If you have begun or are planning your pregnancy journey you may be interested to know what is the latest on natural morning sickness cures.
Just going to be really honest up front and say that the only real cure for morning sickness is the passing of time, however there are some ideas here that may help you ease the way.
When I was feeling really ill, I was always comforted in the knowledge my baby was getting the goodness he needed to form and grow – even though I felt awful at times.
If you are feeling a bit queasy it may well pass by the end of the first trimester – others (not many) feel a bit ill the whole time.
When does morning sickness start?
Morning sickness usually starts around 6 weeks into your first trimester. Some people find it hits in the morning when you wake up others may have triggers that set them off during the day. E.g. certain foods or smells
Morning sickness symptoms
Everyone experiences their own “cocktail” of symptoms – some of you may only have one or two – others may have more
Typical morning sickness symptoms include:
Our Top 7 Natural Morning Sickness Remedies
Here at www.morningmummy.co.nzwe are really keen on keeping things as natural as you can. We often get feedback from our “mummies” on what works and what doesn’t. Listed below are the top 7 remedies that we know have eased the way for some.
1 - Eat well. Stick to healthy foods that appeal to you — for now, that is. You may have a range of cravings but if you can try to stick to healthy veges, carbs and clean protein. E.g. whole grain muffin, glass of milk (dairy or non-dairy) or some dried fruit.
Eat early, try having a cracker or trail mix before you get out of bed in the morning and the same again right before bed.
Eat often. Small meals or snacks 6 or more times a day place less strain on your stomach acid and allows the digestion process to happen more smoothly.
2 - Drink up. It’s really important to get enough fluids during pregnancy especially if you are vomiting a lot and it is leaving you high, dry and dehydrated.
3- Try anything with Ginger in it. Ginger has long been known to help ease nausea. Ginger Tea, Ginger Ale, Gingernuts, Ginger muffins, Ginger Lozenges – you name it – anything with ginger can help. Even the smell of ginger can often help.
4 - Try Sea-Band wristlets. These 1-inch wide bands put pressure on an acupressure point in the inner wrist. They cause no side effects. We have had a lot of great feedback on our Seaband wristbands. Also, perfect if you get sea or motion sickness
5 - Rest, de-stress and slow down.Always easier said than done. If possible, try to slow down the pace in your day. Focus on belly breathing and mindfulness techniques. Many yoga teachers offer prenatal yoga – here is an online option with an experienced yoga teacher called Loren who has a huge passion for yoga related to pregnancy. You may also find you feel like you need to go to bed a little earlier than usual.
6 - Try alternative solutions. In NZ there are many complementary medical approaches, for example acupuncture, acupressure, biofeedback or hypnosis, that can help minimize the symptoms of morning sickness — anything that is natural is worth a try.
7 – Suck boiled sweets. Our Mummies have had a lot of success sucking boiled sweets. The sucking motion seems to sooth the tummy and the natural ingredients settle the digestion system. Our best sellers are the Natural Preggie Pop Drops, The Organic Preggie Pop Drops and the Seaband Ginger Lozenges.
When to see a doctor for morning sickness
If you are vomiting and can't keep food or drink down, there is a chance you could become dehydrated or malnourished. Contact your Doctor or Midwife if you:
- have very dark-coloured urine or do not pass urine for more than 8 hours
- are unable to keep food or fluids down for 24 hours
- feel severely weak, dizzy or faint when standing up
- have abdominal (tummy) pain
- have a high temperature of 38°C (100.4°F) or above
- vomit blood
- have pain when passing urine or any blood in your urine (this may be a urine infection).