13 Ways to Naturally Relieve Morning SicknessKatlyn Joy |30, September 2014
At least half of pregnant women, and perhaps up to 80 percent, experience morning sickness. It is not harmful to the baby, and indeed, may be a good indication of a healthy pregnancy. According to the National Institutes of Health, it might be a sign that you are carrying a girl, since pregnancies with girls result in more morning sickness.
The symptoms of nausea and possibly vomiting usually sets in around 4 to 6 weeks after conception and can last until mid-pregnancy. For some unfortunate few, it may last during the entire pregnancy. Despite the name, it may hit in the evening or afternoon, or stick around for the whole day.
While there is medication available for anti-nausea, many pregnant women are reluctant to take it. If you don't want to take medication to fight nausea, there are plenty of safe and natural choices to help alleviate this troubling symptom of pregnancy.
13 Ways to Calm Morning Sickness
1. Never rush out of bed.
Many women find that if they jump out of bed, they are much more likely to experience nausea. Instead, rise slowly and have a cool drink and some crackers on your bedside, to nibble on while you gradually prepare to get out of bed.
2. Find a friend in peppermint.
Peppermint has long been known to fight nausea. You can use it in a number of ways, from sucking on a mint, to drinking a cup of peppermint tea, to putting drops of peppermint oil on a cloth and sniffing it whenever the icky feeling comes calling.
3. Eat protein and carbohydrates.
These are great to try during times you know the nausea often occurs. Avoid greasy foods and anything too heavy.
4. Be a grazer not a binge eater.
Aim to eat several small meals a day. Eating large meals are more likely to upset your stomach.
5. Avoid smells that turn your stomach.
Pregnancy can cause food aversions with your sense of smell nearly as strong as a Grizzly bear's. You need to learn what smells offend you and avoid those. It could be anything from your husband's cologne, to eggs, to freshly cut grass.
6. Drink ginger tea.
Ginger is a popular morning sickness home remedy. Some also swear by chamomile. Just be sure to sip not slurp. Slow is key. You can also nibble on gingersnaps or other ginger-laden snacks.
7. Drink plenty of water.
Becoming dehydrated elevates your risk of feeling sickly. While pregnant, you are more prone to dehydration. If water is a sure way to induce vomiting, then try some chilled ginger ale, lemon-lime soda, or other decaffeinated pops.
8. Try a whiff of lemon.
The scent of lemon is also known to help fight nausea.
9. Loosen up.
Although you are doubtful to be showing, you may have some tight waistbands, often due to bloating. Wear loose-fitting clothing, and especially clothes that don't bind on your waist.
10. Ask your doctor about vitamin B6.
Vitamin B6 is a standard morning sickness remedy. Be sure to consult with your physician before you take it so you know the right dose for you.
11. Don't skip your prenatal vitamin.
However, you probably won't want to take it first thing in the morning when your stomach has been empty so long. If you suspect your vitamin is making you feel more ill, ask your doctor about taking one with a lower iron content, as long as you are not anemic. You could also try breaking the pill in half in taking it twice a day, as this may be more tolerable to your stomach.
12. Get plenty of sleep.
Make your bedroom a place to sleep or share intimacy only. No TV, work or couch-substitute. Use lavender scents, a sleep mask, earplugs, a warm bubble bath to help you fall asleep.
13. Open the windows or turn on the fan.
Keep your rooms well ventilated and never allow yourself to become overheated. Sometimes just cooling off the room or getting a breath of fresh air is all you need to fight off nausea.
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