A little known fact about pregnancy-induced morning sickness is that it can actually last throughout the day. To reduce morning sickness naturally, expectant mothers can try many simple remedies proven to alleviate that queasy feeling. Some of the tried and true methods for minimizing morning sickness include:
- Salty Crackers
When it comes to alternative therapies, some studies show that acupressure bands, found at most drug stores, are effective at relieving morning sickness. The bands are commonly used to alleviate motion sickness, and work by continuously stimulating the acupressure points on the wrist.
Acupuncture is another alternative therapy that uses tiny needles to help balance hormones and relieve stress and fatigue, proven triggers for morning sickness. Because acupuncture helps calm the nervous system it can help moms-to-be relax; less stress means less stomach upset.
Prenatal massage is another possible cure for stress-induced upset stomachs. Used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture, a prenatal massage helps promote relaxation and stress reduction during pregnancy.
Ginger root is a common cure for nausea, and is considered a safe remedy for expectant mothers. Experts suggest skipping the ginger ale though; instead opt for real ginger root boiled in water, or look for ginger root tea, non-alcoholic ginger beer, ginger lozenges, gum or capsules.
Just like certain smells can trigger a nauseous reaction, other smells can help ease symptoms. Fresh lemon, peppermint, spearmint, ginger, and lavender are great options and are available in products specially designed for use during pregnancy. Essential oils can be potent, so be sure to consult an aromatherapy expert before applying anything to your skin.
Your mom gave you saltine crackers when you had an upset stomach as a child, and the tried-and-true remedy still works when you are expecting. Try munching on salty crackers in bed 15 to 20 before rising. The crackers may help absorb the gastric juices in the stomach and stabilize blood sugar levels.
Speaking of blood sugar levels, the fluctuations you experience during pregnancy can lead to morning sickness as well. Another way to reduce symptoms of morning sickness naturally is by eating small meals throughout the day. Aim for six mini-meals spaced three hours apart, and always snacks handy. Opt for high protein snacks like nuts or hard-boiled eggs, and watch unsettling signs of morning sickness become a distant memory.