Morning sickness is an almost inevitable symptom of pregnancy. But just because nausea happens in the majority of pregnancies, it doesn’t mean that we can’t find some relief. Next, we will cover 10 natural morning sickness remedies that will help you through those rough patches.
Before we move on to pregnancy nausea remedies it is important to know why it happens in the first place and what you can expect throughout your pregnancy journey.
*Disclaimer: Although I am a healthcare professional (Registered Nurse) I am not a doctor. Always consult with your doctor, OB-GYN, and/or midwife with pregnancy-related concerns, and before trying any of the following suggestions.
What causes morning sickness?
Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy.
They are many factors that contribute to morning sickness and its severity. But, the most common reason is a fast increase in hormone levels during the first few weeks of pregnancy which causes nausea and vomiting. (Source)
Another culprit is decreased blood sugar levels.
What are the morning sickness symptoms?
Morning sickness is characterized by nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester.
Excessive nausea and vomiting during pregnancy resulting in weight loss is called hyperemesis gravidarum and should be reported to your doctor immediately as it posses the risk of severe dehydration.
Can morning sickness happen at night?
The term “morning sickness” refers to pregnancy nausea and vomiting as a whole, and despite its name, morning sickness can strike at any time of the day or night.
I experienced morning sickness with both pregnancies. However, nausea and vomiting were more pronounced with my daughter. It lasted longer and it carried through the day and into the night.
Pregnancy with my son was more forgiving.
Fun fact: Some say that if you experience pregnancy nausea at night you could be having a girl. There is little evidence to support that theory, but it proved correct in my case.
When does pregnancy nausea start and when does it end?
Morning sickness makes its sneaky appearance as early as 3-4 weeks gestation. It is one of the first pregnancy symptoms and can last all pregnancy long. However, most women can expect some relief at about 14 weeks gestation.
Can I take any medication for pregnancy nausea?
Yes. There are many medications and supplements your doctor can prescribe to help ease your morning sickness. Especially, if your morning sickness interferes with your day to day, doesn’t subside as you are far along in your pregnancy journey, or develop excessive vomiting.
Common medication and supplements prescribed to manage morning sickness include Vitamin B6, anti-nausea, and reflux medications.
BUT, before we reach into our pillbox, let’s try out these 10 natural morning sickness remedies…
10 Natural Morning Sickness Remedies
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Preventing and treating your morning sickness starts with making smart food choices.
Here are some things to consider when reaching out for food throughout the day.
Many foods are great in helping treat and in some cases prevent morning sickness.
Some anti-nausea foods include:
- Foods high in Vitamin B6 (e.g. salmon, chicken, bananas avocados, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and peanuts)
- Bland foods (e.g. Brat diet, chicken soup, baked potato)
- Cold foods (e.g. fruits, sandwiches, popsicles, Jell-O)
With both of my pregnancies, cold pineapple was my saving grace. I later learned that pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which is a natural digestive aid.
Brat Diet for Pregnancy
If you have been vomiting or find yourself feeling a little queasy, opt for the BRAT Diet.
I learned about the BRAT Diet about 15 years ago in Nursing School. Since then, it has come in really handy not just in helping patients but applying in my own life. It is also a life-saver when the kids have a stomach bug.
BRAT stands for (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast). These foods help replace nutrients your body needs and had been lost by vomiting. For instance, bananas are high in potassium.
At the same time, these bland foods don’t irritate your stomach which is great at helping ease nausea/vomiting and helping keep food down.
Remember that the Brat Diet is only a temporary remedy as it lacks important nutrients and minerals for daily nutrition. So, if your morning sickness is severe please contact your doctor.
Small Frequent Meals
Eat small meals throughout the day to avoid getting too full or too hungry. Keeping that balance will help prevent pregnancy nausea as both extremes (too full or too hungry) can trigger it.
Foods to Avoid
Just are there are foods that can aid in curing and preventing morning sickness there are also those that make it worse.
Avoiding the following foods while you are still in the morning sickness phase is a good idea:
- Spicy foods
- Greasy foods
- High sugar foods
Ginger is a natural morning sickness reliever powerhouse!
Ginger has shown to be a safe, effective, and natural way to reduce pregnancy nausea.
As per Healthline, “some research has shown that ginger and its compounds may increase digestive responsiveness and speed stomach emptying, which may reduce nausea”.
With that said, there is something as “too much” ginger consumption which can come with it’s set of side effects. So use in moderation and consult your health care provider before taking higher dosages of ginger, such as ginger supplements.
Good alternatives for pregnancy ginger consumption include:
Organic Crystallized Ginger: is great to add to teas, warm drinks, fruit salad, or eat it straight from the package.
Organic Ginger Tea is also a great and great option and very convenient to take with you to work or to make at home.
