Morning sickness is a natural occurring feeling of nausea when you are in your first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Some lucky ones will not experience any nausea at all but some may have severe symptoms which can affect your daily activities and loss of appetite. Morning sickness remedies are a simple guide to help you understand morning sickness, what triggers it, and what to do to make you feel better.
Morning Sickness -What triggers it?
Also known as nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP). It is one of the early symptoms of pregnancy, can happen at any time during the day. The cause of nausea or vomiting in the early pregnancy is unknown but hormone change could be one of the culprits behind it. The increase of estrogen may lead to nausea and usually, nausea is often seen in women who use hormonal contraceptives and women who are undergone hormonal replacement treatment.
There is a study to show that morning sickness could be associated with our body’s defense system to protect our vulnerable fetus for the first 3 months, against toxins ingested by the mother. The toxin can be in the form of parasites or harmful bacteria in the food that can be harmful to pregnant women too. That’s not surprising to know that some women reject animal products like meat, fish, egg, and poultry because this food often contains parasites and harmful bacteria if they are not properly cooked.
Generally, morning sickness will not cause any harm to the baby, some experience severe nausea and vomiting until lost weight but still give birth to a healthy baby.
Morning sickness will eventually go away when you reach your second trimester, but unfortunately, some people experience nauseating feelings throughout their whole pregnancy period. Consult your doctor if this has affected your quality of life and also about your baby not getting enough nutrients due to loss of appetite.
Morning Sickness Remedies
How can you avoid the nauseating feeling? Here are a few simple tips you can try and see it help or not.
Food and Supplements
- Take Vitamin B rich food. Studies have shown that foods high in Vitamin B such as cereals, bananas, avocados, spinach, can help to reduce the nauseating feeling.
- Ginger tea. Drinking ginger tea is not only refreshing but it is found to be useful to relieve the vomiting sensation.
- Some expecting mothers found eating a few dry crackers or dry toast in the morning help to ease the morning nausea. If you don’t believe us, try it out and see a difference?
- Taking prenatal vitamin especially contain vitamin B6 help to alleviate nausea.
- Some people may find eating sour fruits or snack will help ease the nauseating feeling. Furthermore, sour fruits will also help to improve our appetite.
Do not simply take any supplement without the doctor’s advice. Be extra careful when taking supplements or medicine during the pregnancy period to ensure a smooth and healthy outcome.
Keep well hydrated
Hydration has also been associated with feelings of nausea. So keep your body well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If possible limit your coffee and tea intake or any other caffeinated drinks.
Small but more frequent meals
Having a large meal at one time is not good at all. Eating too much will make you feel uncomfortably overloaded and increase nausea. Take a smaller portion each time but a more frequent snack in between. Going to sleep with an empty stomach will also trigger nausea when you wake up the next morning. Frequent small meals can help ease the nauseating feeling during your early pregnancy.
Acupuncture & Acupressure
Many studies have shown that acupuncture and acupressure are effective in treating nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Here are some proofs:
According to a study, acupuncture techniques can help to treat nausea in early pregnancy. In this study, 3 groups of pregnant women who have undergone traditional acupuncture, p6 acupuncture, and sham acupuncture every week for 4 weeks, were found less nausea on the second week of trial compared to those pregnant women who were in the no acupuncture group.
Another study has shown the acupressure technique is effective to reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. A group of 90 pregnant women has undergone the acupressure technique 4 times a day, each time last 10min. It was found that on the fifth day, there was a significant difference in terms of vomiting frequency, duration of nausea, amount of vomiting, etc.
Get some fresh air
If you always confined yourself in a small room, it may escalate nausea in pregnant women. Get some fresh air outside the room or open up all your window to let the fresh air coming in will help to keep the body healthy and keep the morning sickness at bay too.
This is the last resort if you experience severe morning sickness symptoms until it affects your quality of life and daily activities. Consult your doctor and usually, the doctor will recommend a medicine that is safe for pregnancy to help you ease the nauseating feeling. Always check with your doctor about your concern about severe morning sickness.
To wrap up
Hi, mamas. You do not have to face this alone and suffer in silence. There are plenty of remedies for you to try and seek for doctor’s advice if you have concerns about not being able to take enough nutritious food during this period of time and you are losing weight, proper treatment will be given to you.