3 Healing Herbs for a Healthy Pregnancy Belly


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In the early stages of pregnancy the same hormones that gave you that coveted warm pregnancy glow, are the ones that may cause you to feel discomfort. The three big ones: hCG, progesterone, and estrogen ramp up and increase the activity in your uterus. In some cases vomiting, gas, constipation, and heartburn can come along with it.

During weeks 3 and 4, your baby’s digestive system is also beginning to form. It’s a good idea during this time to introduce gut-healing foods and safe herbs into your system, for yourself and your baby.

3 Gut Friendly Herbs for a Healthy Belly

Royal Jelly.  

A substance secreted by worker bees and fed to the queen bee exclusively so she can develop and give birth to millions of little bees over her lifespan.

Royal jelly contains an abundant of amino acids, protein, and trace minerals and 1 gram a day can help replenish nutrition lost as a result of morning sickness.It’s basically your women’s multivitamin wrapped up in a sweet blanket of honey.

Red Raspberry.  
Red Raspberry is not necessarily a “digestive herb” but when emotional stress, worry, and anxiety cause upset stomach and disharmony in the digestive system, Red Raspberry can help. If taken regularly, red raspberry can normalize the hormones easing morning sickness and cramping during pregnancy, it loaded with nutritive magnesium and calcium, which helps ease the bowels.

Fennel Seed.

One of my favorites for digestive discomfort, gas, and bloating. If you love sweet fragrances, chai tea, and flavorful foods, you’ll love fennel infused tea.

The aromatic herbal spice helps to relieve and expel gas, which will alleviate pressure on your stomach and chest. Supplementing small amounts during pregnancy with anise seed and cardamom (which helps to relief nausea) can help to improve the assimilation of foods so they are digested better and don’t cause a buildup of gas. Another great perk of using fennel, which will come in handy you’re your child is born, is that it supports a healthy let-down reflex, adds a sweetness to the taste and increases digestibility of your breast milk.

The health of your baby is the most important thing to you right now, so it’s important for you to feel your best. Your thoughts, emotions, and feelings shape your body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients that are vital to your baby’s development. And herbs are a natural way to ensure that you are keeping your gut happy and healthy.

Remember to consult with your Midwife or Doctor prior to using any herbs. 

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Jennifer Hutchison Taylor is a certified clinical herbal therapist and physiologist, who’s mission is to promote generational wellness by providing natural, sustainable, and holistic health solutions for women. While herbs are the main tool that she uses, she combines this modality with superfood nutrition, spiritual guidance, and her rich biological sciences background to teach a powerful and revolutionary approach to holistic health.  Learn more at YOUR BEAUTY IN BLOOM

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