Secrets of a Yummy Mummy

Relief for Common Pregnancy Complaints

I spent both my pregnancies looking for relief from various side-effects of pregnancy.  Here are some things that worked for me:

1.  Morning sickness – I never had “morning sickness”.  I was nauseous from morning until night without fail.  Not enough to throw up but enough to make even the simplest activities a challenge.  I found relief from ginger candies and eating small meals throughout the day that were carb heavy.  I also kept a stash of saltine crackers in my purse for emergencies.  Also worth trying is the Spoiled Mama’s Happy Mornings Sippin’ Tea a 100% organic blend of stomach settling herbs.

2.  Heartburn –  This was a real problem during my first pregnancy.  Apparently higher levels of progesterone in your body causes the valve at the top of your stomach to relax which allows stomach acids to enter your esophagus.  Combine this with a baby that is competing with your organs for room in your abdomen and you get a bad case of heartburn.  The usual advice is to eat small meals and avoid spicy and fatty foods but this wasn’t enough for me.  I had to turn to Gaviscon which contains an acid neutralizer and also forms a foam that floats on the top of your stomach contents thus blocking acid from reaching your esophagus.

3.  Leg Cramps – A sudden cramp in my calf woke me up from numerous nights sleep and I have to admit I didn’t handle them well.  I’d be surprised if my screams weren’t heard by our neighbours at the time.  Leg cramps are caused by low levels of calcium and magnesium so taking a supplement should help.  I would also make time for a foot massage the next day at my favourite place Gao’s.

4. Sciatica – Literally a pain in the butt.  By the end of the second semester and into the third your baby’s weight is resting on your pelvis and can compress your sciatic nerve.  It’s difficult to find something that will relieve the pain all together but I found I felt better after Pilates class (I love Flex in Wong Chuk Hang.  They have prenatal Pilates classes every week).  Not staying in 1 position for too long whether it was sitting or standing and sleeping with a pillow between my knees also helped.


Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
October 2, 2009, 1:38 pm
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We’ve all likely felt the searing pain of sciatica sometime in the second and third trimester of pregnancy.  When it happened to me for the first time I thought I would never be able to walk again.  Thankfully I got some relief from a lovely massage therapist who saved the day.  Not everyone realises that pregnancy massage can treat many pregnancy-related ailments, including muscle pain, swelling, breast tenderness and headaches.  It also can lower anxiety, prevent the onset of sciatica and ease pain during labour.  In Hong Kong, the people at Sutherland-Chan Centre are the experts in pregnancy massage.  They are all Registered Massage Therapists (RMT’s) and understand how to adjust treatment according to trimester.  In the first trimester, when nausea and swelling are common, treatment will focus on the neck, shoulders, face and head to reduce headaches and lymphatic drainage techniques to reduce swelling.  In the second trimester therapists are trained to relieve the pressure that starts to build up in the lower back and bum.  This pressure is what generally leads to sciatica and a number of other nasty problems.  The focus in the third trimester is rest and relaxation so treatment focuses on relaxing massage, heat therapy and trigger point therapy.  This is also when Dad would come in to learn the basic techniques to keep Mum happier during delivery.  Perhaps the benefit of pregnancy massage that attracts the most women is the reduction in labour pain.  According to a study in the USA, massaged mothers reported a decrease in depression, anxiety and pain, plus shorter labors, shorter hospital stays and less postpartum depression.  I’m sold.

Sutherland-Chan Centre