4 Natural Morning Sickness Remedies

November 12, 2012

4 Natural Morning Sickness Remedies

Morning sickness only happens to 50% of pregnant women. But those 50% with morning sickness sure suffer and are desperate for morning sickness remedies. Morning sickness can happen at any time of day, but mostly when the woman’s stomach is empty, such as when she wakes up from sleep. The sudden waves of nausea are thought to be triggered by the hormonal roller-coaster that a woman’s body goes through during the first trimester.

Most women’ queasy stomachs settle back down by the beginning of the second trimester, or about the 25th week. But there’s no need to wait until the second trimester to get relief from these five natural morning sickness remedies.

Bland Foods

Slowly eating bland food like plain saltines, soda crackers, plain popcorn, low-salt pretzels, dry toast or a plain slice of bread can help get food into your stomach and calm down nausea. Some women swear by a plain banana while some women swear at bananas because they cannot keep fruit down on an empty stomach.

Keep these bland morning sickness remedies right by your bed so that you can eat as soon as you wake up. Nibble the food so that you can gradually introduce it to your stomach. Keep a small bag or box of these foods in your car or your purse so that you can grab them whenever you feel nausea creep up.

Aromatherapy

Many pregnant women have a heightened sense of smell. The smells of some food like frying chips, coffee or a hard-boiled egg can suddenly trigger nausea. But this heightened sense of smell can be used to your advantage. Taking a whiff of a comforting smell that makes you relax can help quell nausea. Peppermint oil, thyme oil and lavender oil have been known as morning sickness remedies for centuries.

Do not drink the oil or place on your skin. Place one or two drops on a handkerchief or tissue and inhale when needed. You can also use an aromatherapy lamp or diffuser to help disperse the smells throughout the room. Also, try to stay away from foods that emit smells that trigger your nausea.

Ginger

Ginger has been used to help nausea of all sorts. If you’ve ever been given a ginger snap for motion sickness or a cup of ginger tea after a big dinner, then you’ve experienced the relaxing and warming powers of ginger. The most common forms of ginger morning sickness remedies are ginger tea, ginger ale soft drinks, candied ginger and ginger snaps. Some women even swallow a gram of powdered ginger.

If you have had a history of blood clotting disorders or miscarriages, talk to your doctor or obstetrician first before using ginger.

Acupressure Motion Sickness Bands

These wrist bands are often available in pharmacies or large department stores. Although marketed to help quell motion sickness, some women find that they help with morning sickness. If you have ever tried an acupressure band for motion sickness and it worked, then there’s a very good chance that acupressure bands will relieve your morning sickness symptoms.

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