Osteoarthritis is painful and uncomfortable for the average person, but for a pregnant woman it is downright debilitating. With many narcotics, medications, and therapies being on the “no” list during pregnancy, it is easy to understand why many women that suffer from Osteoarthritis are hesitant to become pregnant. What most women don’t know is that there are many ways to help treat the symptoms Osteoarthritis that are completely natural and easily accessible. Here are 4 ways to treat Osteoarthritis during pregnancy.
Folic Acid – Folic acid is important in any pregnancy, but for women with Osteoarthritis, Folic acid plays a large role in the metabolism of nucleic and amino acids. This reaction helps to reduce the loss of red blood cells in the body and can help reduce disease activity. Folic acid supplements are safe to take during pregnancy as well can easily be added nutritionally with leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and chard.
Herbal Supplementation – There are numerous herbal supplements that are available that are completely safe during pregnancy and have shown huge success with treatment of Osteoarthritis. Some of these include Glucosamine sulphate and Boswellia. Both are easily accessible at most health food and big box retailers in a pill form. You may even be able to find liquid or powder versions of some supplements for easier digestion.
Exercise – It is important during pregnancy to maintain a light exercise routine to avoid being sedentary, it is even more important to when treating Osteoarthritis while pregnant. Light walking, jogging, yoga, and casual aerobics are a great way to keep muscles loose and reduce stiffness in joints. It also helps to keep energy levels maintained and supports digestion, which is often compromised during pregnancy.
Acupuncture – Acupuncture has a proven track record to aiding the treatment of Osteoarthritis. By changing the flow of energy and nerve stimulation from the therapy, many patients have seen remarkable results from Acupuncture. Not all Acupuncturists will work with pregnant women, so it is important to find someone that specializes in Pre-natal care.
All of these options are completely safe during a normal pregnancy, but it is important to consult an Obstetrician before adding anything new. Keeping the doctor in the loop is the safest way to ensure a healthy pregnancy while treating Osteoarthritis and also gives the added bonus of any resources that the doctor may have access to. The above methods are otherwise safe, natural, and easily incorporated treatment options for Osteoarthritis while pregnant.
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