Statistics show that 70% of women struggle with morning sickness in their first trimester. In this article, I want to share with you 10 Helpful Remedies for Morning Sickness that could help through those difficult first several weeks of pregnancy.
There it is. You are filled with excitement as you see the faint line increasing on the pregnancy test. You are expecting a baby! Excitement, a bit of overwhelm and awe fill you. But, soon another feeling washes over you—nausea. 😀 Truly, morning sickness is something that women have struggled with in every age. Some women seem to sail through the first trimester, but for many women life has to stop for those first 12 weeks, due to morning sickness. I have compiled a list of some things that can be helpful for some women. This is in no way an exhaustive list but perhaps could give you some assistance.
But first let’s talk about why do we have morning sickness?
There is still so much unknown about the way God made our bodies and why the rising of the HCG levels make us so sick. But, one theory is that it has to do with our liver. When we become pregnant the liver creates more bile. This bile spills over into our stomach making us feel ill. For some women, it seems that taking milk thistle for three months before they become pregnant and supporting their liver seems to actually relieve future morning sickness.
Another theory is that morning sickness could have to do with blood sugar. Yet others would say that when they take natural progesterone it helps alleviate their morning sickness. Hyperemesis Gravidarum (morning sickness that is far beyond normal and is debilitating even sometimes life threatening) seems to have a genetic factor as well.
Whatever the cause of morning sickness, here are a few helpful remedies:
10 Helpful Remedies for Morning Sickness
1. Eat very first thing in the morning
And I mean, immediately. You may not feel sick yet, or even hungry. Or you may feel like you have no appetite at all. But, eating first thing is so important. Keep something next to your bed that you can reach for before your head leaves the pillow. A cracker, a cheese stick or some small snack. I was addicted to toaster waffles with peanut butter on them. Don’t ask me why but it was AMAZING when I was in my first trimester. My husband would make it in the morning and leave it next to my bed, for me to put in my mouth first thing.
2. Stay hydrated
This is very important, oftentimes water does not seem appealing at all but find a way to get it in you. Flavor your water with a little bit of lemon and honey, or put a tiny bit of juice or even soda if you have to and water it down. Drink Gatorade or something with electrolytes in it. In your first trimester you can become dehydrated very easily. This in turn can make you even more nauseated so keep that water bottle nearby and take small sips often!
Whether in the form of peppermint candies, peppermint tea, or peppermint essential oil, mint has been found to be helpful in settling the stomach so it makes for a very helpful remedy for morning sickness.
Ginger is another popular and helpful remedies for morning sickness. Ginger snaps, ginger candies, ginger tea–see what works for you!
5. Eat every two hours or more
Small amounts often are the key and one of the very helpful remedies for morning sickness. As I mentioned above, keeping your blood sugar stable is important. Keeping your stomach full will also help contradict the bile from your liver. Even if you are out and about, it is better to eat something less healthy, than to wait until you can get home to eat something “healthier. Keep small snacks in your purse. A pack of almonds, a cheese stick, some crackers, for example.
Many woman find eating beans to help relieve their nausea. Again it may have something to do with the liver. Try a bowl of black beans with butter, shredded cheese and salt.
6. Nausea Bands/ Acupressure
There are websites such as this one which show pressure points that can help relieve nausea, and drug stores carry nausea bands that can give temporary relief to some.
7. Pregnancy Candies
When I was pregnant the ones I used were called Preggie Pops. But, there are several different brands that you can check out here. They were AMAZING. If I felt like I was getting a little queasy I could pop one in my mouth and feel instant relief.
8. Rest, rest, rest
Your body is working very hard. I once heard it compared to mountain climbing. There is no fatigue like pregnancy fatigue. Your body needs that extra sleep so make sure you are getting plenty of rest!
9. Unisom and B6
When the natural remedies do not work, using a combination of Unisom and B6 has been very effective for some moms. It is very important that you only use the regular sleep tabs of Unisom NOT the gelcaps. Taking this combination has been a very helpful remedy for morning sickness for some women.
For some no matter what natural remedies they try, morning sickness can still be very debilitating. If this is the case with you, talk to your doctor about a prescription. Zofran is considered a class B drug, so is one of the better choices if medication is needed.
Bonus Tip: Make sure your balance of potassium and sodium stay level. Eating bananas and even drinking warm water with Himalayan Sea Salt can be beneficial.
I hope these 10 helpful remedies for Morning Sickness are helpful! Take heart mama, the days are long but the years are short and soon your little one will be in your arms and those days of nausea and sickness will seem far away. Your baby is so worth it! ❤️
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