Natural Ways to Fight Morning Sickness
The Best Home Remedies for Morning Sickness
The first trimester of your pregnancy is usually the worst because of morning sickness. You basically are hit with a strong feeling of nausea and the sudden need to vomit. Morning sickness affects at least half of expecting mothers, with some being more affected than others. This happens because of the increase of hormones in your body.
While it often occurs first thing in the morning as soon as you get out of bed, it can hit you at any time of day or even at night. Your doctor can prescribe medications that will help with nausea, and while these may be safe for your unborn baby, you may want to try some home remedies to help you first.
Tips for Combatting Morning Sickness
Eat Saltine Crackers
Keep a package of Saltine crackers on your nightstand. Eat two or three just after you wake up and before you get out of bed. When you get out of bed, get out of bed slowly. You might feel nauseous when you first wake up if you rise too quickly.
Take Deep Breaths
When you feel a bout of nausea coming on, take deep breaths. Breathe in slowly through your nose, and exhale slowly through your mouth. Doing this breathing technique can help reduce your symptoms.
Find Ways to Relax
Being relaxed helps when it comes to reducing morning sickness symptoms. If you are stressed about your job or your future addition to your family, you are more likely to suffer from morning sickness. Consider talking to a counselor, meditating, doing prenatal yoga, etc.
Take a Bath
Consider taking a relaxing bath before you go to bed by adding 5–10 drops of chamomile or lavender oil to the water. Both of these essential oils contain calming and relaxing properties.
Drink Caffeine-Free Tea
Add herbal tea to your daily diet. Not only are herbal teas caffeine-free, but there are some herbs that work wonders when it comes to morning sickness.
The Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger has been used for many years to settle the stomach. Sipping ginger tea throughout the day helps relieve the symptoms of morning sickness. You can purchase bagged teas or you can make your own with ginger root. Ginger root can be found in the produce section of most grocery stores. Here's how to use it:
- Cut off a quarter of an inch of the root.
- Put the root in two to three cups of boiling water.
- Allow it to brew for at least 10 minutes before drinking.
If you can handle the hotness of ginger, try eating a small piece of ginger when you first wake up. This will help fight off nausea. Keep a few small pieces in a Ziploc sandwich bag and carry it with you whenever you are out of the house. Since this is an acquired taste, you may want to try other approaches.
Gingerbread cookies and biscuits can be a sweet addition to your baking routine. You can also purchase crystalized ginger at most groceries.
As a precaution, ginger is a natural blood thinner. Therefore, you need to talk to your doctor to see how much ginger is safe to take on a daily basis. You should stop taking ginger once you are through the morning sickness phase.
Morning sickness can creep up on you at any time of the day, so be prepared and take your remedies with you as you go throughout the day.
The Health Benefits of Peppermint
Peppermint is excellent for morning sickness because it contains both anti-viral and calming properties. So, how can peppermint help with morning sickness?
- When you wake up, stick a piece of peppermint chewing gum in your mouth.
- If you're not a fan of chewing gum, you can also purchase peppermint tea from most grocery stores. Make sure to purchase peppermint tea that does not contain caffeine.
- You can also make your own tea by putting three peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water; allow it to steep for at least 10 minutes.
- You can also suck on peppermint candy throughout the day.
Pregnancy and Sensitivity to Smells
While you are pregnant, your nose is going to be more sensitive to smells. While it might be pleasing in some ways, just the whiff of certain odors may send you running to the bathroom. This is where peppermint essential oil comes in handy.
How to Use Peppermint Essential Oil
- Fill a bowl of water and place it on your nightstand. Put three drops of essential oil in the water. When you wake up, the scent of the oil may calm any nausea that is stirring.
- Burn three drops of oil in a diffuser. Soon the smell of peppermint will be throughout the room. (Never burn oil before going to bed and do not leave the burner unattended.)
- Put three drops on a handkerchief. Keep this as you are going around doing your daily chores. If you feel nausea coming on, take a whiff of the handkerchief.
As a precaution, never consume peppermint essential oil as it is considered dangerous for both you and your unborn child.
The Health Benefits of Vitamin B6
Consider eating foods that contain vitamin B6. B6 helps to boost the immune system and can reduce the severity of morning sickness. The following foods contain a good amount of vitamin B6:
Vitamin B6-Containing Foods
The Health Benefits of Vitamin C
Don't forget about vitamin C. Vitamin C is another major immune system booster. The following foods contain a good amount of vitamin C:
Vitamin C-Containing Foods
Lemons and Limes
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Additional Tips for Combating Morning Sickness
It is always important to eat, even if the thought of food brings on nausea. If you go without eating, the symptoms of morning sickness will only get worse. Remember that your unborn baby needs to be fed and is taking nutrients from your body. Therefore, you need to keep replenishing these nutrients.
Eat Small, Frequent Meals
Rather than eating three large meals a day, eat smaller meals throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is to eat something every two hours. If you need to go out, carry healthy snacks such as cheese and crackers with you.
Take Your Vitamin at Night
If you are not sure if you are getting enough vitamins, you can take a multi-vitamin along with your prenatal ones that the doctor prescribed. It is better to take them at night since it gives your body a chance to absorb them before morning sickness strikes.
Remember to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. For a citrusy flavor, add a slice of lemon or lime. Stick to juice that contains 100% juice. To make sure that you are giving your body enough electrolytes, you can drink Gatorade and Powerade. Avoid soft drinks that contain caffeine (having ginger ale is not a bad idea). And of course, avoid alcohol. This is dangerous for your unborn baby.
Always Communicate With Your Doctor
While some of the remedies mentioned above might work, others might not. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep trying each suggestion until you find what works for you. While morning sickness should disappear after the end of the first trimester, some individuals have it throughout the entire pregnancy. If you are one of those unlucky few, it is best to talk to your doctor so he can help ensure that you and your unborn baby remain healthy.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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