Pregnancy can wreak havoc with your body and sometimes you can wake up feeling like you’re on a ship in a storm. During pregnancy, you have to be even more careful about what you put in your body, so try these gentle yet effective natural morning sickness remedies to calm the worst of your symptoms.
Ginger has been used for centuries to suppress nausea and calm the stomach, and works with anything from travel sickness to hangovers, making it a popular ingredient in morning sickness remedies. Try eating crystallized ginger, or chop finely and brew with hot water to make a tea.
A deficiency in vitamin B6 has been shown to play a part in the occurrence of morning sickness. Keep your levels topped up by increasing your intake of foods such as bananas, green beans, nuts, potatoes, fish and lean meat.
Peppermint, like ginger, is a great natural stomach settler. Peppermint tea or boiled sweets can help to ease nausea and reduce morning sickness, and using peppermint essential oils around the home, or adding a few drops to a warm bath can also help you to feel better.
Sometimes it isn’t what you eat but when and how you eat it. Eat little and often to keep your energy levels up without making yourself feel too full. You might not have much appetite, but allowing your stomach to get too empty can cause your stomach acid levels to build up, making your nausea worse. When you feel particularly ill, foods like crackers, yoghurt and boiled eggs are bland enough to eat easily and contain enough protein to rebuild your strength.
When it comes to morning sickness, prevention is better than cure. Eating a well-balanced diet from the time you find out you are pregnant will help to avoid deficiencies in any of the crucial nutrients needed at this time. It may be necessary to take capsules of nutrients such as vitamin B6 if you aren’t getting enough from the food you eat.
Severe morning sickness
If your morning sickness becomes severe and you are being sick several times a day, you run the risk of becoming dehydrated if you can’t keep down food or water. When morning sickness becomes this severe, you should see your doctor or midwife as soon as possible for further medical assistance.
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