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21 Tips & Remedies for Relieving Nausea During Pregnancy Naturally
by Stacelynn Caughlan Cl.N, CH

1. Eat more, even if you don't feel like it

Never allow your stomach to be fully empty. Keep a snack with you at all times. Eating small meals throughout the day will help keep your blood sugar from dipping too low and triggering nausea.

Try eating carbohydrates before you even get out of bed (crackers, toast, dried fruit, popcorn, granola bars, etc.)

2. Protein Rocks!

Protein is the best source of sustained energy and will be one of your biggest allies in preventing nausea. Eat some just before bed to avoid feeling queasy in the morning.

3. Eat your complex carbohydrates

Avoid refined grains and simple carbs like white pasta and sugar. These foods not only have little, if any, nutrition but can lead to low blood sugar (a sure-fire nausea trigger!) Enjoy whole wheat pastas, breads, and other whole grains.

4. Drink more

Dehydration is a major cause of nausea and headaches. Aim for 2.5 litres of water, unsweetened juices, and herbal teas. Soft drinks, caffeinated beverages, and sugary drinks are best avoided throughout your pregnancy.

5. Avoid smells, tastes, and textures that trigger your nausea

Ask others in the house to be aware of and respect this. There's nothing worse than waking up to the smell of burnt toast when your nauseous!

6. Wear accupressure wrist bands

Acupressure Wrist Bands are designed to offset motion sickness, or firmly press an accupressure site that lies 1/6th of the way between your wrist and elbow, in the middle of the inner side of your forearm.

7. Ginger can really help your nausea

Ginger has has been clinically proven to relieve nausea. Take 250 mg three to four times a day in capsule form (do not exceed 1 g) or drink 5-6 cups of the tea throughout the day. Even candied ginger may help. We like these Ginger Root Capsules and this Ginger Tea

8. Try herb teas for indigestion

Teas with digestive herbs such as fennel, spearmint, and chamomile may also be of benefit if indigestion leads to your nausea. This is a great one: Digestive Tea

9. Avoid foods that can cause gas and bloating.

In addition you can try drinking carbonated beverages to help expel stomach gas.

10. Try spicy foods and hot teas

If an increase in mucous production is causing your nausea, try indulging in spicy foods or drink hot teas.

11. Avoid sucking on hard candies on an empty stomach.

Although this may temporarily relieve your nausea, the digestive juices you stimulate could make matters a lot worse.

12. Take Vitamin B6:

Taking 25 mg of B6 throughout the day, not exceeding 150 mg. may help ‘shut off’ the nausea ‘control-centre’ in your brain. Many women are deficient in B vitamins at the onset of pregnancy, especially those who were previously on oral contraceptives. Try these Vitamin B6 capsules.

13. Avoid taking your supplements on an empty stomach.

Even when you're not pregnant this can make you feel queezy!

14. Sleep more

Exhaustion can really aggravate nausea, and baby-making is tiring work!

15. Address your fears

Many women find that there is a psychological component to their nausea which can be relieved though counselling and talking with others, as well as empowering themselves in preparation for the birth.

16. Aid your digestion

Try using digestive enzymes at mealtime to aid digestion. Follow the directions on the label. (We like these digestive enzymes) Activated charcoal may also help relieve a ‘sour’ stomach. Try 2 capsules when nauseous, up to twice a day.

17. Try Homeopathics

Homeopathic remedies are usually prescribed on an individual basis, but you might try remedies such as nux vomica, ipecac, and sepia. (Be sure you are purchasing the homeopathic variety of ipecac. The undiluted kind can be dangerous to your pregnancy). Try this Morning Sickness and Nausea Formula

18. Keep active

CO2 buildup in the blood can contribute to nausea, which can be reduced with the help of cardiovascular activity such as walking and swimming.

19. Talk More

Many women experience ambivalence when they find out they are pregnant, even if it was planned. This anxiety can lead to nausea, which in turn can lead to more anxiety.

20. Try Herbs (from a professional)

There are a variety of herbs that your herbalist can recommend including dandelion root, wild yam, vitex, false unicorn, and black horehound. Find someone knowledgeable in the use of herbs during pregnancy to formulate something specifically for you.

21. Lavender Aromatherapy

Many essential oils will be off-limits during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. However Lavender Essential Oil, when inhaled, may help relieve some nausea.

NOTE: Always make sure your doctor or midwife is aware of your situation. Vomiting during pregnancy can quickly lead to dehydration and possibly malnutrition if it continues long enough. In some cases it may be an unrelated pathogen and should be investigated by your caregiver.

Stacelynn Caughlan is a Clinical Nutritionist and Certified Herbalist who specializes in Prenatal and Pediatric Health.

Disclaimer: The information provided on MotherandChildHealth.com is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

 

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