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Question by Pregnant Lady About Baking Soda

Posted by Jennifer on 05/17/2007

Dear Ted, I came upon the web site yesterday and I am so greatful for the baking soda remedy. I am seven weeks pregnant and dealing with severe marbles for bowel movements. I had eaten 15 prunes, two bowls of bran cereal, large green salads, citracel x6 and one and a half gallons of water daily for several days with just minimal results. I tryed before bed time 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp sea salt and 800mg magnesium. In the am I took the baking soda and sea salt again but it cause vomiting. I ate a bowl of bran and retook the 1/2 tsp of baking soda with no salt and had two excellent results within 30 minutes! I feel so much better. My question is, how often should and can I safely take the baking soda for my pregnancy related constipation and what other vitamins and minerals do you recomennd for healthy growth and development of my child? This is my third pregnancy with children as of yet. First pregnancy a bilghted ovum and second was a molar pregnancy. Thank you for your time

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts


Most pregnancy can cause extreme acidosis which results in constipation, as a result of the growing baby as it produces a lot of toxic wastes to the mother. There are actually two kinds of acidosis, one where the body is generally acid, and another one where the intracellularly cells are acidic, which is often referred to as lactic acidosis. Usually apple cider vinegar and baking soda is best with lactic acidosis, while lemon and baking soda remedy helps stabilize the urinary pH. Ideally measuring urinary pH around 6.5 - 7.5, where 7.0 I think will cause the least of the problems. Nausea and dizziness can sometime be helped with a drop of peppermint oil, while magnesium usually reduces cramps.

The constipation, using baking soda and sea salt is taken on an empty stomach. Apparently you were eating food. The body is already in acid condition with more food, will obviously cause the body to vomit to get rid of excess acid, in a desperate act. Electrolytes may help in such instance, after vomiting to normalize the body's electrolytes.

Another way to reduce constipation is to add baking soda along with the food. This helps too, so you did it correctly.

how often should and can I safely take the baking soda for my pregnancy related constipation and what other vitamins and minerals do you recomennd for healthy growth and development of my child?

The dose of 1/4 teaspoon baking soda taken in the morning and before bedtime, and some magnesium is often a minimum dose just enough to get by. There is no way to say the optimum dose since everyone's weight is different. You can find out if you have an electronic pH meter which will usually determine if urinary pH is within normal range. There are other parameters, but this is the most important one.

While 1/4 teaspoon baking soda this won't stop constipation, it will at least reduce it. Also, adding 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in one liter of drinking water of good quality should help further preventing the constipation. It should be noted that there is a world of difference between a common salt (pH is 5.0) and a sea salt (pH is usually about 7.5-8.5).

There are special vitamins for pregnant mothers, are preferred, which usually consists of vitamin B complex, mineral and other vitamins.

Usually avoiding animal meats and fatty and oily foods during dinner is the key time where the body has a tendency to be constipated. Vitamin C sodium ascorbate and apple cider vinegar can also neutralize some of the toxic wastes also.

It is helpful that at this stage the getting a hair mineral analysis is important. I experienced a mother who had several child learning behavior which were caused by toxic heavy metals and mineral imbalances were being high by the mother, and that effected the child's later development during her term pregnancy. If that would have been known, all the children would not have learning disorder in the future. Mineral imbalance can also lead to constipation (where certain minerals on the right side of periodic table are "acid formers", while on left side are alkaline forming elements) and this is why sea salt can resolve this since it is more naturally balanced in general compared to the artificial foods we prepared.