Well it happened. At 32 ½ weeks pregnant, I have caught a “cold.”
I tried with all my might to prevent this from happening but it just wasn’t enough. I eat healthy, regular chiropractic care, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, prenatal vitamin, vitamin D, vitamin C and fish oils daily. I still managed to get sick. So of course when I came down with symptoms I jumped on all the natural treatments I could think of to help strengthen my body and immune system. I must say, I believe these things have all helped and made the healing process faster and more comfortable.
I just wanted to share some of the natural remedies I used and found to work to help ease some of my aliments and be safe for pregnancy.
Lots of Fluids. My goal is over 94 ounces of water daily. I know that is a lot, but you can do it!
Vitamin C. I know for pregnant women you should avoid going over 2,000mg of vitamin C a day. What I found really helpful was Emergen-C for Kids. The Kids packets have only 250mg a serving, which allowed me to have a couple through –out the day. To get even more water, I would fill us a 24 ounce water bottle and one Emergen C Kids packet.
Vitamin D. This is more of a preventative. Most of us are deficient in Vitamin D so it is a good idea to supplement regularly. Vitamin D is essential in having a strong immune system.
Garlic. Garlic supplements are not recommended for pregnant women, so I just made sure to have extra, I mean EXTRA garlic in all my meals.
Essential Oils. Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Lavender. Using Almond oil as my base, I mix all three together and rubbed the oil on my feet every few hours. What was great, is also used it to put on my nose as it was getting raw from all the blowing. We then put a great plug-in essential oil diffuser that I put Eucalyptus and lavender to smell up the room. Eucalyptus is a natural decongestant, and is antibacterial. Lavender is great at calming and is antibacterial, antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic. Peppermint acts as an expectorant, soothes muscles, helps with headaches and is known to help reduce fever.
Acupuncture. I made sure to get in to my favorite CommUnity Acupuncture to schedule extra treatments to help keep the immune system strong and some relief to my sore muscles.
Chiropractic. I LOVE getting adjusted. It has been a life saver during pregnancy and in my wellness care. When I felt the cold coming on, I made an extra visit to help boost the immune system.
The seasons are changing. Autumn is here and slowly there is less daylight, more darkness, colder temperatures and the trees and animals are all making their way to slumber. Autumn is the time to slow down.
Lao Tzu has said, ” Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
As humans, I believe we sometimes forget to slow down and acknowledge our natural connection to the earth and elements. It is time to SLOW DOWN. It is okay to allow yourself to slowdown, stay inside for a day, create or recreate your space or den, take a nap, calm down the constant mind chatter and allow yourself the gift of being in the moment instead of speeding up and worrying about the future, the holiday season, work, school and job. Just giving yourself a few moments, perhaps a yoga class, a meditation or even a moment in your car to slow things down.
Minerals and crystals can assist you in that feeling of joy and peace you get from gifting yourself a moment of stillness, a moment to acknowledge your connection to nature. Petrified wood is one of the many stones that can help in this connection. Petrified wood is heavy and organic. With the past life of a beautiful, enormous tree millions of years ago, Petrified wood can fill you with the ancient wisdom of stillness and growth. Petrified wood helps ground you and take you back to your roots, the original roots of life and creation as it teaches you the lesson of observing and growing. Most petrified wood are from trees that are at least 200 million years old and 100-200 feet tall. They became petrified as a result of volcanoes eruptions and the minerals in the ash that replaced the wood with silica ( quartz ) and other minerals. Over time and environmental conditions, the wood slowly became petrified, fossilized and sometimes opalized. Petrified woos is one of my personal favorite stones, always giving me a sense of ancestral strength and calmness.
Crystals and Yoga. What could the connection be? To me, the connections are endless. Relating a pose to a stone, a stone to a chakra, a chakra to an asana, an asana to chakra a chakra to a stone. A beautiful cycle of similarities and influences to help us live a more balanced and happy life.
Do the words chakras, asanas and crystals just bring up questions and more confusion? Well don’t worry! We will touch all categories and questions and learn from each other as we continue to live our life through our experiences.