Natural Parenting

Natural pregnancy, birth, and parenting: healthy, happy and ecological ideas from a mother's personal experience.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


If I became pregnant again, I wouldn't be without the following tips and potions (all available from health food stores/quality supermarkets/internet):

Solgar multi vitamin for pregnancy, they are huge and expensive but jam packed full of high level high quality vitamins including folic acid.
Camomile tea to keep calm.
Fish oils in capsule form, eat oily fish.
Rescue remedy for times of stress.
Lots of water, figs and prunes for constipation.
Lecithin granules are meant to be good for the hormones, can be eaten with your cereal.

The following contain high levels of iron which really helps in pregnancy for you and the baby:
Nettle tea (loose is better, very high in iron, tastes a bit like and earthy green tea)
Floradix liquid (much superior to iron tablets which cause constipation, couldn't have done without it)
Apricots (very high in iron)
Porridge oats

High in calcium (you don't necessarily need to drink lots of milk):
Nettle tea
Sesame seeds

Raspberry leaf tea is a popular potion to take during the last 4 months of pregnancy to prepare the muscles for birth, I think it definitely makes a difference.

Morning sickness: Camomile tea, ginger

Conventional tea and coffee limit your absorption of iron.

Creams, so much is absorbed through your skin, I avoided using any commercial cream including ones that appeared to be chemical free as they still had things in them that I didn't trust, read the labels, I just oiled my skin with almond oil, you can also use olive oil or other oils, but any oil that I associated with cooking just make me feel sick!

Yoga, made all the difference to my strength/flexibility and ability to concentrate and keep calm in pregnancy and birth.

NCT, join the National Childbirth Trust and go to their antenatal classes to be really informed and feel totally ready for birth and the hospital environment if that is where you are giving birth, and you make friends! They also support home-birth and breastfeeding.

Recommended reading (all can be found on
Amazon books website cheaply) and websites:

Baby Centre website
Great online guide for looking up any questions you have about anything at all

The Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
This a great manual to pregnancy which leaves you feeling really informed and strong about the birth, or any book by the NCT [National Childbirth Trust] too

Natural Baby by Janet Balaskas
A brilliant guide that I used every day for tips on newborns health

Holistic Herbal for Mother and Baby by Kitty Campion
Some good remedies that you wouldn’t find anywhere else, might find yourself mixing up strange potions

New Active Birth by Janet Balaskas
Brilliant advice on preparation and positions for birth which is very important

The Family Guide to Homeopathy by Dr Andrew Lockie
Detailed guide to homeopathic remedies for every problem

Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Thomas Bartram
I would never be without this herbal reference guide to everything, very detailed


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