For many women, morning sickness is just one of the facts of life that comes along with pregnancy. Not everyone suffers those symptoms, and for others it will be fairly mild in intensity and pass in a few weeks or a couple of months. For the less fortunate, it can last throughout their term—giving them plenty of opportunity to test out some of the plentiful advice and suggested cures for pregnancy nausea remedies that are offered.
Morning sickness varies from case to case—some women do experience in the mornings, others can suffer at all times of the day; some merely feel queasy, while others have fairly intense vomiting. So it’s not surprising that the treatments that have been devised work better for some people than for others. It can take some trial and error to hit on one that works for you.
The most obvious is perhaps to follow your instincts—if a food doesn’t appeal to you, don’t try to force yourself to eat it. Odor is often a trigger for nausea, so try sticking to bland foods or eating your food cold or at room temperature, since heat brings out the aroma of food.
Dry toast and crackers are classic remedies for any kind of nausea, including morning sickness, especially on first getting up in the morning. It’s good to get a little something in the stomach that is bland yet will absorb and neutralize stomach acids. Many women keep a package of saltines at their bedside, in the car, at their desk, to snack on through the day. Beyond just snacking on crackers, it’s often recommended that pregnant women do better eating frequent small meals that more regular large meals to keep the stomach in a fairly steady state throughout the day. The same advice goes for liquids—drink moderate amounts throughout the day. This is particularly important for women who are vomiting a good deal and are at some risk for dehydration. The nutritional supplements in sports drinks can help replace the electrolytes being lost as well.
Some interesting “alternative” treatment approaches can also help some women deal with morning sickness. One treatment that has shown good results is a specially designed bracelet or wristband that applies the traditional Chinese remedy of “acupressure” to a point (the P6 pressure point) on the wrist. This pressure supposedly blocks the signals that trigger nausea from getting to the brain. These bands are marketed for treating all kinds of nausea, from motion sickness and seasickness to morning sickness and the nausea caused by chemotherapy. Another device operates by applying an electric stimulation to the wrist at the same point (acustimulation).
Various herbal remedies have been used to control the symptoms of morning sickness, including ginger, chamomile, peppermint, and raspberry leaf. Some well-designed research studies have shown that ginger can significantly reduce vomiting and nausea for pregnant women (as well as other forms of nausea). The studies involved the use of 250 mg ground ginger capsules taken four times a day. Ginger ale and ginger infusions can also be used and may be safer than powdered ginger supplements on the market.
Pregnant women should be sure to assess any other vitamins and supplements they are taking for their possible effects. The iron in many multivitamins can cause digestive symptoms which will be worsened during pregnancy, for instance, and prenatal vitamins are available that are lower in iron.
Hopefully, some of these remedies will help most women get over the worst aspects of morning sickness. And finally, most pregnant women with or without morning sickness will benefit from reduced stress and increased relaxation.