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Putting the Brakes on Morning Sickness

Anne Sommers, Licensed Midwife

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Quite often I am asked what can be done to stop morning sickness. The immediate remedy is to take a Vitamin B complex — by injection, liquid (for many women easier to digest) or tablets. Take the Vitamin B complex tablets with Vitamin C to aid in absorption and eat a high protein diet. Vitamin B's support the liver, the organ responsible for filtering hormones and toxins from the body.

Toxins make you nauseous. A high protein diet will stabilize your the blood sugar level which, when it falls causes nausea. When you eat and your food is broken down, the excess glucose is turned into glycogen by the pancreas. The liver stores glycogen. The adrenal glands under stress nudge the liver into producing stored sugar (glycogen). Nausea, morning sickness, and hypoglycemia generally involve 3 organs:

  • Liver - The liver detoxifies the generous amounts of hormones that flow through the body in pregnancy.
  • Adrenals - Call on liver for more glycogen. When we are stressed, the adrenals go into action, we require more glycogen. Tension, exercise, growing a baby will increase the need for glycogen.
  • Pancreas - Can over-produce insulin.

Through the American diet, this organ has been over stimulated. Too much insulin production can cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar

Reduce the intake of carbohydrates and processed sugar. Eat regularly 6 meals a day (same time). Participate in regular activity (same time). Remember, your baby is drawing on your reserves constantly. And what you ate and what your activity level was two days ago will have an effect on how you feel today.

Other signs of hypoglycemia include:

  • insomnia,
  • allergies,
  • forgetfulness,
  • leg cramps,
  • cold sweats,
  • anxiety,
  • fainting,
  • headaches,
  • dizziness,
  • heart palpitations,
  • rapid pulse,
  • weak spells,
  • depression,
  • irritability,
  • crying spells,
  • and blurred vision.
Anne Sommers, LM is a Licensed Midwife in Southern California and founder of Agape Perinatal Consultation & Birthing Services. Anne has attended and personally delivered hundreds of beautiful bouncing babies in some very wonderful and natural settings -- like in the water! She has appeared on various Southern California radio and cable television shows, talked to birth organizations, was editor for several child birth publications and was the owner, editor and publisher of "Mom" Magazine, a quarterly publication in circulation for over seven years. She completed Seattle Midwifery School's Challenge Process and the NARM exam (supervised by the California Medical Board) qualifying her for midwifery licensure. Anne actually made history as noted in the Orange County Register for being one of Southern California's first Licensed Midwives. She is also the mother of two children, born at home, with the attendance of midwives.

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Tanya Skipper May 29, 2005 01:15:48 AM ET

I am about 6 weels pregant. i have had moring sickness how long dose it last. is it usually that it can come on last and only when you eat sertain foods?

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