Natural Pregnancy Week 5

Pregnancy Week 5

By now, you've probably missed your period and are wondering why. A pregnancy test should be able to confirm your suspicions.

For some women, morning sickness begins this week. Don't worry, there are plenty of natural remedies for morning sickness that you can try.

Read: Natural Morning Sickness Remedies

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Your Baby's Development

This week, your baby is officially an embryo, but is still very small, around .05 inches long. That's about the size of the end of a pencil. The heart, brain, spinal cord, muscle, and skeleton are just beginning to form.

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Ginger for Nausea

Ginger has been used as a natural cure for nausea, heartburn, and indigestion for centuries. It works by neutralizing stomach acid and promoting digestion. You should be able to find ginger at your local grocery store or drug store in either fresh, powdered, or concentrated form.

“fermented ginger ale” by NourishingCook on flickr

There are many possibilities for using ginger in drinks and food. Grated ginger can be added to your favorite recipes (especially baked goods), or steeped in boiling water to make ginger tea.

You may also find ginger tea (like Yogi Tea brand) in the tea and coffee aisle at your local store.

 

Eat This!

Some women find that the combination of ginger and carbonation of ginger ale (otherwise known as ginger beer) is especially soothing for their nausea and morning sickness.

Just beware that not all “ginger ale” contains real ginger, and most commercial “ginger ale” drinks are full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners.

Look for a natural ginger ale drink, such as Reed's Extra Ginger Beer.

 

Vanessa Pruitt, PLMHP, MS

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