Naturally Managing High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy
There are many things that a pregnancy can bring, but high blood pressure is often not expected among expectant mothers. Although it is not uncommon, if left untreated, high blood pressure during pregnancy can have serious effects on both mother and child.
It is no surprise that there are certain physical risks that can accompany a pregnancy, and dealing with high blood pressure may not have been part of your plan, but it is a real and necessary issue that needs treatment.
In fact, pregnant women who had this condition before they became pregnant are especially at risk, so it is vital to reduce certain factors to ensure a healthy outcome.
First of all, you should have your blood pressure checked by your doctor regularly to monitor and track any unusual changes. Just because you have never had high blood pressure, or think you lead a healthy lifestyle, does not mean that you will not develop this condition during your pregnancy.
Having a baby puts extra strain on the physical body in many ways. It might seem impossible to control because you feel like you have lost control of what’s happening to you, but don’t despair. There are simple things you can do to minimize the factors that contribute to high blood pressure during pregnancy.
Of course, there are prescription medications that are available, but they may not be safe for pregnancy. Many expectant mothers want to limit their exposure to the toxic nature of prescription medications, but it’s vitally important to turn to alternative treatments to support good health.
When I treat pregnant women in my healing practice, I feel like I’m always telling them what they can’t do. There doesn’t seem to be anything that a pregnant woman can do, as so many things are forbidden during this time. I like to give my clients advice that they would enjoy doing, rather than a list of restrictions. Fortunately, my advice here boils down to three simple, yet vital, things that almost everyone (especially pregnant women) has at the top of their list. Drink, eat and breathe. What else is there, really?
A pregnancy requires mothers to increase their liquid intake dramatically, and to eliminate beverages that do not promote a healthy balance of electrolytes. Rather than concentrating on what you can’t drink, goodbye margaritas, focus on what you can. Happy hour becomes rejuvenating hour and a nightcap evolves into herbal tea time.
Be proactive and eliminate all coffee, tea, sugary drinks and alcohol. Even diet soda is a no-no, and it may take some effort to switch your bad habits for good. When that liquid sugar craving kicks in, turn to these alternative cocktails.
* Infusion Solution – a nice blend of raspberry leaf, nettles, and dandelion tea can help reduce bloating and eliminate toxins
* Electrolyte Balance – once a day, juice 2 raw beets with 3 medium apples and a bunch of parsley to balance the potassium and sodium levels in your bloodstream
Once you recognize the energizing and detoxifying effects of these beverages, you won’t miss your daily diet cola. Go ahead and raise a healthy glass to the wellbeing of your pregnancy.
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