Morning sickness is a common complaint for pregnant women, especially during their first trimester. In fact, according to the American Pregnancy Association, as many as 85% of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
Unfortunately there is no clear reason why morning sickness occurs. It is most likely due to increased hormone levels.
The good news is that some studies show that morning sickness may actually be a sign of a healthy pregnancy. And, for those who are dealing with it, there are plenty of management options and natural remedies that can help to alleviate the symptoms of morning sickness.
Ginger or ginger root has been used medicinally for a long time, and it is commonly used to soothe nausea and calm upset stomachs. Some studies show that the compounds in ginger may accelerate digestion and allow the stomach to empty more quickly. It is believed that this helps relieve nausea. Try ginger tea, ginger ale, ginger chews or ginger capsules to get your ginger fix.
Vitamin B6 has been shown to reduce feelings of nausea. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends Vitamin B6 for treating morning sickness. Take 10 to 25 mg of vitamin B-6 three times a day, every six to eight hours. Be sure to check your prenatal vitamins, though, because most contain vitamin B6. You’ll want to factor those amounts into your daily intake. We also recommend speaking with your doctor or midwife before beginning a new supplement regimen.
This one probably does not need to be stated, as you are likely feeling more tired during your first trimester. But, getting plenty of rest can improve your morning sickness symptoms. Make sure to get plenty of sleep at night, and don’t rule out taking naps as well.
Drinking plenty of fluids can also help to alleviate nausea during morning sickness. Not to mention, women who are actually experiencing vomiting along with their nausea will need lots of additional fluids to stay hydrated. Try to drink at least two fluid liters per day. You may also find that you tolerate cold drinks better.
Many women experiencing morning sickness have found that eating smaller meals more frequently helps keep nausea at bay. An empty stomach and low blood sugar can trigger morning sickness, so eating more often can be very helpful. Be sure to keep your nutrition in check with these healthy snack ideas from registered dieticians.
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If you are looking for more natural ways to care for yourself and your unborn baby, be sure to check out our Maternity Care ideas.