The Effectiveness of Aromatherapy in the Management of Labor Pain and Anxiety: A Systematic Review. Ethiop J Health Sci. 2020 May;30(3):449-458. doi: 10.4314/ejhs.v30i3.16. PMID: 32874088; PMCID: PMC7445940.
- Yang J, Wang Y, Xu J, et al. Acupuncture for low back and/or pelvic pain during pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. BMJ Open. 2022;12(12):e056878. Published 2022 Nov 21. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2021-056878
- Azward H, Ramadhany S, Pelupessy N, Usman AN, Bara FT. Prenatal yoga exercise improves sleep quality in the third trimester of pregnant women. Gac Sanit. 2021;35 Suppl 2:S258-S262. doi:10.1016/j.gaceta.2021.10.030
- Yuan J, Yu Y, Zhu T, Lin X, Jing X, Zhang J. Oral Magnesium Supplementation for the Prevention of Preeclampsia: a Meta-analysis or Randomized Controlled Trials. Biol Trace Elem Res. 2022;200(8):3572-3581. doi:10.1007/s12011-021-02976-9