Morning sickness is characterized by nausea and vomiting. Though it is called ‘morning’ sickness, the problem could arise at any time in the day. The good thing is that the condition is restricted to the first trimester, and usually disappears after that. However, it is not easy to deal with the issue. MomJunction supports you with some home remedies that can help.
How to keep morning sickness at bay with home remedies?
Here is our long list of natural remedies for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy:
Drink lots of water as it keeps the body hydrated.
Drinking water regularly improves digestion.
One of the best herbal medicines for morning sickness, ginger works well on the digestive system by reducing the acidity in the stomach. The smell or the flavor of ginger helps you get over nausea or vomiting. Here are the various ways you can take ginger:
- Your doctor may prescribe 1000mg ginger capsules (1).
- Chew a ginger candy or eat a piece of ginger.
- Add five drops of ginger juice to one teaspoon of honey and consume it early in the morning.
- Make ginger tea by boiling one teaspoon of grated ginger in one cup of water and add honey to it. Have one to two cups of tea in the morning.
- Ginger snap cookies made with real ginger are great to snack on.
- Using acupressure wrists bands could help you with morning sickness.
- Wear the acupressure wrist bands on each wrist.
- As you feel nauseous, press the button on the band 20 times, at an interval of one second.
- Repeat this on both the wrists for a few minutes, and it will subside nausea.
Studies have shown that daily pressure at the P6 point helps reduce the severity and frequency of vomits during pregnancy (2).
How to massage this pressure point:
- Keep three fingers across the wrist.
- Keep your thumb under the wrist below your index finger.
- Rub this point firmly in a circular motion for two to three minutes.
- Repeat the process on the other wrist too.
It has methanol, which produces an anesthetic effect to prevent vomiting during pregnancy.
- Prepare peppermint tea adding one teaspoon of dried peppermint in a cup of hot water and steep it for five to ten minutes. Add honey or sugar and drink it after you wake up in the morning.
- Chewing some peppermint leaves will aid in alleviating the vomiting symptoms (3).
- Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil over a handkerchief and inhale the vapors to get over the vomiting sensation.
You can try aromatherapy of lavender essential oil and peppermint.
- Put three drops of lavender essential oil with one peppermint in the diffuser and inhale the vapors. Spray some lemongrass or orange essential oil on your handkerchief and sniff it to prevent nausea.
6. Chamomile oil
Getting a soothing massage with chamomile massage oil will help relieve the discomforts of morning sickness.
It has a soothing smell and a calming effect on your body.
- Smell the fresh lemon peel to ease vomiting and nausea.
- Add a few drops of lemon essential oil on your handkerchief and sniff it when you have the vomiting sensation.
- Squeeze a lemon into a glass of water, add honey or sugar and have it every morning to prevent any bouts of vomiting. Sip it after vomiting or whenever you feel nauseated.
Make sure to take fresh lemon juice. Keeping it too long will make it bitter.
8. Wheat germ
Dissolve a few teaspoons of wheat germ in warm milk and have it in every one hour. This will help in reducing the morning sickness.
9. Apple cider vinegar
It is pH neutral and helps neutralize the gastric acid in the stomach.
- Mix one tablespoon of honey with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (ACV) in cold water and have it before going to bed.
- Add two or three teaspoons of ACV in warm water and have it as the first thing in the morning.
- Mix one teaspoon of ACV in half a cup of water and use it as mouthwash after vomiting. This helps freshen your breath because the smell of vomit makes you nauseous.
[ Read: Lemon Water During Pregnancy ]
10. Vitamin B6
Intake of sufficient amount of vitamin B6 during pregnancy can help reduce nausea and vomiting.
- Take one teaspoon of molasses (which is rich in vitamin B6) every night before going to bed.
- You can take vitamin B6 supplements during pregnancy. The recommended dose is 25mg, three times a day (4). However, consult the doctor before taking the supplements.
- Eat foods rich in vitamin B6 such as brown rice, avocados, banana, fish, and nuts.
