The natural remedies and at-home treatments you can try to help with morning sickness relief.
Morning sickness can make your pregnancy an uncomfortable journey, and it affects around 70 per cent of women in their second trimester.
Although we call this nauseating sensation ‘morning sickness’, unfortunately it can happen at any time, day or night. Normally morning sickness symptoms are relatively mild, but it is important to communicate any discomfort you experience to your midwife or GP so that they can help you to take the right precautions.
Your GP may recommend some over the counter medicinal treatments to target your symptoms, however, these can often have side effects of their own. Often To help you target your morning sickness from home, try this list of natural remedies to help ease your pregnancy nausea.
Natural Morning Sickness Remedies
Vitamins and supplements
Research shows that Vitamin B-6 not only alleviates the symptoms of morning sickness, but also plays a vital role in the development of your baby. As well as keeping your own brain and nervous system working smoothly, it ensures that your baby reaches a healthy birth weight and prevents development issues along the way. If you’re feeling low or exhausted throughout your pregnancy, Vitamin B-6 also stimulates the production of serotonin, ensuring that you and your baby are happy. When being used to treat morning sickness, 10 to 25 mg of Vitamin B6 taken three times a day has been proven to alleviate the nausea. Just avoid taking over 100mg of this vitamin a day to avoid any negative side effects.
Instead of taking concentrated amounts of Vitamin B-6, you can easily integrate it into your diet through foods such as wholegrain wheats and cereals, seeds and nuts, bananas or papayas, fish, lean meats, or best of all lentils, kidney beans, soybeans and chickpeas. Try blending up these pulses with frozen berries and your preferred type of milk for an anti-sickness smoothie.
Raspberry leaf, peppermint or anise teas are all effective when trying to reduce the symptoms of morning sickness. As well as alleviating nausea, red raspberry leaf tea has been proven to decrease the length of labour and the likelihood of assisted or caesarean delivery. Peppermint Leaf and Anise tea are two other safe and effective herbal teas that you can drink for nausea relief. Steer clear of Alfafa, Yellow Dock and Nettle tea as some research argues that they may not be safe to consume when pregnant.
Ginger is a magic ingredient for everyone’s immune system, but becomes particularly helpful when fighting morning sickness. Research shows that 1.1-1.5 grams of ginger a day can significantly reduce symptoms of nausea in pregnant women, and as long as you do not take excessive amounts it is considered to be a safe and healthy spice. You can choose to take supplements, or you can simply slice fresh ginger into hot water and lemon and sip it slowly, chew on ginger sweets, or drink flat ginger ale. If the taste of ginger turns your stomach, try chewing on fennel seeds instead for the same relief.
Regular, gentle belly rubs can bring relief to a multitude of problems during your pregnancy. Using slow, smooth movements across your tummy with the palms of your hands can ease morning sickness, muscle ache and simply help you to relax. Try adding a few drops of camomile or peppermint oil to a warm, damp towel and use it to massage your baby bump.
Exercise to help with morning sickness relief
Finding out what exercise works for you during your pregnancy is important, as you don’t want to harm you or your baby. Mild exercise has been proven to help prevent the intensity of morning sickness. Try taking short, slow walks to keep your muscles moving, and gentle stretching to ease any nauseous sensations. Similarly, if you wake up with an awful bout of morning sickness, make sure that you move slowly and don’t rush out of bed, or you may feel worse. Take it slow, and rest as much as possible.
Can your diet affect your morning sickness?
Too much fatty, rich and greasy food can turn anyone’s stomach, but you need to be especially careful when you are pregnant. If you are experiencing morning sickness, try to stop eating heavy amounts of fatty foods and instead opt for frequent, smaller meals containing healthy and fresh ingredients. You must also stay hydrated, which can difficult when water just won’t stay down. In this case, keep a glass of apple juice by your bed for you to sip throughout the night. This will keep your blood sugar levels up, and prevent any feelings of dizziness from dehydration.
Medical research has proven that acupuncture and acupressure are both extremely effective remedies to morning sickness and nausea, as it stimulates healthy blood flow around the body. It has even been suggested that acupuncture can help to ensure that your baby rotates from its breach position as you approach your due date.
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