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
Hormonal 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 that 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.