According to research, nearly 80% of pregnant women suffer from some degree of morning sickness or nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. As you can imagine, the entire experience is rather horrible and many expectant mums are found struggling hard to find remedies that may help them get rid of it. The fact of the matter is that morning sickness doesn’t have to be something that you just grin and bear – there are a lot of treatment options out there that can help you feel much better and get rid of that queasy feeling.
Just because morning sickness is a normal part of pregnancy doesn’t mean that you don’t try to treat or at least reduce it. Given below is a list of some tried and tested methods that are known to work and have long helped pregnant women at least reduce, if not treat, their morning sickness. What you need to remember here is that it may take a bit of experimentation for you to work out the method that works best for you. However, if you are throwing up several times a day and find it hard to eat or drink anything without vomiting, then make sure that you get in touch with your doctor right away.
Ginger is largely known as one of the most effective remedies against morning sickness. Whether you take it in the form of tea, ginger ale or even raw, you can rest-assured that it will help you stop nausea in its tracks. The thing with ginger is that it promotes the secretion of several digestive enzymes/juices that assist in the neutralization of stomach acid. It additionally contains phenols that are known to relax stomach muscles and act as a ‘sedative’ on irritated stomach tissues, thereby reducing over activity of the stomach.
Apart from that, the phenols found in ginger assist the intestines in moving digested food and toxins through your system quicker, thereby passing any bad stuff that maybe making you feel sick faster. Ginger can be taken in capsule form, grated into a soothing soup or even nibbled raw so as to reduce morning sickness. From what I have heard, one of the best ways to calm your stomach during pregnancy is to drink fresh ginger tea. For this, just wash and peel your gingerroot and slice it into small pieces. Once done, cover them with wax paper and crush the pieces to make them extra small. Now boil 2 cups of water and add the ginger to it – let it boil for about 3-5 minutes. Remove it from heat and strain the tea if you want. If need be, add a little honey to it and sip slowly.
Side-effects of ginger
Ginger is quite like prescribed medicines and tends to have adverse effects too. For one, it may trigger acid reflux and heart burn and can affect your blood-clotting mechanism as well.
6 Get lots of sleep
If you truly want to curb your morning sickness, then experts suggest you should get as many hours of sleep as you feel you need. If need be, go for as much as 10 hours of sleep a night together with a nap during the day. If you find yourself falling asleep on the spot then don’t be surprised because the first trimester can be fairly overwhelming for your body. The best thing to do is to just follow your instincts and listen to your body’s demands. Rest-assured that this phase will come to an end and soon you will crave getting a full night’s worth of sleep!
If you are experiencing a bit of stress, then feel free to experiment with relaxation and complementary therapies. Consider taking a bit of time off work and get as much rest as possible all through the first trimester. Trust me, getting that extra bit of sleep can go a long way in terms of helping you reduce your stress levels and in controlling your morning sickness. If you don’t feel like eating, don’t worry about it – you can get all the nutrients your body and baby need later on when the nausea subsides.
Get your priorities right
To cut down on that darn morning sickness, it is vital for you to prioritize rest time for yourself. Tell everyone around you how important it is for you to rest (show them this article if you want) and then insist that they help you clean the house/cook the dinner and do other stuff around the house so you can relax a bit.
5 Have small food portion sizes
To lower your chances of experiencing nausea during pregnancy, it is highly recommended for you to always have a bit of food in your stomach. If you do, there’s a good chance that the symptoms of nausea that you have will be milder. However, if you have an empty stomach, the acids in there won’t have a thing to work on apart from the stomach lining, hence worsening your nausea. To reduce your morning sickness, have some peanut butter snacks, salty cracker or some other protein packed snack before getting out of bed in the morning.
To be able to combat morning sickness, it is necessary for you to have something in your stomach at all times. For this reason, instead of having a huge hearty meal, break it into pieces and have smaller sized portions every now and then. At breakfast, consider having pears, cold apple sauce, bananas or any other citrus fruit that will help you feel satisfied. After a while, have a bit of baked potatoes as these are highly nutritious although less tasty. The potassium found in the potatoes and fruits will go a long way in terms of helping you prevent morning sickness. For dinner, have something that is high in protein so that your blood-glucose levels may be regulated.
Ensure good fluid intake
Staying hydrated is extremely important for your overall health and well-being, particularly during pregnancy. With morning sickness, you may not feel like having your recommended eight glasses of water a day, but the more dehydrated you are, the more nauseated you are going to feel. If you can’t drink water, try sucking ice cubes and have a bit of apple cider vinegar.
