One of the earliest symptoms of pregnancy is morning sickness, which can occur at any time of day or night. This poorly named affliction affects most pregnant women during the first trimester and gradually fades after the 10 week mark. Not everyone is so lucky, however, and some will suffer from nausea and even vomiting during the entire pregnancy. While doctors can prescribe medicine to help ease the nausea, you may prefer to go the natural route to avoid any potential issues with medications. There are several natural morning sickness remedies available.
1. Herbal teas
Ginger tea has long been used as a remedy for nausea, but not everyone can handle it. Other herbal teas that may help ease the discomfort and soothe the stomach include lemon balm, peppermint and chamomile. These are all readily available in most supermarkets and are safe to use during pregnancy.
2. Ginger ale
Let a can of ginger ale go flat and sip it to relieve nausea and give you a bit of a sugar boost when you can’t keep anything down. While there is no medical reason for this to work, millions of pregnant women swear by the remedy.
Seasickness wristbands can help ease nausea in many situations, including during pregnancy. Since you aren’t ingesting anything, this is an excellent method for anyone who cannot keep down even water and it is perfectly safe. The only potential side effect is irritated skin where the band is worn.
Dying for peanut butter ice cream? Indulge yourself! Often foods that pregnant women crave are the ones that will stay down, so it may be worth the extra calories to chow down on what your body wants.
5. Vitamin B6
Some women swear by this natural cure. Taking 10-20 mg of B6 three times a day can help end morning sickness. Be sure to take the supplements on a full stomach, however, as they can cause nausea on their own.
6. Anise seeds
These licorice tasting seeds are completely natural and can either be brewed into a mild tea or simply chewed to help relieve stomach upsets. This is also helpful when gas is an issue later on in the pregnancy, so keep the seeds around once the morning sickness is gone.
Staying hydrated can be difficult when you are feeling ill, but pregnant women who drink plenty of water tend to have less morning sickness. A good rule of thumb is to drink enough that your urine is clear and light colored, without smelling too strong. If the nausea won’t let you drink water, try munching on ice chips or Popsicles made with 100% fruit juice.
Pregnancy can have many trying moments, but morning sickness is one that can really slow you down. By using natural methods to deal with the nausea, you will be able to control how you feel without worrying about chemical effects on your baby.