Safest Morning Sickness Treatments

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 | Blog Posts, Morning Sickness Remedies Category | | Print This Article


The majority of women experience some degree of morning sickness when they are pregnant. It usually starts early in the pregnancy and lasts into the beginning of the second trimester. The type and severity of symptoms can vary considerably.

For some, morning sickness never gets more severe than slight nausea. For others, it involves full-fledged vomiting sessions and the seeming inability to keep anything substantial down. For some, morning sickness comes first thing in the morning (hence the name). For others, it can come at any time of day or night. Some women experience morning sickness when they eat particular foods or come into contact with particular smells.

In the past, medication was used to treat morning sickness. Some of these medications have since been shown to cause serious birth defects. As a result most women (and medical professionals) are hesitant to prescribe medication for nausea if it can be avoided. While there are safe medications which are sometimes prescribed for severe morning sickness, most medical professionals and mom-to-be prefer to use natural methods of relief whenever possible.

So, what can you do when you need relief from morning sickness? There are lots of things you can try. Try as many of them as you need to until you find something that works for you.

  • Ginger root. This can be shaved and sprinkled over food or eaten plain, but the most common ways to get ginger include ginger ale, ginger tea, and ginger snaps (cookies/crackers).
  • Acupressure bracelets. These are a fairly new idea, though the concept behind them comes from centuries-old Chinese medicine. The bracelets work by putting pressure on a point on the inside of your wrist. This reduces nausea, whether it’s from morning sickness or something else.
  • Vitamin B6. You should be taking prenatal vitamins anyway. Taking extra B6 can reduce nausea and morning sickness. It can also give you extra energy and help you fight fatigue.
  • Exercise. You’re not going to want to exercise while you’re getting ready to toss your cookies, and it probably wouldn’t help if you did. Regular exercise, though, can help reduce pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness and fatigue.
  • Crackers. This is the old standby, but there’s a good reason women have been fighting morning sickness with crackers for so long: it works. It’s a good idea to carry some saltines or oyster crackers with you everywhere you go. Keep them by your bed in the morning and in your purse with you wherever you go.

These are just a few of the many remedies for morning sickness. If these don’t work for you, or if your morning sickness becomes severe enough to significantly affect your day to day life, contact your doctor for other suggestions.



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