Morning Sickness Remedies:
Like the common cold, nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy, which affects about 75% of pregnant women, fall into that medical chasm of no true recognized cure. The good news is that if you are experiencing nausea and or morning sickness it is due to higher than usual levels of the pregnancy hormone hCG. These higher levels in the body translate to: the more hormones, the more viable the pregnancy. Other good news is that most women report feeling sick between 6 to 12 weeks and considerably better after week 13. But in the meantime,we have narrowed down our favorite natural home remedies and holistic hacks to help keep the barfs at bay.
The best offense is a good defense.Carb load and keep snacks on hand. Seriously, don’t leave home without snacks with you whenever you go out. This will prove to be good practice for when you have a toddler soon enough. When nausea hits in hideous traffic you will be so grateful for that bag of crackers or nut bar you threw in your purse. Make sure you eat breakfast even if you have to force yourself. Buttered toast was my best friend in my first trimester with both my pregnancies. The crunchy goodness of toast was sometimes all I wanted and would almost instantly quell my roiling stomach.
Herbal healing.There are some tried and true herbs that stand the test of time for soothing sour stomachs. Ginger is well known for its anti-nausea properties. www.ncbi.nih.gov as well as peppermint, either of which can be taken in tea or candy form. Citrus such as lemon or grapefruit can help tame the uneasiness of nausea with the help from the extra folic acid.
Take your vitamins. Many sources recommend taking a vitamin B6 supplement due to the levels of B6 dropping in the blood. www.fertilityandmidwifery.com For mild nausea, a dosage of 25 mg. 3 times a day is recommended. If you are vegan or vegetarian,and your vitamin B levels are low, an occasional vitamin b12 shot may be a good way to get the necessary nutrients that most commonly come from animal protein found in meat and dairy.
Make yourself a pincushion. Acupuncture is an ancient chinese technology of healing that involves the use of a very fine, single use, sterile needle (like the size of a hair) to stimulate different points in the body.www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov The strategic and careful placement of the needles help to balance the overall system by releasing pain relieving endorphins and increasing circulation. This is a great option for pregnant women as it can be tailored for the individual patient’s needs.
Strap a bracelet on. www.sea-band.com These anti-nausea bracelets incorporate the healing practice of accupressure with the convenience of a bracelet to provide a one step holistic approach to staving off nausea. Originally designed for motion sickness, these plastic bands have a small button that when worn on the wrist provide a steady pressure to the Nei Kuan point located between the two central tendons of the inner wrist and can be purchased at any pharmacy.
When it comes to taking care of yourself and your baby, as natural and healthy as possible is always a good way to go. Try out some of our recommendations and see what works best for you. Remember, hang in there and remember, this too shall pass.