Perhaps the most well-known and most bothersome of all early pregnancy symptoms, morning sickness affects a majority of pregnant women in their first trimester. If the illness gets too bad, there are prescription medications available that can help, but they can be expensive and many doctors shy away from prescribing anything in the first trimester because the pregnancy is so fragile. Instead, pregnant women can try one of the home remedies for morning sickness listed below.
Ginger has long been used to treat a variety of stomach problems. In fact, until many of the prescription remedies of today became available with the advent of modern medicine, all women had to treat morning sickness was candied ginger or ginger tea. However, ginger can also lead to heartburn and other abdominal problems, so be sure to consult you obstetrician before using this remedy.
These ordinary looking lollipops are packed with a proprietary blend of ingredients that do wonders for morning sickness. One drawback to them is that the lollipops are large and not every woman wants to walk around sucking on a preggie pop. However, the same company that produces these pops has come up with a smaller solution: Preggie Pop Drops. These are available in specialty retailers for a few dollars.
Another staple of early pregnancy is the cracker. For generations, women have used crackers as a way to ease morning sickness. The dry texture and salty taste can help keep nausea at bay, especially if it is triggered by hunger. The crackers are easy to digest and inexpensive. Opt for whole wheat, which will take longer to digest, so they will help prevent nausea for a little longer.
This may seem counterintuitive, but keeping a little something in the stomach throughout the day can help prevent nausea due to increased hunger. The trick is to not eat too much. Mom should graze throughout the day and stop eating when she is no longer hungry, instead of when she is full. Keep in mind that it takes about 20 minutes for the brain to recognize that there is food in the stomach and send signals that the mother is no longer hungry.
Avoid Certain Smells
Some smells will trigger bouts of nausea, and those smells may not have bothered the mother -to-be before she became pregnant. Things like heavy colognes or perfumes, certain foods or even someone in need of a shower can send a pregnant woman running for the bathroom. However, by identifying and avoiding these offending smells, she can cut down on the frequency of her nausea.
Mint has long been used to help treat stomach ailments. The properties in mint help to soothe the muscles in the stomach and reduce the gag reflex that can cause people to vomit. Mint can be eaten in its whole form or it can be steeped into a soothing tea.
Fennel has longed been used in herbal medicine to help relieve stomach upset. Fennel has a licorice like flavor that, like the properties of mint, help to reduce nausea by soothing stomach muscles. Fennel seeds can be crushed in a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle and steeped into a tea to help calm queasiness.
Sea bands have long been used for motion sickness but obstetricians have found that they are also effective at treating morning sickness. They are stretchy elastic bands that the pregnant woman wears around her wrists and they have a plastic bead on the inside that applies pressure to a certain acupressure point to relieve nausea. These are completely safe because nothing is ingested into the body that could pass to the baby. They are small and easily carried in a purse, so if nausea makes an appearance during the day, mom can have relief close at hand.
While morning sickness is no fun, it is usually short lived, and the reward at the end makes all the discomfort worth it. There are a number of remedies for morning sickness, but like many conditions, what works for one woman, might not work for another, so just keep trying.