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The Best Nausea Remedies for Morning Sickness

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  • Curing Morning Sickness Naturally

    Curing Morning Sickness Naturally

    Many women experience nausea during the first trimester of pregnancy. While it’s known as “morning sickness” because the discomfort typically strikes when you wake up, it can occur at any time of the day.

    Morning sickness is caused by the many changes that occur in a woman’s body when she is pregnant. While vomiting and nausea are natural parts of the process for some women, they can also cause significant discomfort. Read on for natural ways to make early pregnancy a little easier. 

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  • Ginger

    Ginger

    Ginger has been used to ease upset stomachs for centuries. You can take it as a supplement, eat it raw, or brew it as a tea. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that pregnant women get 250 milligrams (mg) of ginger four times a day to help prevent and treat morning sickness.

    There is, however, some controversy surrounding using ginger while pregnant. According to the NIH, there is concern that ginger affects fetal sex hormones. However, most studies suggest that using ginger to prevent morning sickness proposes no health risks to the baby. It’s best to discuss any concerns with your doctor. 

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  • Lemon

    Lemon

    Lemon is a popular choice to calm pregnant women’s nausea. Some find the signature sweet smell of lemon can ease a tumbling tummy, while others find comfort in its tart and sour flavor.

    Squeezing some lemon juice or adding a few drops of lemon juice concentrate into a glass of water can help. Sucking on lemon drop candies may also do the trick. 

  • Vitamin B6

    Vitamin B6

    Vitamin B6, also labeled as pyridoxine in supplement form, has been shown to help with nausea in the first months of pregnancy. Research suggests that higher intake of vitamin B6 doesn’t have adverse effects on pregnancy.

    The Mayo Clinic recommends that pregnant women with morning sickness get 25 mg of vitamin B6 every eight hours, but check usage and dosage with your doctor first. B6 is found naturally in dark leafy vegetables, beans, and fortified cereals. 

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  • Sip Something Soothing

    Sip Something Soothing

    Staying hydrated is extremely important for mothers-to-be. The vomiting that can come with morning sickness can increase the likelihood of dehydration. When they have morning sickness, most women tend to find room temperature or warm beverages easier to tolerate than iced beverages.  It is also helpful for some to separate liquids from solids.

    Stomach-soothing drinks include ginger ale or tea, citrus sodas, and seltzer water. Chamomile tea is another option, but women with allergies may experience adverse reactions.

    Avoid any beverages high in acidity and caffeine, such as coffee, as these can cause stomach upset. 

  • Other Treatments

    Other Treatments

    Some expecting mothers have used acupuncture or acupressure to deal with morning sickness. Acupressure wristbands are available at most pharmacies, but research shows that its effects are more of a placebo than an actual remedy.

    Going out for a walk to get some fresh air can also calm your nerves. As stress can contribute to stomach woes, reducing your stress load can soothe your stomach. 

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  • A Different Way to Go About Your Day

    A Different Way to Go About Your Day

    Eating something 15 minutes after you wake up is a good preventive measure to ward off morning sickness. Something bland like soda crackers or plain toast is best.

    Eating smaller portions throughout the day can also help, as an empty stomach is more likely to become upset.

    Getting someone else to cook and prepare your food is always a plus, but it can also help you avoid morning sickness. The kitchen can easily become a hot and stuffy place, which can aggravate nausea.  

  • Things to Avoid

    Things to Avoid

    Certain smells and strong odors — from foods, perfumes, etc. — can trigger nausea during pregnancy, and these vary from woman to woman. Avoid any smells you feel might be a trigger for nausea.

    Certain types of the foods can also upset already sensitive stomachs by agitating stomach acid. Pregnant women experiencing morning sickness should avoid spicy, fatty, greasy, and fried foods. While a bland diet may not sound exciting, it’s the most likely to stay down.

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  • When to See Your Doctor

    When to See Your Doctor

    While morning sickness is normal, a small percentage of women may experience hyperemesis gravidarum, or persistent vomiting and nausea that can lead to dehydration.

    Symptoms of a problem can include headaches, confusion, decreased urination, and more. The inability to keep any food down can be harmful to both mother and child.

    If you experience these symptoms, especially if you were underweight before pregnancy, you should seek medical attention. 

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