Many women would say that they enjoyed their pregnancies — except for the morning sickness. Unfortunately, morning sickness affects a majority of expecting women and is part and parcel of the pregnancy process. While morning sickness typically only lasts until the second trimester, you might have to cope with that miserable feeling for weeks on end. Here are six natural remedies that have been known (and proven) to help women cope with morning sickness.
Long used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, ginger is one of the most popular herbal remedies used to reduce nausea. You can boil fresh ginger slices to make a ginger tea that is caffeine-free and safe to drink. Another refreshing beverage, especially if you don’t like the strong taste of ginger, is to drink ginger ale. This is carbonated soft drink made with ginger extract that many women swear helps them feel better.
Ginger, while effective, is not suitable if you suffer from heatiness as it is too “warming.” In this instance, you can drink peppermint tea instead, which is more “cooling” as a drink. As a herbal tea, peppermint is also caffeine-free and safe for pregnancy. You can also try sucking on a peppermint candy when that icky feeling sneaks up on you for quick relief, if you find that the taste helps subside the morning sickness. (Plus, they’ll refresh your mouth if you are getting sick every morning!)
3. Vitamin B6
You may have discovered this already, but eating protein can help, especially if you eat it before getting hungry. This is because protein contains vitamin B6, which is known to reduce nausea. Vitamin B6 is found in protein-rich food like meat, eggs, whole grains and nuts. Aside from this, it’s also available as a supplement. Scientists don’t know exactly why B6 has an effect on nausea, but it could be related to the way it breaks down amino acids and helps produce neurotransmitters. It also stimulates the production of red blood cells, which is very important for the health of the baby.
4. Sour food
You might have heard that pregnant women often crave sour food, and it’s possible that part of the reason is that the astringent flavor of sour food can reduce nausea. Aside from citric fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruit and berries, you can eat preserved foods like pickles and plums. Again, you can also try looking for sour candies to help keep on hand to keep the nausea at bay.
There is a special acupressure point located on your wrist that can help alleviate nausea. Called the “inner gate,” it can be found around one and a half inches up your wrist. Locate the spot between the two bones, and press down hard on the nerve for at least two minutes.
Alternatively, you can buy a “sea sickness band” from one of the pharmacies, and wear it on your wrist. It stimulates the same acupressure point.
After trying all the above natural remedies, if you still suffer from severe nausea, you should consult your doctor. Like the Duchess of Cambridge, you might be suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, which requires more medical attention. Your doctor may prescribe you medication to help with the nausea. Common drugs include Zofran and Phenergan, which are safe for use during pregnancy.
Morning sickness might feel like it’ll last forever, but for most women, it will gradually reduce into the second trimester, so try the above tips and hang in there! Also, share with us what worked for you in the comments.