Natural Remedies For Morning Sickness Wellness Mama
Natural Remedies For Morning Sickness Wellness Mama: You’ve been waiting for this day all year long and now that it’s here, you’re not feeling so great. Your morning sickness is starting early or has never left completely. You feel nauseous, dizzy, weak, and maybe even a little bit feverish. What do you do?
Unfortunately, there are no miracle cures for morning sickness (for most women). If anything, the best treatments seem to be those that help ease symptoms rather than cure them outright. But don’t despair! There are several natural remedies out there that might just get you through until lunchtime.
Here are some of the top tips I used when my first pregnancy was at its worst.
1) Stay away from alcohol. Even if you think you need it, resist the urge to drink during your pregnancy. Alcohol consumption during pregnancy causes fetal alcohol syndrome, which can cause birth defects and mental retardation. It also increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery and low-birth weight babies.
2) Don’t smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in America, but it is also dangerous during pregnancy. Smoking damages unborn fetuses by causing oxygen deprivation, as well as increasing the likelihood of miscarrying, stillborn births and preterm deliveries. Smoking can also lead to complications such as placental abruption where the placenta prematurely detaches from the uterine wall. This leaves your baby without enough nutrients and oxygen and can result in serious health problems.
3) Drink plenty of fluids. As far as liquids go, water should be your main source of hydration while pregnant. Water helps keep your body properly hydrated and regulates blood pressure. Drinking lots of water will also prevent constipation which may leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable.
4) Take folic acid supplements. Folic Acid prevents neural tube defects like spina bifuda and anencephaly. The recommended daily dose is 400mcg taken once per week.
5) Eat small, more frequent meals. When you eat too much at once, your digestive system doesn’t have time to process everything before you start feeling queasy. Eating smaller, more frequent meals allows your body to better digest what you consume. It also reduces bloating caused by excess gas and food residue building up in your intestines.
6) Chew sugarless gum. Gum contains xylitol – a substance that stimulates production of saliva and mucus. Saliva plays a key role in digestion because it lubricates the passage through the digestive tract and absorbs fats. Xylitol also decreases inflammation which contributes to morning sickness. Sugarfree gums work best for me; however, other options include chewing hard candies containing sorbitol or lactose free cookies.
7) Make ginger tea. Ginger root, fresh ginger syrup, and ground ginger can all help reduce morning sickness. Fresh ginger tastes delicious in hot drinks or puree it into smoothies. Many people claim that drinking ginger tea alleviates motion sickness, nausea, and vomiting associated with sea travel. To prepare fresh ginger tea, simply grate 2 teaspoons of peeled fresh gingerroot into 1/4 cup boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes then strain. Enjoy.
8) Skip spicy curries. Spicy dishes often contain peppermint oil, which is known to stimulate air passages and relieve coughing. Peppermint oil can trigger heartburn, chest pain, and difficulty breathing. Spice lovers should consider using turmeric instead, which does have a kick, but it’s milder. Turmeric is available as a spice mix or powder, and it appears to be effective against both morning sickness and indigestion.
9) Avoid triggers. Pregnancy hormones can make your mood swing wildly from happiness to sadness. Learn about any possible triggers for your specific condition and avoid them accordingly. Some common triggers include stress, fatigue, illness, changes in diet, or medications.
10) Use acupressure wristbands. Acupressure bands are a popular way to manage morning sickness because they provide gentle stimulation to areas in the arm affected by nausea. A study published in Alternative Medicine Review found that participants who wore these bands reported fewer episodes of nausea compared to control groups.
11) Consider acupuncture treatment. An ancient Chinese practice, acupuncture works by inserting thin needles into strategic locations along energy channels called meridians. These points release endorphins which promote relaxation, and balance yin and yang forces within the body. Acupuncture therapy relieves morning sickness by stimulating the central nervous system, calming nausea and helping the body relax.
12) Get on your feet. Sitting all day can wreak havoc on your posture and circulation. Lying down for prolonged periods of time can result in varicose veins and back pain. Standing up during the day gives your joints a chance to stretch, promotes circulation, improves digestion, and relieves muscle tension.
13) Be mindful of odors around you. Strong scents like perfume, laundry detergent, cigarette smoke or body odor can irritate sensitive noses. Keep windows open during bad weather, especially when cooking. Close vents when baking or washing clothes. Ask someone else to clean up after yourself or use unscented products.
14) Massage your belly. Studies show that massage may reduce anxiety levels and promote sleep. In addition, studies suggest that massaging your abdomen and uterus prior to getting pregnant can decrease the severity of morning sickness.
15) Take vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 deficiency can cause nausea, headaches, and depression. Taking 100mg of vitamin B6 each day seems to alleviate many of these symptoms.
16) Relax with guided imagery CDs. Guided imagery meditation is a powerful tool that uses visualization to alter your state of consciousness. By focusing on positive images and emotions, guided imagery can improve your overall sense of wellness and self-esteem. Listen to relaxing music while doing activities like cleaning, gardening, driving, walking, etc. During pregnancy, guided imagery can help you cope with the physical stresses of morning sickness. For more information on how guided imagery works, check out our guide.
17) Check your thyroid. Low thyroid function may contribute to morning sickness. Find out whether you have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism with a simple blood test. Talk to your doctor about taking medication if necessary.
18) Change your routine. If you usually wake up late, try waking up earlier, and vice versa. Changing your schedule can help you adjust to new demands placed upon you by pregnancy.
19) Sleep whenever you can. Lack of sleep makes you tired and less able to handle normal tasks. Getting adequate rest helps regulate hormone levels and reduce anxiety.
20) Know your limits. Do whatever you can to take care of yourself during pregnancy. However, understand that you cannot always rely on others to meet your needs. Set realistic goals for yourself and ask others to assist only to the extent that you are comfortable.
Good luck with your pregnancy journey. May your mornings be bright and breezy!
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