Tips to Combat Morning Sickness

50% of all women experience morning sickness between the 6th and 12th weeks of pregnancy. Although it’s called morning sickness it can really happen any time of the day. Here are some tips to help relieve symptoms and prevent more serious side effects like dehydration, malnutrition and significant weight loss.

 

  1. Sip on ginger tea. Ginger, especially in tea form can help relieve nausea. It’s important to always stay hydrated but even more so when pregnant. It can be easy to avoid eating or drinking enough when everything seems to make you feel nauseated, but going without food or drink can make things worse. In addition to drinking plenty of water, pregnancy teas with ginger, dandelion, peppermint, and red raspberry leaf can also be helpful.  If choosing peppermint tea be aware that it can sometimes increase reflux in pregnancy.

 

  1. Eat small and frequent meals: try crackers with nut butter or cheese.

 

  1. Homepathics like nux vomica, sepia, and natrum phos can be wonderful for helping with nausea during pregnancy.  Nux tends to also help with irritability, and sepia for all sorts of symptoms related to hormonal changes like headaches and emotional roller coasters.  Talk with your health care provider for more individualized dosing.

 

  1. Come see us! Adjustments, digestive enzymes, and vitamin mineral supplementation can all be helpful.

 

  1. Remember that it will end. Morning sickness usually subsides after the first 13 weeks.

 

ginger: JAMA. 2016 Oct 4;316(13):1392-1401. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.14337.

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