Natural remedies that actually do something

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The scientific community is split on the effectiveness of many holistic remedies. However, there are a few natural, organic, or home-based medicines that have actually been proven to do what they claim.

Aches and pains

One of the best things to treat the soreness associated with pregnancy is prenatal massage. Studies have shown that it can reduce swelling, alleviate pain and discomfort, and even decrease depression and anxiety. Who knew a simple rubdown could help with so much?

Be sure to find a masseuse who specializes in prenatal massage – some states even have special certifications for just this kind of therapy. Make sure you and your baby are in good hands.

Morning sickness

If you can find a non-drug solution that works for you, that’s typically a great place to start when trying to relieve any pregnancy ailment that might creep up. When it comes to morning sickness, one of the safest solutions is Sea-Band Mama. The Sea-Band system is the only FDA approved acupressure wristband on the market, because it’s the only one scientifically proven to work.

Sea-Band Mama is a simple pair of wristbands that apply constant, gentle pressure to the P6 acupressure point on the inner wrist which actually helps soothe and calm your stomach. Once you’ve got them on, Sea-Band Mama may work in as little as five minutes to begin easing your morning sickness.

In addition to acupressure, another common morning sickness reliever is ginger root. Some ginger tea, or sucking on a lozenge like Sea-Band Mama Ginger Lozenges, can gently settle your stomach. Sea-Band Mama Ginger Lozenges also contain folic acid, which is an essential nutrient for any expecting mom.


You might be too busy to put up your feet for a while and rub your swollen legs until they’re better. When you’re leading an active lifestyle, how can you keep swelling down? A totally natural method is to use compression leggings. They help prevent water retention, and keep blood flowing to your feet.

Bleeding gums

Your hormones are causing swelling and water retention, which for many moms leads to swollen gums. They’re very sensitive, and likely to bleed when you brush and floss. It can be very uncomfortable, but there are a couple simple solutions. The easiest is to rinse your mouth with warm water mixed with sea salt after you’re done brushing. This will soothe and disinfect your mouth and help your gums quickly repair themselves.

Bleeding gums can also be soothed with some aloe vera juice. It reduces inflammation and has antiseptic qualities that can help prevent infection.


Perhaps the best way to treat heartburn is to adjust how you eat. Try eating smaller meals more frequently – so instead of three meals a day, have six half-meals. Also focus on the amount of chewing that you’re doing, and really give your food a good mashing. More chewing isn’t just about making what you’re eating into mush (although that’s part of it), but you’ll also eat more slowly when you chew more and give the enzymes in your saliva more time to break down your food.

Another big helper with heartburn is to cut out eating before bed. If you can, give yourself a full three hours between your last meal and your bedtime. You can also try sleeping while sitting up a little.

Itchy skin

Be careful with any product that you put on your skin (lotion, makeup, oils, sunscreen). Check the label and make sure it’s baby-safe. One natural remedy for itchy skin is coconut oil. Rub a little into your skin after showers and before bed. Ignore this remedy if you have a coconut allergy!

When it comes to your nausea, you can find drug-free relief with Sea-Band Mama. Sea-Band Mama is available at CVS and Target, or you can order online by tapping the button below.

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