What can I do for my morning sickness?

What can I do for my morning sickness?

Morning sickness is no fun, and it can start as early as 6 weeks!  Even though the name suggests that you only get it in the morning, morning sickness can actually strike any time of the day.  It can even last all day for some!  To know how to treat morning sickness, it is important to understand what actually causes it first.

The actual definition of morning sickness is the nausea and vomiting that happens during pregnancy (1). According to the Mayo Clinic, ‘research suggests that the nausea and vomiting in pregnancy might actually be due to the effects of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) on the body’ (2).  HCG is produced shortly after a fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining and women with severe morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum) usually have higher HCG levels than other pregnant women do.  Hyperemesis Gravidarum is defined as extreme, persistent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and can lead to dehydration, weight loss, and electrolyte imbalances (3).  Luckily there are medications to help, as well as more natural methods.

Ways to help with Morning Sickness:

  • First thing’s first, take your prenatal vitamin.  If you feel your prenatal is making you feel more nauseous, ask your doctor about switching to a prenatal with more B6 and less iron.  This can help in the first trimester. 
  • Avoid strong smelling odors, especially while cooking, as well as perfumes and colognes.  During the first trimester most pregnant women’s smell sensitivity increases dramatically, causing certain smells to bring on morning sickness.
  • Eat & Drink!  Yes, as hard as it can be eat or drink when you feel nauseous, feeling hungry or thirsty can bring on more morning sickness.  So eat smaller and more frequent meals and a healthy balanced diet.  Try ginger either on your food, in your tea (the more natural the better) or even ginger ale. Peppermint has been known to help with nausea as well, so pop a peppermint candy or try aroma therapy.
  • There are many suggestions online for Sea Bands, Preggy Pops, etc.  Try and find what works for you and stick with it!

There are two web sites that have great information about morning sickness and how to help treat it naturally, including acupressure (sea bands) amongst other natural remedies.

It’s important to know that most morning sickness goes away … eventually 🙂

So hang on!

References

(NL), A. P. (n.d.). 17 natural ways to get rid of nausea. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/nausea-remedies#The-Bottom-Line

Morning sickness. (2012, June 8). WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/morning-sickness-pregnant#1

Morning sickness: Relief, symptoms, remedies and more. (2015, July 31). What to Expect. https://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/morning-sickness/

Nausea during pregnancy: A good thing? (2019, May 24). Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/expert-answers/nausea-during-pregnancy/faq-20057917

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