So you're pregnant. Congratulations! Then comes the not so great part - the morning sickness.
And boy do you feel that morning sickness. All the time. Not just the mornings but all the time. Let us be the first to assure you- the nausea is not all bad. It’s an indication that your baby is growing well because your pregnancy hormones are high. But you need to make sure that you are eating and drinking well even if you may not feel like it.
Some of the things that you can do to help are to take more time to relax, which may mean taking a little time off work, and to try some complementary therapies, which may reduce your stress levels.
With food, the best thing to do is eat little, often, and simple! Don’t worry about eating a balanced diet as much as just eating something. If all you can manage is apples and toast, it’s better than nothing. Low blood sugar levels will just make your nausea worse. Make sure your drinking plenty of fluids. Remember- if you don’t eat anything your sickness will just get worse.
So here are some natural remedies. These are researched, then tried and tested by members of our team and friends and family. Feel free to feedback to us as to whether it worked for you or not
Anything ginger related is a great way to kerb your sickness. The two most effective ones that we found were: Crystallised ginger- you can find this in all major supermarkets, or fruit and nut stands that you see in the middle of the mall! Honey, lemon and ginger drink- This one worked wonders! It hydrates, soothes, and alleviates sickness in one go! Get a large pot of water and add sliced lemons and sliced ginger. Simmer, don’t boil. Boiling expels all of the nutrients from the water. Simmer for well over an hour, and for as long as you would like. Pour the water into your cup, and add honey to taste. I used to drink a couple of mugs worth, then simply add more water to the pot and re-boil, and voila! Another batch!
As you may have figured out, sea bands are designed for motion sickness. They have a small mound of plastic that applies pressure to the inside of the wrists. Since it is non-medicinal, you can wear these all day to combat sickness.
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Cheap, easy to take around with you, simple. Keep some on your bedside table, so if you feel ill as soon as you wake up in the morning they are there to nibble on as soon as you wake up. It’s usually best to do this before you get up to stop the sickness from getting even worse. (You can even have a little nibble during your many nightly loo breaks!)
Dehydration can also be a cause of nausea, and this will keep you hydrated. Also, make sure you drink your 8 glasses of water!
This contains anaesthetic properties which help to reduce queasiness. Crush one tablespoons worth of fennel seeds. Place in a cup with boiling water. Cover and let steep for ten minutes.
It can have a soothing effect on the stomach and is therefore considered an excellent remedy.
Vitamin B6 and B12
The amount you will need to take to ease nausea cannot be consumed through food so you will need to take supplements. The dose commonly recommended is 10 to 25 mg, three times a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Supposedly, drinking apple cider vinegar or honey mixed with water before every meal can help avoid nausea. Apple cider vinegar aids the metabolism of food and honey contains enzymes that help stimulate digestion.
Protein and Cholesterol
If you’re anything like some of our ladies here, nausea may lead to a total ban of meat. However, the body still needs cholesterol for fetal development. If that’s the case, why not try meat slices instead? In a salad or a sandwich perhaps. This way you don’t have to smell it, and if there’s plenty of other ingredients, you barely have to taste it. It may not be much but its better than nothing! But fret not ladies, if you still cannot stomach the sight of it, then your body has a workaround – It can instead create cholesterol from carbs, which is why you may instead crave bread and chips instead!
Severe Morning Sickness
If your sickness is so debilitating that you cannot function, then it could be that you have hyperemesis gravidarum. If this is the case, please see your GP. And its not going to last forever. Soon you will meet your baby, and this part of your pregnancy will be but a forgotten dream (or nightmare, depending on the severity)! In the meantime relax, be kind to your body because you matter, and stock up on baby supplies!