It is estimated between 50-80 percent of pregnant women suffer from nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Commonly called morning sickness, this nausea and vomiting can last all day long. Although I did not have any morning sickness during my pregnancy, before I was pregnant I gathered lots of information about natural remedies for morning sickness and I’d like to share them with you now. Keep in mind that I am not a doctor or health care professional of any kind. (Read my disclaimer.) I am just sharing some tips that I found. Please consult with your health care practitioner before trying any of these methods.
It is thought that an acidic body can cause morning sickness, or at least not help it. So it would make sense that if you avoid acidic foods and eat more alkaline foods, your body can become more alkaline and hopefully your morning sickness will leave. Check out this list of acidic and alkaline foods. Balancing your body’s pH is not only beneficial for morning sickness but for overall general health and may prevent disease. From NaturalNews.com,
Most experts suggest eating four times more from the list of alkaline foods than from the acidic foods. Don’t get stressed if you don’t achieve this, it’s an ideal to shoot for.
The most important thing we can do is to ensure that the majority of foods that we eat are fruits and vegetables.
To learn more about pH balance, NaturalNews.com has a fabulous report – a guide to acid/alkaline balance. To check your body’s pH level, you can use pH Test Strips. We use this brand and they worked great. We would test our saliva before going to bed every night (it’s better than testing in the morning, when our bodies are more acidic). The results can be seen in 30-45 seconds. By testing everyday, you can see when the results change, after changing your habits. I highly recommend this.
Another idea is that morning sickness is how the body keeps harmful toxins, including unhealthy food, away from the developing fetus. On that thought, restricting grains and sugars may be a good idea as well; sugar and soda would be very good to eliminate from your diet.
Other tips for eating include:
- Avoid fatty, fried, greasy, or highly spiced foods.
- Eat smaller meals, such as six to eight small meals instead of three larger ones.
- Don’t go for long periods of time without eating.
- Salt your food to taste. Lack of adequate salt can aggravate nausea.
- Eat enough protein; have a high-protein snack (almonds, cheese) every couple hours. Do not let your stomach get empty.
Here are a few tips for what you can drink:
- Citrus can help (lemon in your water, unsweetened grapefruit juice).
- Drink fluids between, but not with, meals.
- Aim for 1/2 your body weight in oz. of water per day. (ie. a 140 woman should aim for 70 oz. of water each day).
Ginger is one of the most popular and common remedies for treating morning sickness. There are many ways to get some ginger in your diet:
- Grate fresh ginger into hot water for an anti-nausea tea
- Ginger Snaps
- Ginger Candy
- Crystallized ginger
- Put real ginger in something sweet
- Drink gingerale
- Altoids Mints, Ginger flavor
- Vitamin B6 supplements can help.
- Vitamins K and C, taken at the same time.
- Take your prenatal vitamin with food or at bedtime.
Also, make sure your prenatal vitamins are whole-food based since they are easier on your system and most bio-available for absorption. I used (and loved) New Chapter Perfect Prenatal. Another good brand is Rainbow Light. You take a tablet several times a day, which is easier (and better utilized) than once-a-day vitamins.
Here are a few alternative treatments that have been known to be very effective in relieving morning sickness:
- Homeopathy: It is best to see a qualified homeopathic practitioner for a remedy since homeopathy is a complex system and the appropriate remedy depends on the patient’s unique symptoms. More information can be found at Hyperemesis.org as well as Altmd.com.
- Acupuncture: Acupuncture is another safe and effective treatment for morning sickness. The acupuncture point Pericardium 6 (P6) is stimulated, which is known in traditional Chinese medicine to relieve nausea.
- Acupressure: Acupressure is similar to acupuncture; pressure is put on certain points of the body. Acupressure in the form of wrist bands, sometimes known as sea bands, has been helpful as well. Sea Bands can be found at most drugs stores or Amazon.com.
Here are a few other things you can eat that are more like treats!
- Preggie Pop Drops – Organic: These wouldn’t be my first choice for morning sickness relief, as they are essentially sugar candy, but many people seem to like them and say they work. Originally created as lollipops, they now come in candy drop form. (Notice I just included a link to their organic version since their original version has a few ingredients that I don’t like.)
- Popsicles: Real fruit frozen popsicles might help as well, especially lemonade.
- Put drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil in an aromatherapy diffuser or humidifier to scent the air.
- Rest as much as you can. Too much activity can aggravate nausea.
Wendy – AwakeningWillow.com