Herbs can be used throughout pregnancy for the various minor ailments which can arise, alongside the orthodox prenatal care that all pregnant women receive.
Many herbs can be simply prepared at home, although most women find it reassuring to take herbs with the advice of a qualified medical herbalist. By caring for herself throught the use of diet and herbs, used both to prevent and treat ailments. a woman can safely and effectively keep herself healthy throughout pregnancy and thereby increase her confidence in her ability to heal herself.
Anemia is common in pregnancy because of the increase in the volume of blood in the body. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin, an iron and protein compound which carries oxygen from the lungs to every cell in the body, and in pregnancy to the placenta and the baby. The blood volume in pregnancy swells faster than our red blood cells are able to multiply, and the normal count of 10-15 grams per 100cc of blodd drops by 1-1-5 grams.
Below the level of 11 grams, you have anemia. When the red blood cells are diluted, there is a relative drop in hemoglobin, which is why prevention of anemia during pregnancy is a very important part of prenatal care. Those with anemia generally feel they are "making heavy weather" of a pregnancy, and there are often no actual symptoms.
If this occurs during pregnancy, it is known as iron-deficiency anemia, it is more likely to occur in the last two months of pregnancy, when a high proportion of a mother's iron is stored in the baby's liver, to supplement the low iron milk diet.
Make sure there are plenty of iron containing foods in the daily diet. The richest sources are:
There are several herbs which contain iron. Use any of these in your cooking, in salads, or as teas: