So, what can you do to get rid of morning sickness? New York Doula has compiled 20 easy and natural remedies to cure morning sickness and get on with your life.

When you heard you were pregnant you were elated at the thought of your baby growing peacefully in your body. What you didn’t realize was that growing a baby felt less like floating in a cloud of approaching motherhood and more like encroaching nausea and constant retching at the sight and smell of well, just about anything.

No, having morning sickness does not seem to fit in between painting the baby room or heading out to birthing class. Yet it effects almost all birthing women. So, what is morning sickness?

What Is Morning Sickness?

8726068930_3dccdd8972_mMore than 75% of all women suffer from morning sickness. Although it isn’t the only uncomfortable side effect of pregnancy it is one of the most unpleasant. First, morning sickness is sadly NOT isolated to just the morning. Approximately 80% of women with morning sickness get it at any and ALL hours of the day and night.

It most frequently occurs between the 6th and 12th week of pregnancy, although it can continue as long as the 16th week or longer (gasp!).

 

 

The actual cause of morning sickness is unknown but some theories include:

  • Increased levels of estrogen
  • Low blood sugar
  • Increased human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)
  • Increased progesterone levels
  • Heightened sensitivity to smells which cause gag-reflex

Morning sickness, albeit unpleasant, is harmless. For a very small percentage of women (about 1%), however, a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum, can develop. It is important to communicate with your care provider if you think you may have this condition.

For most of us who just have good old run-of-the-mill morning sickness, drugs are not necessary if you use other natural methods of getting rid of morning sickness. Here are twenty amazing and effective natural morning sickness remedies.

 Twenty Natural Ways To Cure Morning Sickness

  1. Graze. Eat frequent smaller meals so that you are never to hungry or too full. Keep finger foods (crackers, cereal or other bland foods) handy at all times.
  2. Avoid fatty or fried food. Stick to bland foods
  3. Try a liquid diet. Here’s a liquid concoction that will help you stay full: 1 organic cup of whole milk or kefir, 1 teaspoon of bee pollen, 1 teaspoon of cacao powder, 1 teaspoon of maca powder, 1 teaspoon of flax seed oil, 1 teaspoon of any butter and frozen fruit such as banana or mango (optional).
  4. Don’t drink and eat at the same time.
  5. Take a walk. Exercise sometimes alleviates symptoms.
  6. Vitamin B-6 has been proven to have a significant effect in reducing nausea and vomiting. Take 25mg every 8 hours.
  7. Increase your iron intake. I love floridex. It tastes good and is plant based so you won’t have those nasty constipation side effects other forms of iron might give you. I would even suggest this throughout pregnancy and after birth to help with overall health, recovery and counter blood loss.
  8. Increase B-complex vitamins. You can use brewer’s yeast. It’s high in B vitamins and makes a good topping for rice or pasta.
  9. Take at least 25 mg of zinc supplements.
  10. Check your prenatals. Some prenatals cause nausea because of the iron in them. Switch to a different prenatal without iron and supplement with Floridex.
  11. Drink herbal teas such as anise, peppermint or red raspberry leaf tea. Actually, drink red raspberry leaf tea throughout your pregnancy. It tones the uterus and prepares it for laboring. My midwife doesn’t take clients unless they are drinking it!
  12. Ginger! This is my go to for any stomach issues. Grate some and pour into hot water to be used as tea. I even give a diluted amount to my babies if they are constipated (I sweeten with stevia). Don’t have ginger root? Just take some ginger powder from the spice cabinet, works just as well.
  13. Get some anti-nausea homeopathics at the vitamin shoppe or whole foods. Nux vomica 6x or ipecac 30x.
  14. Get into the essential oils. Actually let someone else get into it and all over you! Mix 1 drop peppermint oil, 3 drops chamomile oil into a carrier such as coconut or almond oil. Rub your belly or let someone else do the dirty work.
  15. Eat a protein packed snack before bed. This will help cut the nausea in the morning.
  16. Avoid too much jarring movement such as jumping. Even getting out of bed too quickly in the morning can trigger nausea.
  17. Sip on apple juice or other naturally sweetened drink throughout the night. This will help keep your blood sugar stable.
  18. Seek out an acupuncturist.
  19. Use acupressure. There are certain pressure points on the wrist that help keep morning sickness at bay. A motion sickness band will press on those pressure points constantly.
  20. Suck on lemon or other drops. The sucking motion helps to settle the stomach.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed these. Please feel free to share other ideas with New York Doula.