Morning sickness is the result of the hormonal shift in your body. The good news is that it’s a positive pregnancy sign, the less good news is that it is part of your body’s adjustment.
Here are natural ways to manage morning sickness:
Don’t beat yourself up or try to push through. Know that this is part of pregnancy for the time and shift your schedule to give yourself extra time in the morning.
Lemon and Peppermint Essential Oil
Put a few drops on a tissue and breath the smell in when you feel nausea coming.
Sipping water throughout the day will keep you hydrated which reduces morning sickness. Try seltzer water too. The bubbles help calm the stomachs of some women.
Ginger provides nausea relief.
You can buy wrists bands to relieve motion sickness which also work for morning sickness. One brand is Seabands.
You can also apply pressure to the same acupressure point on your wrist yourself. Here is how to find it: Palms up, place your first three fingers of the opposite hand on your inner wrist. Apply pressure for 10-20 seconds with your index finger between the two tendons.
Have protein and fat when you wake up. Cheese, nuts, nut butter, unsweetened dried coconut, scrambled eggs, yogurt are all good- the protein and fat will give you sustained energy without swings in your blood sugar which can trigger nausea.
Take 25 to 50 mg twice a day. B6 helps relieve vomiting and nausea.
If nausea is keeping you from eating, please talk to your doctor or midwife. Give them a clear list of what you have been eating including quantity. Also, record frequency of vomiting.
Julia Erickson, the founder of Aphrodite Project, is a wellness authority who uses food, meditation, and movement to create extraordinary health and wellness. Julia's practice is focused on helping women thrive and heal from chronic disease. She is also mother of seven.