“Morning sickness” remedies that really work
By Cradlewise Staff
We know that it has been hard on you with all the vomiting and nausea. But you don’t have to deal with it alone. We have got your back….and hair? Sorry, we couldn’t help that. We have curated a list of remedies for nausea you can try at home to help manage the unsettling feeling. Although these tips might not prevent nausea in pregnancy, they might help manage it. You should focus on managing the symptoms, and eventually, it will get better with time.
Trust your body in knowing what’s best for you. Be conscious and listen to what your body wants. Your body has an amazing mechanism to flush out any toxins that might harm you and your little one. Here are some remedies for nausea that will help cope with morning sickness.
Foods to consume:
Keep whole-grain crackers in handy
Keep whole-grain crackers in your bag and by your bed. An empty stomach is a nauseous stomach. Eat a few crackers as soon as you wake up to ensure you don’t start moving around with an empty stomach. You can also eat them as a quick snack during work.
Include ginger in your diet
Ginger is a known anti-inflammatory and aids in digestion. Drinking a cup of ginger tea has soothing and calming effects on your body.
You can try out this recipe to make ginger tea at home. Take a cube (1 inch) of peeled fresh ginger and steep it in 8 oz. hot water for about 5 minutes. Sweeten with a drizzle of honey and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
This vitamin has helped women lessen their nausea. It can be purchased over the counter. But it’s best to talk with your provider about it first because it is already in your prenatal vitamin. (You can also get a prescription for it.) Vitamin B6 can be found in milk, sunflower seeds, salmon, eggs, sweet potato, bananas, beans, and many kinds of cereals.
Lemon tarts or flavored candies might make you feel better. You can also simply smell lemon to help with the nausea.
Smelling mint can reduce nausea. Just take a few mint leaves and grind them up to release the smell. You can also smell a bag of mint tea or add a few drops of mint essential oil to a diffuser. Peppermint candies and mint tea can also be excellent remedies.
Changes to eating habits:
Consume cold foods
Try eating cold foods rather than hot foods. Hot foods have a strong smell that lingers for a while. This might also trigger nausea in some people.
Eat frequent meals in small proportions
Some women feel that they get nauseous as they get hungry. Try eating small healthy meals in frequent proportions throughout the day to prevent this. This might control nausea and help you maintain your blood sugar levels consistently.
Avoid fried food
Store-bought fried foods contain high amounts of oil, which are not good for your stomach. Instead, try cutting up some sweet potatoes and bake or grill them, add some salt, and there you have your healthier version of fries.
Organic food contains fewer toxins than non-organic food. Make sure to wash your organic fruits and vegetables at least three times. This will ensure that even the natural fertilizers and pesticides stay out.
You probably know this but stay away from waxed fruits and vegetables. They trap in pesticides and are very toxic.
Sip on fluids
Sipping on fluids like clear fruit juices, water, or ice chips throughout the day helps calm your system. You can try broth to avoid dehydration. Mix apple cider vinegar and honey in water to help with the symptoms. Do not drink a lot of fluids at the same time.
Avoid strong smells
Avoid strong smells found in perfumes. Some women find relief with essential oils in calming scents like lavender.
Rinse your mouth after vomiting
The acid from your stomach can damage the enamel on your teeth. If you can, rinse your mouth with a cup of water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda. This will help neutralize the acid and protect your teeth.
Other helpful methods:
Acupressure Wrist Bands
In most pharmacies, you can find elastic wristbands with plastic knobs that apply pressure to a specific area in your wrist. While they are marketed for decreasing seasickness, research has found that they can be very effective at reducing pregnancy-related nausea.
Stress can be a causal factor for nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. Thus, meditation can help women deal with stress.
Always be prepared
When you leave the house, pack yourself a little kit of items to help you cope. These could be bags to throw up in, gum or mints, snacks, a fresh shirt (and maybe pants, too), and wipes. This is an area where it might be beneficial to check in with some trusted members of your village. Much of coping with nausea is trial and error, and someone you know may have discovered something that works for you, too.
Acupuncture does not have enough evidence to support that it reduces pregnancy nausea. However, many women swear by it, so it may be worth trying. You can also read up about acupuncture before you decide.
Reduce screen time
Too much exposure to your phone and laptop screen might trigger nausea symptoms. Try to get as much rest and limit or avoid screen time.
Wear loose-fitting clothes
Try slipping into some loose clothes that let air pass through. Tight-fitting clothes will not help nausea. Wear cotton clothes as much as possible.
All these remedies are simple and do not require much effort. If your symptoms persist, you can always check with your healthcare provider.
Elastic wristbands. PubMed. 2001. “Effect of acupressure by Sea-Bands on nausea and vomiting of pregnancy”