Are you a pregnant woman who often has an uncomfortable and a nauseating feeling? Does morning sickness during your pregnancy trouble you a lot? Pregnancy is a beautiful, and yet a crucial phase in a woman’s life. And morning sickness is a natural phenomenon that affects mostly all pregnant women in the early weeks of pregnancy.
But then, are there any simple remedies that can give you respite from morning sickness? Well, there are! Read on to know the causes of morning sickness and the effective remedies that treat it!
What Causes Morning Sickness?
Morning sickness is usually the result of hormonal imbalance. Other more specific reasons include:
- Excess salivation during the first trimester
- Low blood sugar
- Increase in progesterone levels; progesterone helps prevent premature birth by loosening the uterus muscles. However, progesterone also loosens the stomach and intestine muscles, which leads to excess stomach acids and acid reflux.
- Usually you get more sensitive to smells during pregnancy, which may cause nausea.
- An increase in bilirubin levels (1).
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Home Remedies To Stop Vomiting During Pregnancy:
Now that you know what causes morning sickness, take a look at the inspired home remedies for this affliction!
Many studies have concluded that ginger is one of the best natural remedies for vomiting during pregnancy. Specific studies have also explored the possibility of giving ginger tablets to patients. As a measure of caution, remember to use natural ginger, as there is no regulation on the amount of ginger in the capsule. Always speak to your doctor before you opt for a ginger based product (2).
Drink loads of water. It has often been found that morning sickness can lead to dehydration (3). Conversely, dehydration can also induce nausea. Don’t drink too much of water at once. Ideally drink 2 liters of water a day, at the very least. Drink only water, as cold and sweetened drinks might worsen your symptoms.
3. Stay Away From Stress:
Sometimes, emotional triggers like stress can result in morning sickness. Keep calm and try to understand your triggers and look to avoid things that might trigger your symptoms (4).
Many studies have proved that P6 or wrist acupressure has been found to effectively reduce and alleviate the symptoms of nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. Acupressure, unlike its closely related medical cousin, deals with the application of pressure and not needles (5).
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One of the biggest signs of morning sickness is your body showing the need to rest. Make sure you don’t over exert yourself, as this is a sensitive time. You should get plenty of rest and make sure you sleep well. Tiredness only aggravates the symptoms of morning sickness (6).
6. Eat Small But Regular Meals:
Binging on food isn’t the smartest thing to do as it may have adverse effects. High carbohydrate foods like bread and crackers are good for you. Sometimes, sickness aggravates if you skip your meals. Eating regular food in the right dose helps ease the symptoms of morning sickness. You can also consider a cold meal, as nausea can be induced by the smell of food as well (7).
One of the best home remedies for vomiting during early pregnancy is peppermint. This herb brings down core temperature, calms the mind and suppresses the urge to drink something cold.
You can either chew on some peppermint leaves or get your hands on some sugar-free chewing gums. If you don’t like chewing gum, you can brew some peppermint tea. Alternatively, you can sniff some peppermint essential oil. However, be careful while you do this as the strong smell of the oil can aggravate morning sickness (8).
8. Herbal Remedies:
You can also try out some herbal remedies for relieving the symptoms of morning sickness. Many herbs like chamomile, lemon balm, and other lozenges help control nausea. Although these effects may be quite short-lived, you will need to mix and match to find your favorite herbal remedy (9).
In most cases, aromatherapy can help you relax. However, morning sickness is characterized by a sensitive nose, and some oils may worsen your nauseating feeling. Some essential oils that can help you relieve nausea are:
- Lemon essential oil (10)
- Lime essential oil
- Ginger essential oil
We hope these home remedies help you get relief from morning sickness. Please tell us about any other home remedies for vomiting during pregnancy that have worked for you. Leave a comment below!
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