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Forty Weeks of Fitness!

Chelsea, our pregnancy fitness expert, is a certified personal trainer at Crunch gym in San Francisco, California. She gave birth to her daughter, Madeira Re, in July 2006. Read more

Home Remedies for Pregnancy Symptom Relief

Feeling a little icky? Between sore breasts, aching back, sleepless nights and morning sickness, pregnancy can leave you feeling less-than-perky. So what's a mom-to-be to do? Here are some safe, effective remedies for all that ails you:

For Morning Sickness:

  • Calcium-fortified antacids

  • Mouthwash, breath fresheners or flavored dental floss

  • Motion sickness wrist bands (also known as "sea bands")

  • Cool, unscented wet wipes for freshening up

For Sensitive, Swollen Breasts:

  • Cool gel compresses (NOT frozen, as this might add to the pain and sensitivity)

  • Heating pads on a warm (not hot) setting

  • Non-restricting sports bras or shelf-bra lined undershirts, OR

  • Bras without underwire (sewn-in seaming under busts)

For Upper and Lower Back Pain:

  • Long body pillow to fold/bunch along back where needed

  • Abdominal support bands (also called "Belly Bras") to reduce stress on the lower back

  • Contoured chair pad for home and/or office

  • Deep heating rub (have your spouse/partner use liberally on affected areas)

For Swollen Legs and Feet:

  • Padded footrest to prop feet up with

  • Support socks or hosiery (look for in department stores or medical supply catalogs)

  • Gel inserts for shoes (added comfort and support for lower back as well)

  • Epsom salt for nightly foot soaks (have spouse/partner use leftover deep heating rub on legs as well)

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