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6 Natural Alternatives to Acetaminophen Medications

Natural Alternatives to Acetaminophen Medications

If you're pregnant, you should stop taking Aspirin, Advil, and related pain relievers. New studies show it could be harming your baby's health.


Scientists have just released a statement finding that acetaminophen can cause harm to prenatal children. Studies found that taking medications containing acetaminophen while pregnant, like ibuprofen, can increase your child's risk of ADHD and other behavioral problems.

This isn't the only side effect to your child either. In 2008, researchers discovered that taking acetaminophen while pregnant can cause habitual wheezing that interrupted sleep, and other respiratory problems to your child during his first 12 months. Then, just last year, researchers discovered something worse – taking acetaminophen and ibuprofen while pregnant increases your child's risk of lifelong asthma!

Does it mean you can't take pain meds when you're pregnant? No, there are some natural alternatives to acetaminophen that are safe to prenatal exposure.

6 Safe Alternatives to Ibuprofen, Advil, and Aspirin

Capsaicin topical creams and supplements have pain-relieving properties. It's been found to help relieve joint pain and muscle soreness. You can apply it four times a day safely.

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Valerian root helps you sleep better and can calm your anxiety and relieve stress. It also lowers your nerve sensitivity, which can block or lower pain. This remedy is more holistic, with studies finding that it relieves both psychological, emotional, and physical pain. You can drink a warm cup of valerian root tea a few times a day to relieve your pain.

Magnesium has been proven to help treat migraines and muscle spasms. It can even alleviate fibromyalgia. If you drink alcohol, it consumes your magnesium, which makes you deficient. This deficiency can cause headaches and other uncomfortable symptoms. Eat sunflower and pumpkin seeds to boost your magnesium levels and keep migraines at bay.

Ginger has been found to relieve migraines too. Studies found that taking ginger powder significantly lowered headache pain. Patients experienced the pain relieving effects within two hours of intake.

Turmeric contains curcumin, which scientists tout as a great natural pain reliever. They have been found to help relieve migraines, joint pain, and even boost joint function in arthritis patients. Researchers say that naturally occurring curcumin doesn't relieve pain as well as concentrated curcumin supplements, but you can still drink turmeric tea to help treat your headache. If you want the maximum pain relief, take the supplements.

Water is the simplest pain relief remedy! Dehydration can cause headaches, so make sure you're getting your recommended eight glasses of water daily. Scientists also found that soaking your body in warm water can relieve the pain from rheumatism and fibromyalgia. It can also soothe sore muscles. It's better to take a nice warm bath than putting artificial chemicals in your body, right?

If you're pregnant and experiencing pain, try these six natural alternatives that are safe for prenatal exposure. Taking an aspirin or ibuprofen can boost your baby's risk for behavioral and respiratory problems. It's a win-win: These remedies are holistically healthy for you and your baby, and they're cheaper too!