Morning Sickness Remedies

Morning Sickness Remedies

Morning sickness remedies mainly address the nausea associated with morning sickness and not the ailment itself as this is considered a natural part of pregnancy and as it is not really an illness, there isn’t really a cure as such.
The nausea and vomiting you experience will tend to occur mainly in the morning, although contrary to its name, it can occur at any time of the day. For most women the nausea will abate after the end of the first trimester.

Read one mother’s story of how she managed to cure morning sickness naturally

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Theoretic Causes of Morning Sickness:

  • Having an empty stomach (usually after a long night’s sleep)
  • A low blood sugar caused by the placenta taking energy from the mother.
  • Higher levels of the hormone oestrogen that can increase a hundredfold during pregnancy which may cause direct irritation to the stomach.
  • A sensitivity to odors such as cigarette smoke and perfume can overstimulate the body to feelings of nausea and sickness.
  • Excess stomach acids caused by the hormone progesterone which is used to relax the muscles of the uterus in order to prevent early childbirth.
  • An increase in hCG (Human Chorinonic Gonadotropin) which is a Glycoprotein responsible for cell development and is critical in human pregnancy has also been said to be a possible contributing factor to morning sickness.

Morning Sickness Remedies

    • Always be sure to eat little and often to avoid having an empty stomach. Around 5-6 small meals per day is recommended.
    • Eat high-carbohydrate foods such as wholemeal bread, potatoes, rice and cereals or easily digestible foods such as bananas, yoghurt, toast, rice, cabbage and tea. Make sure you avoid fried foods and caffeine.
    • Drink extra fluids such as water, fruit juice or skimmed milk (if you can keep them down) usually around 30-45 minutes after eating solids.
    • If liquids are unmanageable then try sucking ice cubes made with either plain water or fruit juice.
    • Ginger (in capsules) tea, ginger ale or ginger snaps
    • Glucose sweets – keep these with you at all times and take one when you feel that your blood sugar level may have dropped.
    • Try putting a dry cracker or plain biscuit with a glass of water by the side of your bed to have 15 minutes before getting out of bed in the morning.
    • The smell of freshly cut lemons
    • Vitamin B6 or a prescribed anti-nausea medication (a doctor will best advise on which one is most suited).

General morning sickness remedies are not advised for the severe form of vomiting known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum which needs to be carefully monitored. If you are being sick more than three times a day for 3 days running then it needs to be reported to a Doctor as this can deplete you of your essential fluid and minerals, leading to low blood pressure which is always harmful to your baby. The only safe remedy for this type of morning sickness, for some, may be hospitalization in order to replace all of the fluids you may have lost.

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