I remember growing up, honey was a major part of almost all home-made remedies that my parents ever gave us. They believed, and still believe, it eases the symptoms of (if not cures) quite a number conditions, like cough and even some wounds. So, honey was never scarce at home and considering my dad was not a fan of sugar, it was even more important as a natural sweetener.
On my own, it took a while for honey to gain access into my home, but when it did, it sort of found a way to stay. It happened while I was pregnant the second time, and I had this nasty cough, which kept me awake at night.
I complained to the doctor, and he gave me some medication for it. They only provided temporary relief, so very soon, I was hacking again. Meanwhile, all this time, my mom had been telling me about the home-made mixture of honey and lime juice that she used to give us as children, and urged me to try it.
Pushed to the wall by sleepless nights, I gave it a try, but with just a little lime juice, as I was not really sure how the acidity of the lime was going to work with my pregnancy. That night, I pretty much slept better than I had for days, so I carried my little mixture about and took a swig from it whenever I felt the need. Within five days, I was free of the cough, and I forgot about honey.
Until, it started coming up as being very good for a plethora of things from skincare to hair-care and more, and I started to try it for those things. It always comes to mind whenever a cough comes, but as I’m just no good at DIY methods when it comes to health matters, I just end up going to the clinic.
However, the truth is honey has lots of benefits for people, from pregnant women to non-pregnant folks alike, and it was while I was looking for ways to solve the issue of heartburn and bloating that I came across the treasure trove of information I’m about to share below.
But before I do, there are concerns about honey consumption while pregnant. It is strongly advised that only pasteurised honey is taken by a pregnant woman, as the pasteurisation process would have killed off all antigens that can do harm to her.
Here are the identified benefits:
Honey has a natural antibiotic effect
The body of a pregnant women experiences some changes, one of which is becoming susceptible to infectious diseases. Because the body needs to adjust to the foetus, the pregnant woman’s immune system opens up, making it easily prone to attacks.
Honey may help the body to kill bacteria…pasteurised honey especially. Taking honey helps to build up the immune system of a pregnant woman. And if suffering from a condition, the recovery can be hastened with the use of honey.
I definitely know about this factor, personally. During pregnancy, you may want to avoid strong medicines or antibiotics that might finish off a cough as soon as possible, which is where honey comes in.
Honey, with its anti-inflammatory action, can be a great natural remedy. It works even better with other natural ingredients like ginger or lemon. Drinking a glass of lemon water or ginger tea with honey can soothe a sore throat and clear mucus.
If you have a dry cough, a cup of hot milk with a spoonful of honey can reduce chest pain and ease dryness.
Having sleepless night is a somewhat recurring occurrence during pregnancy. All that effort to find a suitable sleeping position can mean you’re counting sheep till morning, but honey’s got you…literally.
Whether it’s in the first trimester or the last trimester, honey’s hypnotic action helps overcome insomnia.
Drinking some milk mixed with a spoon of honey before bedtime helps you have an undisturbed sleep.
Alleviate symptoms of ulcers and gastrointestinal problems
Honestly, one can never know for sure what will happen during a pregnancy, until it happens. Having an upset stomach is one of the things that can happen, and thankfully, honey can sort out this one too.
Honey is anti-inflammatory and can relieve gastroenteritis and diarrhoea; benefits that come in handy if stomach upsets become routine during pregnancy.
Honey prevents the growth and incidence of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria in the stomach. This bacterium is responsible for causing ulcers, but the consumption of honey can reduce its spread.
Honey can also be consumed with water as part of a rehydration fluid to stimulate the growth of new tissues. It can even help with the repair of any damaged mucosa in the intestine.
Honey reduces nausea and vomiting or morning sickness
Nausea and morning sickness come with the pregnancy terrain for most women, and it can be a tiring experience.
In fact, it is also bad, in the sense that it can decrease the appetite of pregnant women. And a pregnant mom needs to eat adequate amounts of nutrients to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
If not treated, vomiting can cause dehydration in pregnant women. And severe morning sickness can mean hospitalisation, but the use of honey can relieve this symptom.
Using honey eliminates the sensation of nausea and vomiting. With the consumption of honey, the sensation of nausea caused by pregnancy hormones is suppressed and by extension, vomiting is avoided
All you need do is take some honey mixed with water, or add a spoonful to a glass of milk.
An American Pregnancy Association study suggested honey as a natural remedy for heartburn.
Indigestion and heartburn (caused by the growing uterus pressing onto the intestines and stomach) can make the third trimester uncomfortable.
One remedy to ease this discomfort is to drink a glass of warm milk with a tablespoon of honey mixed into it.
See why honey is so versatile, during pregnancy and why you need to keep a bottle of pasteurised honey handy?
I certainly do, and do have a small jar of the nature’s gold for emergencies.
Take care mamas.
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