Morning sickness symptoms begin somewhere between four to eight weeks after conception. They usually fade after the first trimester, but in some cases, they can last longer. Morning sickness happens in around 50% of pregnancies, and each woman will experience symptoms which can vary in severity and longevity. Most often feel queasy and nauseous and in many cases need to vomit. These reactions can be caused by smells and tastes that become unattractive to you now that you are pregnant. It is a good idea to know some remedies that can ease the suffering, so here are the ten best remedies for morning sickness.
Ginger has been used for centuries to settle queasiness. Best to use fresh ginger to make a tea by grating or slicing a 3-centimeter piece of peeled ginger into some boiled water and letting it steep. Other drinks made with real ginger may help, but stay away from carbonated ginger drinks, or wait till they go flat to sip frequently throughout the day. Gingersnaps or ginger candies may help but take note that their sugar content may be quite high. Ginger tea bags are also available if you can’t get any fresh ginger.
Mint is a calming herb. The intense flavor can put minds and bodies at ease as it is also good to relieve headaches. You can easily chew on a fresh mint leaf or two, or put fresh mint leaves in boiling water to brew tea. If you like ginger, you can add a few slices or a squeeze of lemon. Peppermint tea bags are also useful and available in most supermarkets. While science hasn’t proven that mint tea relieves nausea, your doctor may recommend it. Use trial and error to find your personal preference for mint tea. Avoid any mint tea if you suffer from heartburn during pregnancy.
Citrus can help soothe the stomach. There are many ways to make this happen rather than sucking on a lemon wedge, which may not be that pleasant. Sniffing a slice of cut lemon or even scratching the skin so the zest comes off and you can smell the lemon is an excellent way to calm yourself. Drinking water with lemon will help keep you hydrated as well, or you can add the rind of grapefruit, orange, lemon or tangerine to your tea. You can also try sucking on lemon drops or drink flat lemonade, but be aware of their sugar content.
Crackers or Toast
Dry toast or saltine crackers are an excellent way to settle your stomach while still being able to put something into it and keep it down. You can try eating a few crackers in bed before you start the day; this can help alleviate queasiness in the morning. Other bland foods such as bread or mashed potatoes may also help. Add some peanut butter if just the toast or crackers alone are too hard to get down.
If you haven’t discovered bone broth yet, you are in for a treat. Made from beef or chicken soup bones, you cook up this wonderful soup, marrow and all, and then strain as if it were a tea. Drinking this slowly at intervals throughout the day is not only good for morning sickness but also your overall pregnancy health. You are getting hydrated and filling up with proteins, magnesium, calcium and other nutrients and amino acids. It soothes your digestion and strengthens the stomach. Bone broth has a strong flavor; if you can’t drink it on its own, try adding ginger, lemon, and honey to taste.
The level of magnesium in your body impacts a lot of bodily functions. Energy and metabolism, hormone balance, detoxification, protein creation, and, you guessed it, nausea. Low blood sugar often causes morning sickness. The primary hormone balancing your blood sugar is cortisol, and magnesium balances cortisol. You can get lots of magnesium from foods, but you can also take a supplement after discussing it with your physician.
Another remedy for morning sickness is B6. The standard dose of this vitamin specifically for morning sickness is between 10 and 25 milligrams, three times a day. Please be careful not to exceed 100 milligrams of vitamin B6 in a day as it can lead to temporary nerve damage. It’s best to check with your doctor before you begin any course of extra vitamins. Taking B6 vitamin supplements may lessen your nausea, but it won’t stop vomiting. Alternatively, you can find B6 in avocados, bananas, and chicken.
Drinking water keeps us hydrated and keeps our system in check as you are continually flushing it out. Pregnant women who drink a glass of water every hour may have less morning sickness symptoms than those who don’t. Yes, you will be going to the toilet more often, but this is also beneficial to your health. You can also try drinking sports drinks to keep hydrated. These are perfect for replacing electrolytes that you may lose through vomiting, as they are full of glucose, potassium, and salts.
If you’d like to try something that doesn’t include eating, drinking, or smelling, Sea bands have been clinically tested to fight nausea and morning sickness. They do this by containing acupuncture pulse points sewn into the wristband. When you wear them, these particular pinpoints stimulate the P6 pressure point on the wrist, which is precisely the point that relieves nausea and vomiting. They are a one size fits all, drug-free wonder, and worth a try, especially if you are traveling. You can buy Sea bands from your local pharmacy or sizeable Walmart store.
A popular therapy in the modern age is acupuncture. One study about morning sickness considered more than 600 women in the early stages of their pregnancies. These women received acupuncture for 20 minutes, every week, and the results showed that their morning sickness was significantly improved. It’s not a one-off cure though as you need to have regular sessions. Performed by a trained professional who places small needles into pressure points in the abdomen and forearm, acupuncture is not for everyone but is a valid option for helping relieve morning sickness symptoms.