Top 5 Ways to Relieve Morning Sickness

Posted on May 2, 2012 | Blog Posts, Morning Sickness Remedies Category | | Print This Article

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Morning sickness is one of the most dreaded, and is the most common, symptom you’re likely to have during your pregnancy. For most women, it stops by the end of the first trimester. However, while you’re dealing with it, the fact that it’s going to end one day is cold comfort.

Fortunately, there are some things you can relieve your morning sickness. Here are some of the most proven:

  1. Focus on complex carbohydrates. Eat plenty of pasta, bread, potatoes, and crackers. These items all are relatively easy for your body to process. They don’t hang around in the stomach long. Fatty foods take much longer to digest, and can promote nausea.
  2. Keep away from strong smells. If possible, stay out of the kitchen. Strong food odors, even good ones, can cause you to experience nausea. Especially strong-smelling foods like fish, garlic, and onions should be avoided, as should cleaning products.
  3. Use peppermint. Whether it takes the form of a peppermint candy or a peppermint tea, many women experience relief of morning sickness with this valuable herb. Just make sure that the tea or candy you’re consuming has real peppermint oil, and not just artificial peppermint flavoring.
  4. Peanut butter. Believe it or not, many women have had luck with peanut butter. If possible, stick with low-fat version of this snack, however.  (Peanut butter tends to be relatively high in fat, and that can of course actually trigger your morning sickness.
  5. Ginger. As with peppermint, many women get relief from their morning sickness using ginger. You might drink ginger tea, or have a ginger soda. There are even ginger supplements you can take. Here again, make sure it’s not artificially flavored. You want the real thing if it’s going to help you with your morning sickness.

So, what about you? Have you tried any of the remedies on this list? Are there things not on this list that you’ve been able to use in the past to get relief from morning sickness?

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