Organic Ginger Candies. These were another life-saver with both pregnancies as I worked as an Open Heart Surgery Nurse. Keeping a handful of these in my scrub’s pocket as I worked endless hours in the Operating Room was one of the few things that helped keep my head out of the toilet.
As previously mention, cold foods tend to be a good morning sickness zapper.
So, ice pops, popsicles, and other frozen treats are great at combating and preventing nausea by being easier on the stomach. In addition, popsicles or ice pops provide much-needed fluid and hydration, especially on hot, sunny days or physical labor.
Another plus of frozen treats is that they tend to be mostly odorless, helping fend off a possible food odor nausea trigger.
Peppermint is another spice said to alleviate morning sickness.
I can attest to that from personal experience, but I tried not to overdue it with peppermint as it could worsen heartburn later in pregnancy.
Sea-Bands are also a great natural morning sickness remedy.
Although I did not use one of these myself I have heard of others who have and swear by them.
As per the manufacturer, Sea-Bands work by Acupressure, by applying pressure to the P6 (Nei Kuan) acupressure point on each wrist. Applying pressure to this point has been proven to relieve nausea and vomiting associated with multiple conditions including motions sickness and morning sickness.
The Sea-Band Anti-Nausea Acupressure Wristband has some of the best reviews (4,500+) on Amazon and it is an Amazon’s Choice Product.
6. Morning Sickness Products
There are multiple natural morning sickness products available in the market today.
Here are some of the most popular:
These Organic Pink Stork Morning Sickness Sweets: Ginger Raspberry Flavor are a great option. They contain vitamin B6 and ginger which are both recommended for natural nausea relief.
The Preggie Pop Drops (48-count) by Three Lollies are also a popular option. They come in multiple flavors and are also an Amazon’s Choice product with 4-star reviews.
The Pink Stork Mist: Magnesium Spray for Morning Sickness is another popular pregnancy relief product. Pink Stork mist helps reduce feelings of nausea and vomiting in pregnant women by addressing magnesium deficiency.
7. Morning Sickness Teas
Besides the Ginger Tea and Peppermint Tea previously mentioned, there are other teas that have been crafted specifically for a pregnant woman to help with morning sickness symptoms relief.
One of the most popular and natural/organic are:
The Earth Mama Organic Morning Wellness Tea Bags are a great choice. Earth Mama is one of my favorite maternity brands because they are safe and organic, and if you have ever read my Natural and Non-Toxic Postpartum Care Kit you might have already noticed, haha.
As previously mentioned, some supplements are used to help with morning sickness relief. However, they are to be used with doctor supervision as dosages might vary.
The most common supplements that help with pregnancy nausea is Vitamin B6. As per BabyCentre, “Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) helps our bodies to process certain amino acids (proteins), which may somehow reduce nausea.”
With that said most pregnancy multivitamins already contain 10mg of vitamin B, so don’t add an additional supplement without consulting with your healthcare provider.
A safer approach is to eat Vitamin B6 rich foods, such as lean meat, nuts, avocados, and bananas.
Studies have found that acupuncture is an effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy. (Source)
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese medicine and it is used today to alleviate multiple pregnancy symptoms, including morning sickness.
In Acupuncture, a trained practitioner inserts hair-thin needles into your skin, targeting points that correspond to deep-seated nerves. In turn, nerves are stimulated and activated triggering the release of several brain chemicals that help block signals helping relieve pregnancy symptoms, such as pregnancy nausea. (Source)
Acupuncture and Acupressure (e.g Sea-Bands) are relatively safe during pregnancy… But, as always, please consult with your health care provider before you make a decision if acupuncture is right for you.
Fun fact: I almost had acupuncture with my second pregnancy (baby girl). I was about to lose my mind with daily nausea. Thankfully though, at about 18 weeks along it started to subside and I ended up not needing it.
10. Avoid Triggers
Remedy number 10 is one of the most essential tips for not only the treatment of morning sickness but for the prevention of it.
Despite the already existing nausea that happens as a result of hormones, there are other factors that might trigger nausea and/or vomiting.
Here are a few things to avoid to either relieve pregnancy nausea or avoid it altogether:
- Strong odors
- Extreme heat
- Extreme hunger or getting too full eating
- Trigger food (personal food aversion, spicy food, greasy food, etc.)
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Morning sickness can take a toll on pregnant mamas, so finding ways to relieve morning sickness is vital to help you feel better and get back to enjoying your pregnancy.
Whether is one or all of the aforementioned morning sickness remedies that you try, I hope that one of them does the trick.
In the meantime, hang in there mama. You are not alone!
Know that this phase will soon pass and you will be on the next motherhood adventure before you know it…For instance, using the toilet while a toddler empties out your bathroom cabinets. 😉
What morning sickness remedies have you tried and which are you thinking about implementing?
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