A short post on Aloe Vera and Pregnancy and some health products that may help along the way.
Please remember the below are only suggestion guidelines only. I do not make medical claims nor does Forever Living and would always advise Doctor or Midwife consultation first:
When pregnant there is always a need for extra nutrients before and after to help support the health of both yourself and the baby (foetus) which is becoming more important now due to the reduced nutrient content of our modern diets. It has long been recognised that a deficiency in Folic Acid can increase the likelihood of developing a congenital disorder. A hugh trail that was set up by Medical Research Council backed this up quite dramatically. That is why it is important for Women to take 400mg of Folic Acid - if possible from conception until 12 weeks pregnant. Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids from fish are vital for the formation of new tissues particularly the development of the brain, nervous system and retina with research showing enhanced effects in IQ and learning.
Suggested Health Products For Pregnant Women
That Sleeplessness - Weak Aloe Blossom Tea made with boiled water and then cooled. The fennel, Camomile and Aloe Blossom are very soothing. One tea bag will make approximately 2 pints of herbal tea).
Those Stretch Marks - Massage with Aloe Moisturising lotion or Aloe Gelly daily in the early stages of pregnancy to keep the skin moisturised and lubricated. If stretch marks are starting to appear, massage with Alpha E Factor.
Preparing nipples for breast feeding - prepare the nipples prior to breast-feeding by applying Aloe Vera Gelly to the nipple area. Apply liberally before and after feeding. If the nipples do crack wipe with activator on cotton wool before and after each feed then apply Propolis Cream to prevent infection. Alpha E Factor contains bisabolol, which is a soothing essential oil so can also be applied to sore and cracked nipples.
Headaches and Contractions - Occasionally headaches in pregnancy may be a sign of a more serious complication and should be checked out by a doctor or midwife. Providing they are satisfied, the Aloe Heat Lotion gently massaged on the forehead and temples will penetrate deeply and can help to relieve the inflammation causing the headaches. Stress tension in the neck and shoulders can also be eased with the heat lotion. When contractions start massage heat lotion into the lower back to ease the pain.
Suggested Health Products For The Baby
Nappy Rash - wash the baby in diluted Aloe Liquid Soap. This product is a no tears formula so if it does splash in the baby's eyes it will not cause discomfort. Dry baby's skin and in severe cases apply Activator on cotton wool to the nappy rash. Leave to dry for a minute and then apply Propolis Creme. The Propolis is a natural antibiotic so may prevent any infection from occurring.
NB Always apply a little of the cream and activator to a small area as a tester if this is the first ever application.
Teething - Aloe Vera Gelly can be applied directly on to the gums. It will soothe inflamed gums and is very cooling. It is perfectly safe to apply several times per day and will cause the baby no harm if accidentally swallowed.
Cradle Cap - Wash the baby's head with Aloe Liquid Soap and then massage the Aloe Gelly into the scalp and leave overnight. You ay need to do this a couple of times per week before the cradle cap is all gone. In very severe cases mix an equal amount of Aloe Gelly with virgin olive oil and once again leave overnight, then wash with Aloe Liquid Soap. All of the health products are fairly concentrated and so only a small amount is required.