Nearly 80-90% of women suffer from pregnancy nausea or morning sickness but in rare cases a small percentage of women can develop severe morning sickness or Hyperemesis Gravidarum that can even need hospitalization. Pregnancy nausea generally eases in the 12th week of pregnancy but if you are experiencing violent vomiting, dehydration, jaundice, low BP and lack of appetite then it is very important that you seek medical help immediately. Following home remedies for morning sickness can help in the meantime:
Taking 550 mg of ginger capsules per day can ease the stomach and prevent vomiting. You can also drink ginger tea made by boiling together grated ginger and water. Add a dash of lemon or honey to this tea to further ease symptoms of morning sickness. Do keep some candied ginger in your purse at all times to prevent vomiting.
2. Fennel seeds
Crush some fennel seeds in a coffee grinder. Add a cup of hot water to them and steep for 10 minutes. Sip on this tea several times a day. This is an effective Chinese remedy for nausea and pregnancy morning sickness.
Even the smell of raw, fresh lemon can calm a queasy stomach and ease pregnancy nausea. If you are experiencing severe morning sickness, drink some lemon juice mixed with water or as is. This remedy works quickly and you can use it to alleviate morning sickness all day. Lemon is one of the best pregnancy nausea relief foods to turn to- do keep them on hand at all times. You can also make a homemade ‘no to morning sickness’ tea with hot water, lemon juice, grated ginger and a dash of honey. Drink several cups through the day.
4. Red raspberry leaf tea
Herbalists from around the world are known to recommend this remedy for morning sickness. Red raspberry tea is a caffeine free, herbal tea used by pregnant women. It not only relieves pregnancy morning sickness but also can shorten duration of labor. Red raspberries and their leaves are full of antioxidants and multivitamins. They also contain potassium, magnesium and phosphorus. Today, red raspberry extracts are available in tincture and pill forms as well. Take the capsules twice a day or drink 2-3 cups of red raspberry leaf tea to relieve pregnancy nausea.
5. Apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
Take either red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar mixed with water if pregnancy nausea is keeping you awake. Mix a tablespoon of organic red wine vinegar with some juice or water and honey and drink a glassful of this mixture. You will get long term relief from nausea and vomiting within a short period of time using this effective nausea remedy.
6. Eat crackers
Many women swear by these pregnancy nausea relief foods. Crackers soothe the stomach and prevent dry heaving. Keep a box of saltines by your bed and eat them first thing upon waking up.
7. Pregnancy nausea relief foods
Apart from crackers, following pregnancy relief nausea foods can also help:
- Potato chips- do not pig out on these. Just nibble a few.
- High protein foods like peanut butter, nuts etc
- Citrusy fruits-lemon, lime, orange and so on
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as your stomach allows.
8. Avoid dairy
Dairy products like milk, cheese etc can aggravate morning sickness. So avoid these foods as far as possible.
9. Go vegan
Some experts believe that morning sickness is an indication that your body is unhappy with what you are eating. Many of these doctors recommend vegan diets to pregnant women. Based on the results, this diet has effectively prevented pregnancy nausea in several patients.
10. Eat small meals
It is very important to eat small, nutritious meals no matter how nauseous you may be feeling. Avoid drinking and eating at the same time, though it is very important to keep up your water intake. Avoid spicy foods and eat bland foods instead. Liquid meals like soups, stews and broths are best. Avoid sniffing foods that increase nausea.
11. Do not sit or stand suddenly
This is an important tip to follow in order to help with morning sickness. Avoid changing your position suddenly. It is especially important not to get out of bed with a jerky movement like you do normally. Sit in the bed for a few minutes first before getting up. Take your time.
12. Essential oils
Many aromatherapy essential oils are known to quell nausea and pregnancy vomiting. Diffuse these oils in your room where you sleep to calm your senses and prevent everyday odors from triggering morning sickness. The best morning sickness essential oils are Peppermint, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit, Lavender, Thyme and Sandalwood. Never ingest these oils without consulting an aroma-therapist first. It is safest to use these essential oils in the form of bath oils, in a diffuser or for massage. When using it for topical application, it is important that you dilute the oils first. You can also apply a few drops of these oils on your handkerchiefs and sniff the same throughout the day to prevent nausea.
13. Best herbs for pregnancy nausea relief
Some of the best herbs you can sniff, or steep into a tea to avoid pregnancy nausea and morning sickness are Lavender, Thyme, Mint, Ginger, and Fennel. Make a tea by steeping these herbs. You can also add these dried herbs in a handkerchief and sniff them from time to time. Essential oils of these herbs can also help.
14. Supplements for pregnancy nausea and severe morning sickness
Your OB/GYN will prescribe vitamin supplements which you need to take for the entire duration of pregnancy. Of these, Vitamin B 6 is very important to combat pregnancy morning sickness and nausea. Take at least 10 to 15 mg three times a day.
Luckily, most women start feeling better in their third month of pregnancy. You need not sit and suffer from pregnancy nausea and severe morning sickness. Next time you feel sick, try above home remedies for relief.