The aroma of fennel seeds helps in reducing the vomiting sensation.
- Prepare fennel tea by adding the seeds in a cup of hot water. Steep it for ten minutes and strain. Add honey and drink it as soon as you wake up in the morning.
- Keep some fennel seeds with you and chew on them whenever you feel queasy.
It is enriched with folic acid that helps reduce nausea during pregnancy. Broccoli soup made with ginger, peppermint, and a pinch of red pepper helps reduce nausea and improves your immunity.
It is rich in vitamin B12 and helps reduce the nauseous feeling during pregnancy. The probiotics help regulate your digestive system.
- Take fresh fruits added with yogurt to ease nausea.
Kiwi is an excellent fruit to reduce the vomiting sensation.
- Prepare a kiwi fruit smoothie using kiwi, banana, and blueberries. Blend these fruits and add honey.
- It is rich in aroma and flavor and has a soothing effect on your stomach. Clove and honey tea reduces the vomiting sensation. Take a teaspoon of cloves and boil it with one cup of water for ten minutes. Add honey to it and consume.
- Chew a few cloves throughout the day.
- Fry a few cloves, add honey to it and have it.
16. Vegetable broth
Broth eases nausea and also provides nutrients. Go for an organic vegetable broth without added salts or oils. You can drink this at any time during the day or evening.
[ Read: Yogurt During Pregnancy
17. Non-caffeinated carbonated beverages
You can try organic ginger ale, 7-Up, and Sprite to get relief from nausea.
18. Raspberry leaf
Raspberry leaves are rich in B group vitamins.
Here is how you can make the herbal tea:
- Add a teaspoon of dried red raspberry leaves in a hot cup of water.
- Steep it for five to ten minutes and strain.
- Drink it as you wake up in the morning.
Note: Consult your doctor before taking this herbal tea because it can lead to uterine contraction.
19. Spirulina The blue-green algae are high in protein and help in digestion.
- Mix spirulina powder with mashed bananas or some other fruits. It offers good nutritional support during pregnancy.
- It can be taken in the form of a tablet too.
The high-protein snack helps soothe morning sickness. Eat almonds at night before going to bed.
It is a good source of carbohydrates. Have a box of crackers beside your bed and snack on them as soon as you wake up. It can stave off morning sickness.
The salty snack is similar to crackers and helps in easing morning sickness.
Ginger peach green tea popsicles, lime mint ginger popsicles, watermelon popsicles, cucumber grape popsicles, etc. are also helpful.
24. Starchy veggies
Including vegetables, such as potato, winter squash, and turnips, that are rich in carbohydrates as they alleviate morning sickness.
Chew on some cinnamon gum or add the sticks in your tea.
26. Fructose, glucose, and phosphoric acid
Available over-the-counter, the solution helps reduce muscle contractions in the wall of intestines and stomach. Also, this solution does not pose any risk to the fetus.
- Take a tablespoon of this solution in each dose not exceeding five doses.
Onions contain sulfur, which helps in reducing the vomiting sensation. Extract fresh onion juice or mix it with ginger juice and have it as you feel nauseous.
Cumin seeds work great in eradicating vomiting during pregnancy. Add a few seeds in water, boil, and drink.
These pregnancy vomiting remedies work if your condition is not severe. But if you are throwing up everything that you eat or drink, then these remedies may not be enough.
[ Read: Almonds During Pregnancy ]
When to press the alarm bell?
- If you are vomiting way too often than on regular days it could be a sign of food allergy or infection.
- If you are tired or dehydrated after several episodes of vomiting, you may require medical intervention and some supplements.
- If you feel that the color of your vomit is different than usual, maybe too dark or yellow in color, then talk to your doctor immediately.
Morning sickness is normal during pregnancy as it does not affect your baby nor has any long-term effects on you. It is temporary, but the feeling can be frustrating. Follow the home remedies for nausea during pregnancy and take care of yourself.
Do you know any remedies for vomiting during pregnancy? Share them in the comments section.
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