Morning sickness is a common condition of pregnancy – in fact, about three quarters of pregnant women suffer from nausea or vomiting during their first trimester – but that doesn’t mean it’s any less unpleasant when it strikes you.
Foods That Help Morning Sickness
There’s a reason why you are feeling so sick but these morning sickness remedies can help combat pregnancy nausea and are easy to try on your own.
Drink before you eat
A full stomach can trigger nausea, so try to drink water preferably, at least 30 minutes before you eat, and limit how much you drink with meals so you have enough room for food. Don’t forget to drink a lot throughout the day because staying hydrated is especially important during pregnancy.
Try ginger. Consumed in moderation, ginger can settle your stomach and ease nausea. Make ginger tea by putting the peeled, grated root in a cup of boiling water, or try taking ginger syrup or candies. Ginger capsules or tablets are also available, but ask your doctor to recommend one.
Get protein and vitamin B6: Eat simple, high-protein foods that are rich in vitamin B6, such as nuts. Skip foods that are spicy, fatty or fried because these might trigger nausea.
Eat small meals often: An empty stomach can make nausea worse. Eating small meals frequently can help your stomach from feeling empty and keep your blood sugar stable. Nibble on bland snacks, such as crackers, throughout the day.
Something Sour: If your stomach is already feeling sour, should you really add in additional sourness? Strangely, it works. “Using something sour can help,” says Michele Hakakha, M.D., FACOG, an ob-gyn in Beverly Hills and author of Expecting 411. “Try sucking on sour candy, sipping lemon water, or even just sniffing something sour. I had one patient who carried around a lemon and scratched the peel and smelled it to make her feel better.”
Mint: Eating or sniffing something containing this fresh flavor can help you feel less nauseated. Mint can help with a not-so-fresh mouth after a round of morning sickness.
Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness
If food options aren’t helping, consider one of these natural morning sickness remedies to help you feel less nauseous during pregnancy.
Acupressure or acupuncture: These techniques, which use gentle pressure or tiny needles to hit certain nerve centers in the body, can be extremely effective in treating nausea. You can wear sea bands, stretchy bracelets that put pressure on a nerve in the center of your wrist, or see a specialist to receive acupuncture treatments.
Test out this easy acupressure technique too: Press three fingertips gently but firmly on the base of your palm, just above where you’d take your pulse on your wrist. Breathe deeply and press that area with your fingertips for a minute or more, gradually increasing the pressure until you feel slight discomfort. The sensation should be the same as the feel of a mini-massage.
Exercise: You probably don’t exactly feel like running a half-marathon with your tummy so queasy. But a gentle walk could do wonders for your body. “Even walking 20 minutes a day can help release endorphins to counteract the fatigue and nausea,” Dr. Hakakha says.
Peppermint or Lemon Hand Lotion: The soothing scents may help keep you calm and relaxed. A bonus: sniffing them may help disguise other unpleasant food odors that trigger tummy pain.
Facial Wipes: A quick swipe provides an instant feel-better boost.
Hope this helps you mama. When all else fails, talk to your doctor.