As you may have discovered by now, morning sickness is quite a misnomer; “morning” sickness can strike during your commute, while you’re at work, or while you’re getting ready for bed. Fortunately, many natural remedies exist to help you tame this experience. Natural remedies are often more effective than their synthetic counterparts and have few, if any side effects. Here are the top five ways you can combat morning sickness naturally.
1. Eat Small Meals Frequently
If you’re used to eating three meals a day, now’s a good time to change up your routine. Eating smaller meals, such as five or six larger snack-sized portions each day reduces the amount of food in your stomach, which can reduce the reflex to vomit. Some women report that not drinking while eating also seems to help reduce the feeling of being sick. However, staying hydrated is very important, so start keeping a reusable water bottle with you; Brita even makes one now with a built-in filter, so you can fill up at your convenience and have cleaner water! And as pregnancy progresses, many women find it wiser to enjoy smaller meals throughout the day in order to reduce heartburn as baby grows.
2. Try Acupuncture
Acupuncturists believe that any sickness an individual experiences may be due to blocked energy within the body. After clearing this complementary health practice with your OB or midwife, set up a session with a licensed professional experienced in treating pregnant women. The incredibly thin needles help to increase your body’s natural energy flow, reducing the likelihood of nausea. Additional benefits of acupuncture include tension relief and heightened relaxation.
3. Enjoy Mint
Many cultures use mint to help soothe an upset stomach. If you find yourself at the mercy of morning sickness, invest in a variety of mint flavored goodies to deter nausea from taking root. Try mint teas in the morning or any time of day. Fresh mint springs can be added to many dishes, and if you’re on the go, keep peppermint candies or gum with you on your travels. You could also try Origins’ Sensory Relief product Peace of Mind; made from all natural ingredients, the peppermint and eucalyptus oils in this lotion dabbed on the wrist or behind the ears can help stop feelings of nausea before they begin.
4. Grate Some Ginger
Ginger root may look knobby and unappealing, but it works wonders for upset stomachs and nausea. Consider purchasing a stash of ginger tea, or if you like the DIY route, grate ½ a tablespoon and let it steep for a few minutes before enjoying with a twist of lemon. For on the go, consider investing in crystallized ginger pieces; these sugar-encrusted chewy treats are spicy and just one or two can do the trick in warding off a bout of morning sickness. Many bath and body product lines also offer lotions and body sprays with a ginger scent, which may help as well.
5. Try Saltines
Sometimes, the simplest solutions work best. If you find that your nausea is worse in the mornings, keep a pack of saltines by your bed. Eat a few before you go to sleep; this keeps a bit of food in your stomach, which can reduce the feeling of nausea in the morning. It’s also a good idea to keep them with you throughout the day.
Hang in there! Remember: pregnancy tests are a relatively new invention; morning sickness is the body’s natural way of letting a woman know that something is changing. It won’t last forever. Try one or a combination of these five suggestions to ease the nausea that accompanies this natural alert system. What works for one woman may not work for another; every woman’s body reacts a bit differently. Most women find that during the first trimester they become extremely sensitive to specific smells. Being aware of this can help you avoid those smells that trigger discomfort. Whether it’s broccoli or laundry detergent, honor your nose and steer clear of scents that could activate morning sickness. In the end, this initial period of adjustment will be worth it!
Kathryn is a baby-wearing, cloth diapering, DIY mom to her quickly growing and pretty cute toddler. When she isn't researching and writing about natural approaches to pregnancy and parenting, she's acting out her favorite children's books or singing off-key made-up songs.