Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Home remedies for morning sickness by Corey Walden

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Hope you're enjoying the health series by our featured writer for the month?
If you're pregnant, if you will be someday, this one is for you :)

Corey Walden writes ...

Among the most infamous symptoms of pregnancy is morning sickness, the intense nausea and vomiting that often occurs first thing when a pregnant woman wakes up during her first trimester.  

Not all pregnant women suffer from morning sickness, but this kind of constant misery can add up and make daily pregnant life a lot harder than it already is.  How each woman experiences it, if they do at all, varies quite a bit as well, from a bit of queasiness to days on end of flu like nausea.  While we aren’t entirely certain what causes morning sickness, luckilythere exists ways to achieve relief from these sometimes severe symptoms. There is no straight out cure to morning sickness, but we have compiled some of the most effective ways to minimizing the unpleasantness or even misery of morning sickness.

Eat Often: If you find that hunger pangs are part of what brings on your nausea you will want to make sure to keep satiated.  At the very least, keep a snack on hand of something that won’t irritate your stomach but you’re likely to be interested in at any given moment.

Separate Fluids And Solids: To avoid too much bulk in the stomach at once, try to drink more water in between meals instead of during.

Eat Bland Foods: Spicy (hot) or otherwise overly spiced foods may be a real irritant are going to be number one on the x’d list, bland foods are going to be your friend.  Many foods will already exist that will be very nauseating and unpleasant, sometimes for no logical reason, so don’t add to them.

Eat Complex: Refined carbohydrates aren’t normally healthy for you anyway, so now is not the time to start upping them.  Focus on more complex carbohydrates, such as brown rice, whole-wheat bread, and vegetables.  These will be much more comfortably digested.

Don’t Smell Your Foods: Many women who suffer from morning sickness will have particular smells that set off their nausea, and even if the taste of the food or how it digests isn’t a problem, the smell might be.  Once you identify which smells these are you can either avoid the food or avoid the smell itself.  It may seem weird to plug your nose and eat, but it may be worth the effort.  You can also rely on keeping a cloth with you that is infused with lavender, lemon, or thyme extract/oil tobreath into when smells are bothering you.

Avoid Sudden Movements: Changing your posture too quickly, especially when standing up and first thing in the morning getting out of bed can cause sudden waves of nausea.

Walk:  Taking a short walk can actually help alleviate nausea and other related symptoms, and so too can other exercise, but check with your doctor before doing anything more strenuous than walking.

Embrace Protein: Eating high protein foods such as nuts and peanut butter may help ease your morning sickness, dairy and some other protein sources have been seen work quite well also.

Crackers And Chips: Saltines and similar crackers have already been immortalized as a wonder food for those suffering with nausea and vomiting, helping get bland and palatable food into your system while seeming to soak up some of the stomach acid and other unpleasantness.  These are no less useful for women with morning sickness, and add to that simple potato chips(trying to keep minimal on extra flavorings, preservatives, and oils) and they are a god send.  These will also help deal with the potential over-production of saliva that can be very nauseating on its own.  If you’re experiencing severe morning sickness, especially if it is first thing in the morning, take a few minutes to snack on some of these before even sitting up in bed.

Citrus Fruits: Adding a slice of lime, lemon, or orange to your water or other beverage has been found to help ease nausea symptoms.

Keep Up On Water: Keeping hydrated is important across the board during pregnancy, but if you are suffering from vomiting it is doubly important.  Avoid coffee and stimulating drinks, but you can also get your water from other sources, such as by snacking on grapes, watermelon, pears, apples, melon, and vegetables.

Ginger: For thousands of years people have been using ginger to help calm the stomach as well as for general illness treatment.  They work by relaxing the lining of the intestinal tract, easing symptoms of nausea.  You can drink real, whole ingredient, ginger ale (non-caffeinated though), or ginger tea for easy absorption and convenience, but you can also take ½ teaspoon of powdered ginger and add to hot water or herbal tea, steeping for 10 minutes before straining and drinking.  Do not take more than three times daily, though you can also try ginger candy (just make sure it is based in real ginger).  

Mint: Mint, especially peppermint, is well known for itsdigestive tract soothing attributes.  Mint contains an anesthetic compound that helps relax and calm the intestinal walls.  Mint or peppermint tea is probably the easiest delivery method, being cheap and enjoyable with just a little bit of honey.  You can make your own by placing one tablespoon of mint leaves into a pint of boiling water.  Let stand for twenty to thirty minutes, shaking occasionally, before straining and drinking as needed.

Fennel: Fennel is another age old remedy for nausea, most heavily used in Chinese herbal medicine.  Mint and fennel both contain anesthetic compounds that can reduce nausea.  For fennel, crush 1 tablespoon fennel seeds in a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle and place the result in boiling water.  Steep for ten minutes before drinking.

B6: Women who take 25mg of vitamin B6 up to three times a day for three days in a row have been shown to have reduced vomiting and nausea, but you absolutely must ask your doctor first to ensure this will be safe and the source of vitamin B6 is ideal.

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  1. Highly educative. I hope I will remember all these when I get pregnant.

    1. You can always come back and read it.
      It's going nowhere :)


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