Natural Suppliments
Natural Suppliments

Both food and medicines are best in their natural and pure state. The body accepts and absorbs such natural foods easily and their benefits are greater. For example, the benefit and satisfaction derived from drinking fresh orange juice cannot be replaced by orange flavored drink.

This principle also applies to calcium and iron supplements which are necessary during pregnancy. Artificial iron and calcium preparations made by mixing various chemicals, may not be easily accepted and absorbed by the body. They may also have side effect such as constipation and even bleeding piles. In addition, such artificial preparations increase heat in the body which could have a harmful effect on the mother and unborn child. Calcium and iron obtained through food and herbs are best so that they can be digested and assimilated optimally by all the systems.

Ayurveda suggests many natural preparations that help to increase iron and calcium in the body without causing any side effect. It is really important that you take natural iron and calcium preparations regularly to avoid hair loss, back ache, weakness in joints and bones which are common after childbirth.

Natural suppliments offer three main benefits over artificial supplements:
  • Greater nutrition Natural suppliments are complex, containing a variety of the micronutrients your body needs — not just one. Amala (Indian gooseberry), for example, provides vitamin C plus some beta carotene, calcium and other nutrients. A vitamin C supplement lacks these other micronutrients.
  • Essential fiber Natural suppliments such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, herbs and legumes, provide dietary fiber. Most high-fiber foods are also packed with other essential nutrients. Fiber, as part of a healthy diet, can help prevent certain diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and it can also help manage constipation.
  • Protective substances Natural suppliments contain other substances important for good health. Satavari (asparagus ), for example, contain naturally occurring substances called phytochemicals, which may help protect you against cancer, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Many are also good sources of antioxidants — substances that slow down oxidation, a natural process that leads to cell and tissue damage.
Streach Mark care:

From around the beginning of the third month of pregnancy it is advisable to start using oils infused with herbs which check the development of streachmark.

Breast care:

From the beginning of pregnancy, the breasts are evolvingFrom the beginning of pregnancy, the breasts are evolving and preparing for the arrival of the baby. Pregnancy hormones play a vital role and cause a number of changes in the breasts:

  • Growth and enlargement – due to the increased blood flow in the breasts, they may feel swollen, sore and tingly.
  • Tenderness of the breasts – it usually occurs during the first trimester of pregnancy.
  • Darkening of nipples and areolas (the skin around the nipples), due to hormones that affect pigmentation of the skin.
  • Darkened veins along the breasts due to increased blood supply to the breasts.
  • The breasts may start leaking a yellowish, thick substance known as colostrum.
  • Protruding nipples and the areolas and nipples will grow larger
  • A well-fitting support bra should be worn at all times. This will provide good support for the enlarging breasts.
  • The breasts should be washed daily (without soap) to remove dried colostrum and to prevent irritation to the nipples
  • Massage your breast lightly with herbal oil for 5 to 10 minutes every day. After the first trimester this can be done twice or thrice a week during whole pregnancy. This helps reduce sagging of the breast after the baby has been weaned.
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