Must-Try Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness
Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness
Some women feel it all day every day during pregnancy. Some don’t feel it at all. Morning sickness can be as mild as a feeling of nausea that comes and goes, or so relentless that it causes hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition where the vomiting is so severe it can result in weight loss, dehydration, and even hospitalization. Though there are some medications your doctor can recommend to reduce morning sickness, they often have undesirable side effects. There are plenty of natural remedies for morning sickness that you can try at home.
Do I have morning sickness?
Despite its name, morning sickness can happen at any time, day or night. Morning sickness is the nausea and vomiting many women feel in the early weeks of pregnancy. At least 60% of pregnant women, in fact, experience some form of morning sickness throughout pregnancy. While it’s certainly different for each woman, morning sickness usually goes away by the second trimester (around 14 weeks).
Natural remedies and tricks
Morning sickness can make the initial excitement of pregnancy turn to feelings of misery, and fast. No one likes to feel like she’s going to throw up any minute! After consulting with your doctor or midwife, consider trying one of these natural remedies for morning sickness:
- Acupressure wrist bands – Sold over the counter in drug stores to treat motion sickness, sea bands put pressure on an acupressure point on your inner wrist which is supposed to help reduce the nausea from morning sickness.
- Hypnosis and acupuncture – Some women find that hypnosis or acupuncture relieve morning sickness.
- Ginger, lemon, peppermint – Ginger has been linked with relieving an upset stomach and is easy to incorporate into your diet with ginger ale, ginger chews, ginger tea, or anything made with real ginger. Smelling lemon and peppermint might help with the nausea.
- Vitamin B6 – Taking a B6 supplement can help reduce nausea; just make sure you don’t ingest more than 200 mg daily.
- Balance full and empty – Having a full stomach can make you feel nauseous, and having an empty stomach can make you feel nauseous. Keeping a good balance between the two can help. Don’t drink any liquids with your meals as this can make you feel fuller. Instead, drink 30 minutes before and/or after eating. Have healthy snacks available at home and on the go so you never have an empty stomach. Eat smaller meals more frequently.
- Keep it bland – Spicy, greasy, fatty foods can make that nausea flare up. When you feel nauseous, eat bland foods like Jell-O, crackers, dry toast, or popsicles.
- Stay cool – Being in warm environments – and sometimes even eating warm foods – can increase nausea. Avoid this by keeping yourself cool.
- Avoid strong smells – Pregnancy can make your sense of smell more acute. Avoid strong smells that can turn your stomach such as cigarette smoke or perfume. If the smells of food bother you when you cook, keep the kitchen well ventilated or take a break from cooking for a few weeks.
- Get active – Exercise can help in alleviating nausea and can benefit you in so many other ways during pregnancy.
- Check your prenatal vitamin – Some women feel nauseous from the iron in prenatal vitamins. Talk to your healthcare provider about switching to a liquid prenatal supplement or try taking the pill in the evening rather than first thing in the morning when your stomach is empty.
- Get plenty of rest – Pregnancy takes a lot of energy! Morning sickness certainly doesn’t help, so give yourself enough rest to get through it.
Morning sickness is just a common ill effect of pregnancy, but it’s awful when you are experiencing it. With a little research, experimentation, and consultation with your doctor, you could find a natural remedy that works for you. Hang in there! Having that baby is totally worth it all.
What helps you alleviate morning sickness? Share your successes in the comments!