preeclampsia

Treat Preeclampsia Naturally

Preeclampsia is a dangerous and life-threatening condition that women can suffer from during pregnancy. Often developing in the second or third trimester, its is marked by high blood pressure and protein presence in the urine. This condition decreases blood flow to the fetus and can cause severe medical complications such as stroke, seizure, bleeding, clotting and organ failure as well as miscarriage and fatality of the mother. It is believed to be caused by poor nutrition both before and after conception, obesity, restricted blood flow, an impaired immune system and gestational hypertension.

 

How do I know if I have Preeclampsia?

  • High blood pressure
  • Proteinuria
  • Edema
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach and shoulder pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Changes in vision
  • Headaches
  • Hyperreflexia
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Sense of doom
  • Rapid pulse
  • Shortness of breath

 

How can I prevent Preeclampsia?

  • Preventing preeclampsia needs to happen even before conception. If you are planning to get pregnant be sure you are maintaining a healthy weight with a BMI below 30.
  • Eat a healthy and nutritious pre-pregnancy diet.
  • Test for blood disorders such as clotting issues and kidney damage before pregnancy.
  • Get into a regular pregnancy-safe exercise regime.

 

How can I treat Preeclampsia?

Do not attempt to treat preeclampsia on your own. Natural treatments should be done in conjunction with medical care. Be sure you talk to your doctor before trying any natural remedy.

  • Complete bed rest may be recommended to lower blood pressure levels.
  • Try to sleep slightly elevated to avoid putting extra pressure on the kidneys.
  • Get plenty of good fats from fish, butter, olive oil, coconut oils and flaxseed.
  • Get at least 75 grams of protein a day.
  • Get your vitamin D; 20 minutes of sun a day is all you need.
  • The right amounts of calcium and magnesium help to keep preeclampsia at bay. Eat dairy foods, salmon, broths and leafy greens for your calcium and enjoy an epsom salt bath or rub with magnesium oil to get your magnesium.
  • Remember, you need to eat a healthy diet and be sure you’re getting enough good nutrition for both you and the baby. Talk with your doctor and get about 2400 good calories a day.
  • Herbal teas are great for fighting off a number of pregnancy issues, including preeclampsia. The best pregnancy teas have red raspberry leaf, nettle leaf and dandelion in them.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Do some pregnancy yoga. It helps to lower your stress level, lower your blood pressure and keeps your body toned and strong.
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