Morning sickness is awful nausea that happens when you are pregnant and what’s worse is that it doesn’t just happen in the morning, but happens at any time of the day. Morning sickness affects a majority of pregnant women. You’ll feel it more during the first trimester, although it can continue throughout the pregnancy. Despite the awful feeling, morning sickness is actually a good thing as it is a sign that your hormone levels are high enough that a baby can grow. Some women are lucky and don’t experience morning sickness, but 8 out of 10 do feel nauseous when they are pregnant. In order to soothe your conditions, we provide you 10 great morning sickness remedies here.
Morning Sickness Remedies
Avoid Smells that Trigger Nausea
For any morning sickness remedies to work, you have to find out and avoid all the triggers that make you nausea or worsen your symptoms. Odors can trigger nausea at the most inopportune times.
Try to stay in well ventilated areas if possible and ask your other half to brush his teeth more often.
If you are in a place where you can’t avoid the odors, be prepared with your own home remedies to fight morning sickness.
You can carry a small satchel with dried herbs at all times. Besides, thyme and lavender are known for their soothing qualities.
You can even try a handkerchief with fresh-squeezed lemon. Keep it close by. You never know when the urge to purge is going to hit you.
Drink Enough Water
The easiest morning sickness remedies is drinking enough water:
A glass of water every hour can help suppress morning sickness but you may have to go to the bathroom a lot. Take a look in the toilet after you urinate. The lighter the color is, the healthier you are.
Keep a glass of water on your bedside table and drink it when you go to the bath room at night. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and not nauseous.
If you can’t stop vomiting, eat a frozen fruit pop to replenish the sugars you lose and keep yourself hydrated.
Try Cold Lemon Slice
Keep some lemon or lime slices in a bag in the freezer. When you start to feel the nausea coming on, suck a slice in your mouth or simply eat a piece of lemon. The smell, taste and the cold feeling can help calm your stomach. The sourness takes your mind off of that sick feeling and it puts a better taste in your mouth than the pre-vomit rush of saliva.
Get Better Circulation
With nausea comes dizziness or feeling faint, which is caused by poor circulation. Sit straight with your back against the wall to get your blood pumping and the circulation moving. Pull your knees up and put your head between them. This can help your brain regain a sense of balance and relieve your nausea symptoms. The most important thing to remember: BREATHE.
Ginger is a great natural remedy for morning sickness. It’s been used by the Chinese for centuries. It is known as a hot remedy, so if you feel cold, or miserable, or you wrap yourself up in layers of blankets, ginger is the answer for you.
The best way to take it would be to make a tea. Steep 2 teaspoons of grated ginger root in boiling water and sip it throughout the day. But don’t take more than 3 teaspoons of raw ginger a day. You can also take a ginger supplement if the tea doesn’t appeal to you.
Peppermint is what you use when you are feeling hot, if your face is red, if you are irritable or if you want cold drinks.
You can drink peppermint or spearmint tea. If that is too hot for you, try sucking on sugar-free peppermint sweets or chewing gum. You can try to use peppermint or spearmint essential oil but the smell may be too strong and could make you feel worse.
Get Sufficient Vitamin B6
Foods like avocados and chicken have a lot of vitamin B6 which can help relieve your morning sickness.
You may also be able to take a vitamin B supplement, but this won't keep you from vomiting. If you are leaning towards taking a supplement, make sure you talk to your doctor first.
Change Your Diet
Keep your stomach full, even before you get out of bed. Keep a packet of crackers and have a few as soon as you wake up.
Besides the 3 big meals, eat small snacks throughout the day. It’ll keep you feeling full without going overboard.
Try a handful of nuts or some sliced apples with peanut butter. They are both satisfying and healthy for you and baby.
But fried and fatty foods are digested more slowly and should be avoided, despite the intense cravings.
Listen to Music
Listening to music is actually a great way to stop morning sickness. The underlying and frequent pulsations help to re-balance your inner ear, easing your nausea. Headphones help a lot with this as it allows the pulsations to bounce directly into the ear.
Last but not least, acupressure is one of the effective morning sickness remedies you should try. There is a pressure point on your wrist that can help relieve nausea. You can do it yourself, by finding the right spot and pushing on that spot about 20 to 30 times at one second intervals. You can also purchase wristbands that help you apply this pressure.
For more information on how to relieve your morning sickness by using acupressure, check out this video to know where to put pressure and how to do it right:
When to See the Doctor
Natural morning sickness home remedies are great for a quick fix when you feel nauseous, but if you have the following symptoms, you should see a doctor:
If you are vomiting often and can’t keep down any nourishment, you should see a doctor before you become dehydrated or malnourished
If you can’t keep anything down for 24 hours
If your urine is extremely dark or you haven’t urinated in over 8 hours
If you feel weak or dizzy when standing
If you have a temperature, experiencing abdominal pain or vomit blood.
Watch the video to know when morning sickness happens after you’re pregnant so you can be better prepared: