Tips for Safe Morning Sickness Relief
Natural Ways to Relieve Morning Sickness
Morning sickness: It can make you feel the most nauseous you’ve ever felt in your life. Yet, ironically, it’s never been more crucial that you’re careful about medications that can pose a risk to your baby. That’s why so many women seek out the most natural remedies possible to counter nausea, dizziness and vomiting.
The most-frequently suggested morning sickness remedies are considered extremely safe. It’s a good idea, however, to check with your obstetrician to make sure there are no specific risks associated with your pregnancy that would make any of them a bad idea for you to take.
These wristbands work by applying gentle pressure on your wrists — a form of continual acupressure. Pressing down on these particular pressure points can greatly decrease morning sickness symptoms in many women. You’ll find them in drug stores, natural food store and online.
Pregnancy often brings with it an excess of acid and bile in system, which leads to vomiting and nausea. Some women find relief by eating umeboshi plums, the Asian-style pickled fruits which are quite sour. This alkalinity helps balance a pregnant woman’s system, providing symptom relief. Try having one plum at each meal. If the texture bothers you, make a tea by simmering them in water for about 20 minutes, which packs a similar alkaline punch.
Ginger is frequently mentioned as an anti-nausea natural treatment, and that especially holds true with this versatile spice. For pregnant women, who have notoriously changeable cravings, ginger is ideal because there are so many ways you can use it — and so many forms it can take. Have flat ginger ale when you crave cool refreshment, or ginger tea when a warm drink sounds soothing. You’ll even find ginger candy ginger gum and, of course, ginger snaps. The freshly-grated root is perfect for slipping into herbal teas to combine with other flavors. Or add it to stir-fries and stews, when “morning sickness” threatens to stretch into dinner.
Herbal teas are universally cherished for their soothing qualities, and a few are especially good for morning sickness. Along with ginger tea, peppermint is another well-known stomach soother. If those flavors seem a little too sharp for you, try lemon balm. This citrus-flavored herb, which is a mint relative, is said to soothe nausea and headaches, while also providing a mild mood boost. For a sweetly floral touch, try chamomile or linden flower tea. Some women find that lemon banishes their symptoms. Squeeze a fresh lemon quarter into hot water throughout the day, as needed.
A deficiency in vitamin B6 is suspected as a cause of morning sickness in some women. Consider taking a supplement of this vitamin. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes that the supplement is considered safe and natural, but check with your own doctor before you try it, as well advice as to how much you should take.
A Morning Cracker
The old wives’ tales are true: A few saltines, or other plain crackers, can help settle your stomach if you have them before getting out of bed. Dry toast helps too, but crackers are obviously more convenient items to keep by you at all times. They’re also helpful if you’re hung up in a meeting or running errands, and can’t get to a more balanced meal.
A weekly session of acupuncture therapy can do wonders in some women, according to research conducted at an Australian maternity hospital. Acupuncture needles injected on the forearms and abdomen were found to be the most effective. Acupuncture is not always readily available or covered by insurance, but for women who are finding that morning sickness interferes with the quality of life, even just one treatment can make a big difference.
Grease is the word — to avoid. Greasy and fatty foods aggravate nausea in many first-trimester women. Most women find bland foods the easiest to digest. Several smaller snacks during the course of the day are much better for combatting pregnancy nausea that a few heavy meals, or letting your stomach get empty. Drinking plenty of fluids also combats that empty stomach feeling, and just as importantly, stops you from getting dehydrated after vomiting. And never underestimate the power of fresh air to calm a whirling head. Even if you don’t feel up to a walk, simply opening a window may help alleviate mild morning sickness.