You’re nauseous all day, you can’t keep a meal down, and even the most non-offensive scents make you queasy. About half of pregnant women experience morning sickness, and although it’s not entirely clear why, experts believe the rapid increase in hormones is to blame.
10 Natural Tips to Avoid Morning Sickness
“The most effective natural thing is ginger root,” said Dr. Michelle Collins, a certified nurse-midwife and director of the nurse-midwifery program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tenn. Ginger ale and ginger snaps, however, probably won’t help because they’re not made with enough real ginger. Instead, drink ginger root boiled in water, or look for ginger root tea, ginger beer (it’s non alcoholic), lozenges, gum or capsules.
Eat Nutrient-Dense Foods
Include California avocados, kidney beans, cheese, fish, nut butter, whole-grain pasta, brown rice, tofu and turkey. If peanut butter is too strong, try almond or cashew butter, and spread it thinly on crackers, bread, apple slices or celery sticks.
Eat High-Energy Foods
Complex carbohydrates act as time-release energy capsules, slowly releasing energy into your bloodstream and helping to keep your appetite satisfied. The main food group represented here is grains (rice, corn, wheat, oats, millet, barley), found in breads, cereals, pastas and crackers.
“We believe a lot of people go into pregnancy with a magnesium deficiency,” said Pugliese, who noted that a deficiency can also cause morning sickness. Green leafy vegetables are a great source of magnesium or in supplement form, between 300 and 500 milligrams.
Both Eastern and Western medical practitioners describe a pressure point about two inches above the crease on the inner aspect of the wrist. If this pressure point is stimulated, it may relieve nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy. With other conditions similar to morning sickness, such as seasickness, Sea Bands® can be worn around one or both wrists. Each band contains a button to press on the vomiting-sensitive pressure point. These bands have been proven effective by research studies and are available without prescription at pharmacies and marine stores.
Raw carrots are awesome! I’m sure you’ve heard they are great for healthy eyesight, but did you know that they are also great for healthy hormones? Raw carrots help clear excess estrogen from the body. So, by eating raw carrots you can help keep your hormones stable and avoid morning sickness. During my third pregnancy I ditched the crackers and snacked on raw carrots when I felt queasy, and it really did help!
“Hot” symptoms – feeling warm all the time and vomiting a lot – often respond to cooling herbs like peppermint, according to Pugliese. Sipping peppermint tea or rubbing peppermint oil on your abdomen are both effective.
Vitamin B6, 25 milligrams, taken three times a day can be effective at relieving symptoms. A combination supplement that includes ginger may also help, Pugliese said.
Avoid smells that trigger nausea
The sense of smell becomes highly tuned during pregnancy. Avoid strong odors that act as triggers for you. Some of the smells that are most likely to make a pregnant stomach queasy include (but of, course, are not limited to):
Fumes from gasoline or solvents
Cooking or food odors (especially fried cooking! I know that I
couldn’t step into a Chinese restaurant because of the smell of the fried foods)
Ditch the Sugar
For every molecule of sugar you consume, it requires 54 molecules of magnesium to process it! Basically, sugar leaches vitamins and minerals from your body, including magnesium. Just don’t eat it. If you need a sweet treat use real maple syrup or raw honey.
One of the most important thing you can remember is that what works for someone else may – or may not – work for you. Don’t get discouraged. If you try something, and it doesn’t work, try something else. Visit our article on Morning Sickness Cures and Remedies for some more ideas on how to make yourself more comfortable during your pregnancy.