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Gentle Remedies for Pregnancy, the UTI and Bladder Infection

Gentle Remedies for the Common Discomforts of Pregnancy, brought to you by Bee Lauher, LM, CPM

Pregnancy is a normal and natural process that transforms our bodies in many ways. The following is a gentle alternative that can be helpful in remedying the discomforts that sometimes accompany this process. Join us each week to learn more about gentle alternatives, and please share with your community! We can inform and empower

UTI and Bladder Infection

woman-bladder-e1285524180365-300x248Hormonal changes that cause the ureters to soften along with the weight of the womb cause UTI’s to be common in pregnancy. If treated early with persistence, UTI’s should be able to be treated at home. Bladder infections can cause preterm labor and can easily lead to a kidney infection and should be treated by a Nurse Midwife or a physician if herbal remedies do not work effectively.

Diet: Cut out all sugars and yeast from your diet. Increase your fluid intake by at least double to help flush the bladder.

Supplement support: Vitamin C 500 mg 4 times daily. C helps to acidify the urine and aids in killing harmful bacteria.

Cran-actin is a pill form concentrated cranberry juice. I’ve seen it be very effective.

Herbal Support: Use Echinacea root tincture 30-60 drops every 4 hours until symptoms are gone. Then 20 drops three times a day for 5 days.

Cranberry juice is extremely effective and has been proven in clinical trials that it is an antimicrobial agent autumn-free-wallpaper-autumn-s-cranberry-heart_2560x1600_93128-1that prevents pathogenic bacteria from adhering to the wall of the bladder. 8 ounces of unsweetened cranberry juice mixed with 8 OZ of water every 2-3 hours. You may need to continue for 4-5 days, then drinking 8 OZ once a day for three more days to insure the bacteria has subsided.

Uva-ursi is another herbs helpful in treating UTI’s . It should not be used in the first trimester and should only be used for short term use in late pregnancy(5 days or less)

Wild Yam is an antispasmodic, and reduces inflammation and pain. 30 drops 2-4 times daily if pain is involved when urinating.

Corn silk tincture can be added to any of the above. 20-30 drops 3 times a day.

Homeopathic Remedies: Cantharis 200c

Do not hold your urine. As soon as you feel the urge to go…GO.

***Please consult with your heath care provider before beginning any supplement, herbal, or exercise routine.

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Bee’s Books for Birth and Beyond

resources1Put your phones down, resist the urge to look up every sensation that you have on Google and throw away “What To Expect While You’re Expecting”. The title is perfect but the information is fear based and a constant reminder of what can go wrong week by week. Google is no better! More then half of the information you look up about pregnancy is based on another mother’s experience. This can be great if you have questions about which diapers to use, but not when you are looking for medical advice. Pregnant women are already bombarded with opinions from social media, movies and the random bystander that walks up and wants to touch your belly, or better a yet a new mom who decides she needs to tell you how painful her birth was!

My point…. there is brilliant, positive inspiring information out there. Pregnancy has a sharp learning curve. There is so much you want to know, so much to prepare for. Most women have not spent years studying and researching in the ins and outs of growing a baby. So, you’ve got 9 moths to figure it out.

I want you to spend your time reading inspiring information that will get you excited about your growing belly and your upcoming birth! I encourage you to leave fear behind and and step into this pregnancy with confidence and grace. Educate your self on your body’s growing needs, learn about the normal changes in your body, understand your hormones, and prepare for the sacred moments of labor and birth!

Pick and choose from this list. You definitely don’t need to read them all.

Please don’t substitute books, Google, or your friends’ advice for good prenatal care by your Midwife or Doctor. If you have something going on that you are unfamiliar with contact your health care provider FIRST! You will save yourself from unnecessary worry and fear.

Grab a cup of tea, get cozy and enjoy the list….. Bee Lauher, L.M., C.P.M.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Day by Day ~ Sheila Kitzinger

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Years~ Susan Weed

Our Bodies Our Selves~ Judy Norsigian

Pregnancy, Childbirth, Newborn, The Complete Guide~ Penny Simkin

Spiritual Midwifery~Ina May Gaskin

 

Labor and Birth

Ina Mays Guide to Childbirth~ Ina May Gaskin

Birthing from Within~Pam England

The Birth Partner~ Penny Simkin

An Easier Birth~ Gayle Peterson

Thinking Women’s Guide to a Better Birth~ Henci Goer

The Birth Book, Everything You Need To Know To Have A Safe and Satisfying Birth~ William and Martha Sears

 

Diet, Nutrition & Exercise

Eating Expectantly ~Bridget Swinney

Your Vegetarian Pregnancy~Holly Roberts

Beautiful, Bountiful, Blissful~ Gurmukh

Yoga for Pregnancy~ Sandra Jourdan

Prenatal Yoga and Natural Childbirth~ Jeannine Parvati Baker

 

VBAC

Natural ChildBirth after Cesarean Section~ Karis Crawford

Artemis Speaks: VBAC Stories~ Nan Koehler

Cesarean Recovery~Chrissie Gallagher-Mundy

 

Postpartum

After the Baby’s Birth~ Robin Lim

When Survivors Give Birth~ Penny Simkin + Phyllis Klaus

Natural Health After Birth~ Aviva Romm

 

Breastfeeding

Ina May’s Guid to Breastfeeding~Ina May

The Womanly art of Breastfeeding~ La Leche League

Breastfeeding Your Baby~Sheila Kitzinger

 

Newborn/Baby Care

The Baby Book~ Dr. William Sears

Your Amazing Newborn~Marshall and Phyllis Klaus

Nighttime Parenting~ Dr. William Sears

You Are Your Childs First Teacher~ Rahima Baldwin

Magical Child~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

 

Children’s Books

Baby Come Out~ Fran Manushkin

Hello Baby!~ Jenni Overend

The Twelve Gifts of BIrth~Charlene Constanzo