Pregnancy Nausea Remedies
While it’s true that morning sickness, nausea and vomiting are a part of the pregnancy deal for most women, it doesn’t mean that you have to grin and bear it at any cost.
There are some pretty effective home remedies, tried and tested for millennia by women just like yourself. Also, don’t forget to discuss your sickness with your doctor; they may also prescribe traditional medications to help ease the problem.
Check out the following tips. (And take heart: Many women find morning sickness symptoms taper off or disappear altogether after 12 to 14 weeks.)
Aromatherapy may relax you, but the smell of the oils could make your nausea worse. Try a few to see if they help. Essential oils that may relieve your nausea include:
- sweet orange
Fresh ginger or ginger teas are often claimed to ease pregnancy sickness, and experts agree they’re worth trying. However, it depends on how sensitive you are to certain smells and flavors.
Try sipping peppermint or spearmint tea. Sugar-free peppermint sweets or chewing gum may also help. Peppermint or spearmint essential oil will not suit everyone, as the strong smell could make you feel more nauseous.
Other herbal remedies worth trying include lemon balm tea or small amounts of chamomile tea. The effects can be quite short-lived, so you may need to experiment and perhaps rotate the remedies to get the best effects.
It sounds like a no-brainer, but getting your eight glasses a day can feel like a monumental effort when your stomach won’t keep anything down. Despite that, it’s essential to get your liquids in because the more dehydrated you become, the more nauseated you’ll become.
Nausea’s not easy to ignore, but finding something – anything – to take your mind off it may help you forget it for a while. Read a book, do a Sudoku puzzle, or go for a short walk. Some moms even claim that exercise relieves their nausea, but make sure to talk to your doctor before taking that route. And of course, listen to your body – if you start feeling tired or queasier, it’s time to stop.
Sometimes the best solution is the simplest. Try lying down, closing your eyes, taking a few deep breaths, and just getting some rest. Many doctors and moms have said that sleep is a great way to escape morning sickness – and your body needs it! If you already have a young kid or two, bring in a babysitter in (even for just a few hours a day) so you can catch up on some much needed R&R. Having trouble catching those zzzs? Try wearing a sleep mask or putting on a pair of dark sunglasses to block out bright light.