Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness
New research has found that because women with morning sickness don't feel like eating or drinking, they may find themselves dehydrated, which could be compounding and creating the symptoms of morning sickness and impairing prenatal health. Proper hydration is critical to every system and process in your body. At the first sign of morning sickness, nausea or vomiting, increase your fluid intake of water throughout the day. Morning sickness is a thirst signal of both the mother and the baby.
- Chew on licorice-tasting fennel seeds to calm queasiness.
- Fresh grated ginger and fennel seeds make a comforting tea to settle your stomach. Ginger can be purchased at your grocery store in the fresh vegetable section.
- Try eating your favorite foods from childhood, like ginger ale, jello or whatever your mother fed you when you weren't feeling well.
- Always get up slowly in the morning and take small breaks throughout the day with your feet elevated.
- Hot teas may help, especially spearmint or peppermint, known to be good for indigestion, or try the excellent "women's tea" known as red raspberry- leaf tea. If cold is more appealing, make popsicles or ice chips with the teas.
- Take short walks in the fresh air whenever possible.
- Drink bottled or purified water to flush your system.
- If you feel as though your stomach is not digesting food well, increase your consumption of raw, enzyme-rich foods. Fresh cantaloupe, papaya and pineapple have the highest naturally occurring enzymes of all foods and help a great deal with digestion.
- Make sure you are napping at least once a day to allow your body to recharge. Even a short nap can help you to feel stronger.
- Some health professionals are recommending one tablet of Vitamin B6, in the amount of 50 mg to 100 mg before bed, and this has worked extremely well for some women. Single B vitamins should be used only for short periods of time. Switch to a B-complex vitamin after a two-week period. Make sure you are taking a high quality prenatal vitamin and mineral supplement.
- There is a strong connection between nausea during pregnancy and low blood-sugar levels. Make sure you are eating small meals throughout the day to keep your blood-sugar level up throughout the day and evening.
- A high protein snack before bed and throughout the day can help to alleviate some of the symptoms of morning sickness.
- Try powdered ginger root in capsules, three capsules a day.
- Slippery elm is a soothing and strengthening herb for the stomach. It has as much nutrition as oatmeal and is so gentle that it can be retained by the most sensitive stomach. It can be taken in powdered form in capsules or made into gruel.
- Carry raisins, raw almonds, rice cakes or whole-wheat crackers with you so that you can keep your blood-sugar level up.
- Blue green algae, such as spirulina, is very high in protein and very easy to digest. Spirulina powder can be mixed with mashed bananas or other fruit and provides excellent nutritional support. It can be taken in tablet form as well.
- Try increasing your water intake to six glasses a day.
- Many women find sea-bands useful. These are elastic bracelets with a plastic button that are worn on the wrist to put compression on an acupressure point that controls nausea. These can be worn 24 hours a day.
Never take any prescription or non-prescription drugs for your nausea. Consult with a midwife, physician or homeopath if you find your morning sickness is not alleviated by the above remedies. Reasons for nausea can be many and varied and getting at the cause can give better direction to your individual remedy and help you to feel better, sooner.
Source: Copyright 2008, Secrets Newsletter 2008, by National Bestselling Author, Gail J. Dahl Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets http://web.mac.com/pregnancysecrets. This article may be reprinted or posted for the purpose of childbirth education if references are included. The information contained in or provided through this publication is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be, and is not provided as, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your midwife, physician, nurse or other qualified health care provider before you undergo any treatment or for answers to any questions you may have regarding any medical condition.