Registered naturopath practitioner Peter Lewis says a craving while pregnant, however illogical, is a need for certain nutrients.
Registered naturopath practitioner Peter Lewis says a craving while pregnant, however illogical, is a need for certain nutrients. Mini Marvels Photography

Pregnancy cravings serve need

AS has been discussed previously, there are multiple challenges females may experience during pregnancy.

I consider that the most important aspect of lifestyle during pregnancy is valuing conversation over a cuppa, or juice or smoothie or other favourable liquid drink mum may be seeking.

The guide for a partner in supporting an expectant mum's opportunity to unwind is to ask her what it is she may want or crave. A craving, however illogical, is a need for certain nutrients.

If she craves a stimulant drink, consider keeping it to a minimum to protect mum and the unborn.

In other words, if she craves a latte, take her to her favourite café and ask for a weaker shot. That way she is meeting her craving but hopefully without it creating a stimulant spike.

Conditions that may also be encountered are cramps, fluid retention, backache or sleeplessness.

Because of these and other conditions, it is my strongly held view that the expectant mother needs to be dotted over by her partner with healthful liquid drink she asks for. After all, she is facilitating the miracle of another life; it goes without saying that is amazing.

Leg cramps during pregnancy is often encountered in naturopathic practice. Unfortunately expectant mums are told they should consume magnesium products by good intentioned relatives, which is often not needed. I find that in most clinical cases, cramps are rectified in naturopathic practice with dispensed calcium. Furthermore, vitamin B food is also found to be necessary. Best to have professional direction in treatment of cramps to be assured of safe pregnancy for the developing child.

Fluid retention during pregnancy is almost certainly a pathological condition, which requires professional treatment. It should involve a medical doctor as well as a naturopathic practitioner. I am concerned when an expectant mum is told to use an essential oil from a direct marketing individual, because this may place the unborn at risk.

Backache is partially a consequence of ligaments relaxing. Cautious remedial massage administered by a highly qualified and accredited remedial massage therapist who has also been a trained midwife has particular merit.

Sleeplessness is common in the third trimester. Naturopathy would dispense safe phytomedicine to control anxiety or the effects of sleep deprivation. A medical doctor may prescribe mild hypnotics at times.



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