It can strike at any time, day or night. For the lucky, it’s a mild irritation. For the rest of us gals, it brings us to our knees. It’s the first foe we face in pregnancy, morning sickness.
Most doctors (but no mothers) see morning sickness as a good thing. It is caused by an increase in estrogen and other hormonal changes that are present in a healthy pregnancy. For some women these changes cause nausea and vomiting. Morning sickness usually lasts from about the 6th to 12th week of pregnancy, but for some can go on longer.
Though there are some medications your doctor can prescribe for morning sickness, most recommend using natural remedies because your baby is very vulnerable during the first trimester.
Natural Home Remedies
Though few people gain complete relief from morning sickness, there are many natural home remedies available. Hopefully, you will find the one that works for you. I prefer the eating small snacks all day method. An empty stomach can cause nausea and eating too much at a time can cause vomiting.
Studies show that bland foods, like crackers, can calm an upset stomach. You should avoid fatty foods that sit in the stomach for a while and go for easy to digest foods like simple proteins and carbohydrates. Chewing peppermint gum always works for me at times when I can’t be constantly snacking. Watermelon and lemonade are said to make things better. My cousin said those were the only two foods she always kept down during pregnancy. On the other hand, milk, coffee, caffeinated tea, and citrus juices are said to make things worse.
The American Pregnancy Association suggests ginger which can be found in ginger ale, grated into hot water to make a tea, or in ginger candies. It also suggests vitamins B6 and B12, and lots of rest. My friend Liz wore an acupressure wrist band during her first trimester. You can perform self-acupressure by putting pressure at the P6 point found on the inner side of the arm, in line with the middle finger, 1/6 of the way between the wrist and the elbow.
Take comfort in the fact that morning sickness will eventually go away on its own. Contact your doctor if you experience excessive vomiting that leads to weight loss, if the vomiting is accompanied by pain or fever, or if you vomit blood.
If these suggestions don’t work, ask your friends and family for remedies that worked for them.
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