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Morning Sickness Remedies

Posted on Jul 8, 2011 | Articles Category | | Print This Article
 

Not all morning sickness remedies will work for you, but here is a collection of suggested remedies. You may have to try a few in order to get some relief.

Be sure to discuss your morning sickness and potential relief with your doctor.

Do you have a favorite remedy or have one that did absolutely nothing for you?? Why not share your thoughts with other morning sickness sufferers!

General Remedies:

  • Avoid warm places as heat can increase the nausea feelings.
  • Take naps during the day (but not right after eating). Tiredness plays a big part in morning sickness.
  • Get enough sleep at night.
  • Get out of bed slowly in the morning.
  • Try eating plain crackers or dry cereal before you get out of bed in the morning.

Smells:

  • Open windows or turn on exhaust fans when cooking and after meals.
  • Cooking in the microwave usually produces less odors.
  • Silly as it sounds, carry a handkerchief with a few drops of a non nausea causing essential oil (lemon for example) in it and breath through it if you can’t get away from the smell that is bothering you.

Food and Drink:

  • Avoid greasy or spicy foods as they often cause nausea or heartburn.

  • Eat what you want when you want it. Your cravings will not lead you the wrong way.
  • Have frequent protein snacks. (Low fat meats and seafood, nuts, eggs and beans are high protein.)
  • Eat smaller meals every two hours or so.
  • Eating something salty before a meal can help you “make it through” a meal.
  • Do not drink fluids with your meals.
  • Non caffeinated teas like peppermint and ginger can help calm nausea.
  • Drink small amounts of fluids regularly though out the day to avoid dehydration.
  • Do not skip meals if you can help it.
  • Avoid spicy and fried food – both eating and smelling it can increase your nausea.
  • Cold food may have less nausea inducing smells associated with them.

Supplements:

  • Try taking your prenatals later in the day.
  • Talk to your doctor about:
    • Vitamin B6 – 50 mg. daily. Vitamin B6 has been shown to help with pregnancy induced nausea.
    • Ginger capsules: 250 mg. three times daily. Ginger has long been associated with alleviating nausea. (Remember drinking ginger ale when you felt sick when you were little?)
    • Ask your doctor if you can stop taking your Prenatals temporarily to see if the nausea diminishes. You may still need to take a Folic Acid supplement to help protect your baby.
    • Talk to your doctor about not taking iron supplements unless you are anemic. Iron supplements can be hard for your stomach to deal with.



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