4 Increase your vitamin Band Bintake
An increased intake of vitamin B6 and B12 can go a long way in helping you control your morning sickness and nausea in general. Foods that are rich in these vitamins include spinach, bell peppers, salmon, tuna, beef, pork, turkey, chicken, yams, green peas, turnip greens, asparagus, broccoli, peanuts, lentils, hazelnuts, cashews and sunflower seeds. Foods that are particularly high in vitamin B12 include lamb, salmon, sardines, scallops, beef, venison, raw milk and yogurt. However, you need to bear in mind that vitamin B6 tends to degrade when exposed to heat, so make sure that you prepare all abovementioned items at the lowest possible temperature.
Research suggests that taking a bit of extra vitamin B6 in particular can assist in relieving the queasiness women feel because of morning sickness. If anything, experts have labeled it as effective as ginger in controlling nausea and morning sickness. For this purpose, it is recommended for you to take 10 to 25 mg of vitamin B6 or pyridoxine three times a day. However, before getting started, make sure that you get in touch with your doctor as excessive amounts of vitamin B6 can lead to nerve damage and numbness and in the worst case, it may even harm your developing baby.
Seek advice on taking iron pills as well
Many pregnant women tend to become nauseous because of the iron supplements that their doctors ask them to take during pregnancy. To be able to curb your morning sickness and nausea in general, just contact your doctor and ask her to prescribe you a lower dosage or a slower-release form of iron.
3 Acupuncture or acupressure
Several research studies have found that acupuncture or acupressure has the potential to relieve or at least reduce the symptoms of morning sickness. However, for it to work, the treatment needs to be regular, at least twice a week.
The technique used in acupuncture focuses on using gentle pressure or tiny needles to hit certain nerve centers in the body and has been found to be extremely effective in treating nausea. For this purpose, you can wear sea bands as well as these apply pressure on a nerve in the center of your wrist and will help curb your nausea and morning sickness. But for this to work, it is vital for you to make sure that the button in the band is placed exactly on the acupuncture point. To locate this point, use one hand on the inside of your opposite wrist and measure up three finger widths from the crease between your hand and arm. Now lift the pressure off where your third finger is until you are just touching the skin and feel for a slight dip. Press this dip to the point that it starts to feel bruised. This is the exact tender point where you need to place the button on both wrists.
Put the bands on your wrists as soon as you wake up
For these acupuncture bands to work, it is highly recommended for you to put them on first thing in the morning. When you start feeling a bit of nausea, the only thing that you need to do is to press on each button about 20 times at one second intervals to treat it.
2 Lemons, lemons, lemons
With all their tart and tanginess, lemons are like a magic formula against nausea and morning sickness. To drive away nausea, experts suggest that pregnant women should pop a slice of lemon into a mug of hot water and sip on it slowly all through the day. If you want, you can even try having a bit of lemonade and if you’re desperate for help and really keen, feel free to go ahead and suck on a slice of lemon. Yes, this may sound crazy to you right now, but when it comes crunch time, you just have to do it – and well, as long as it works, right?
Lemon is so effective against nausea that even sniffing a slice of it can help curb nausea. It is for this reason that many women sniff on lemon first thing after waking up in the morning as it reduces their bouts of morning sickness. During the day, you should also have water with lemon or try another lemon-based drink to keep those feelings of nausea at bay. To get through the day, you can also chew on lemon flavored candies whenever nausea strikes. But like I said before, if nothing else seems to work, just take a fresh lemon, cut it into small pieces and bite into them to get that much-needed relief.
Stir up a cocktail
Fill half a glass with warm water and add a teaspoon each of ginger juice, lemon juice, mint juice and honey. Drink this mixture a few times each day for about four days and your nausea is definitely going to subside.
1 Crackers and potato chips
Food-wise, crackers are a prize possession for pregnant women. Apart from the fact that they are easy to digest, inexpensive and portable, these can go a long way in nipping nausea in the bud. For nausea in general, your best bets are whole-wheat crackers, plain popcorn, pretzels and low-salt soda crackers. Just nibble on them all through the day and before going to bed. To be able to cure morning sickness, have a bit of these first thing in the morning before even getting out of bed. Just stay in bed once you wake up and nibble on crackers for a while – you need to go easy in the morning because sudden transitions from the horizontal to the vertical can trigger a severe bout of nausea.
Next in line are potato chips. To be honest, pregnancy is perhaps the only time in a woman’s life when potato chips can offer a cure without triggering those feelings of guilt and shame. For many women out there, munching on a couple chips the moment nausea starts kicking in can assist in dissipating it effectively. If you find this cure working for you, stay away from the fat-free varieties of chips that contain Olestra, the fat substitute – just stick to regular potato chips as Olestra can cause diarrhea and may even rob your body of important nutrients.
Pregnant women at times have an over-production of saliva, which tends to make them feel extremely sick. If this is how you feel at any time of the day, just nibble on a handful of salt-and-vinegar chips to dry up the saliva.