Research suggests that about 80% of all pregnant women suffer from morning sickness, nausea and vomiting. If anything, the experience is totally horrible and leaves most women struggling hard to find remedies that may help them avert morning sickness. To be honest, the internet is full of remedies meant to help such women out, but do they all work? No!
In such cases, women are left with trying multiple remedies just to find the one that will ease their suffering. All in all, morning sickness doesn’t have to be something that you just grin and bear. To help you out, here’s a list of morning sickness remedies that are DEFINITELY going to help you out:
15 Get Lots of Sleep
Experts suggest that women who want to curb their morning sickness should get as many hours of sleep as possible. If you have a legitimate need, go for 10 hours of sleep at night too and nap during the day as well. 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!
14 Stop Stressing Out
If you are experiencing a bit of stress during pregnancy, then feel free to experiment with relaxation and complementary therapies. If need be, make sure that you take time off work and rest it out particularly during 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.
Ginger is known as a highly effective remedy against morning sickness. Irrespective of how you wish to take it, whether it is in the form of ginger ale, tea or perhaps even raw, you can assure yourself that your nausea is going to stop in its tracks.
Ginger is so effective at curbing nausea because ginger promotes the secretion of several digestive enzymes/juices that assist in the neutralization of stomach acid. Moreover, it is known to contain phenols that are known to relax stomach muscles and act as a ‘sedative’ on irritated stomach tissues, thereby reducing over-activity of the stomach.
Ginger can be taken in capsule form, grated into a soothing soup or even nibbled raw so as to reduce morning sickness.
12 You Need to Give Priority to Your Rest Time
If you truly want to get rid of morning sickness, it is extremely important for you to give priority to your rest time. Feel free to tell the people around you how important it is for you to rest properly. You can always ask your closest friends and family members to help you clean the house/cook the dinner and do other stuff around the house so you can relax a bit.
11 Smaller Food Portions Work Better
In order to curb nausea during pregnancy, it is best for you to break a hearty meal into several smaller meals and portions. At breakfast, consider having pears, cold applesauce, bananas or any other citrus fruit that will help you feel satisfied.
After a few hours, have a little baked potatoes. Although they are less tasty, they are packed full of nutrition and will also help you feel full. 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.
10 Don’t Stay Hungry
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, which will make your nausea symptoms worse.
9 Ensure Good Fluid Intake
Staying hydrated at all times is necessary for you to manage your overall health and well-being. This particularly holds true for when you are pregnant. 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. In case you find it hard to drink so much water, you should consider having juices or maybe even suck on ice cubes.
8 Increase Your Vitamin B12 Intake
An increased intake of vitamin B12 can assist in curbing your morning sickness and nausea in general. So what foods should you consume to increase your intake of vitamin B12? Start with bell peppers, spinach, pork, tuna, salmon, chicken, turkey, green peas, yams, sardines, beef, scallops, yogurt, hazelnuts, cashews and lamb.
These either make great snacks, starters, sides or main courses. Increasing your vitamin B12 intake alone might not curb your nausea, but combined with one of these other suggestions might be just the cure you've been searching for.
7 Vitamin B6 Can Help Too
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.
6 Speak to Your Doctor About Iron Pills
The thing with iron pills is that these tend to make pregnant women feel super queasy at times by triggering severe nausea. In order to avert morning sickness and nausea in general, it is highly recommended for you to speak to your doctor and ask him to prescribe a lower dosage of iron pills or a slower-release form of iron.
5 Try Acupuncture
Research suggests that acupuncture can go a long way in reducing the symptoms of morning sickness. However, if you really want it to work, then it is necessary for you to go for acupuncture treatments on a regular basis – at least twice a week.
Another technique used called acupressure focuses on using gentle pressure instead of 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 considering that these apply pressure on a nerve in the center of your wrist and will help curb your nausea and morning sickness.
4 Put on Acupressure Bands the Moment You Wake Up
For 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.
3 Lemons Can Help Too
Lemons are tart and tangy, which is perhaps the reason why they work so wonderfully against nausea and morning sickness. It is highly recommended for pregnant women to pop a slice of lemon into a mug of hot water and sip on it slowly all through the day.
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.
Oh yes, certain cocktails can also help you alleviate morning sickness. 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.
When it comes to food, crackers are actually considered a prized possession for pregnant women. Not only are they inexpensive, portable and easy to digest, they can definitely help you curb nausea. For nausea in general, your best bets are whole-wheat crackers, plain popcorn, pretzels and low-salt soda crackers. In order to curb morning sickness, have a bit of these first thing in the morning before even getting out of bed.