Morning sickness is the feeling of nausea and vomiting sensation that affects a large number of pregnant women during the early stages of pregnancy. This is the most common, though unpleasant, symptom associated with pregnancy. Contrary to its name, it can strike any time of the day or night. Unless vomiting becomes severe and lead to dehydration and weight loss, treatment isn’t needed for morning sickness.
Symptoms of morning sickness usually subside with the end of the first trimester, but it may linger throughout the pregnancy in a very few women. The exact cause of morning sickness is not known. It is usually attributed to the drastic hormonal changes that a woman undergoes during pregnancy.
Some other things that are believed to trigger morning sickness include smell of perfume, paint or petrol, smell of certain foods, eating spicy and rich food like meat, deficiency of vitamins and minerals, tiredness or anxiousness. Whatever the cause may be, there are several home remedies that can bring relief from morning sickness to some extent.
Home Remedies For Morning Sickness
Lemons have a very refreshing effect and can reduce the feeling of nausea. Squeeze a fresh lemon in a glass of water and drink early morning when you wake up to avoid the feeling of nausea and vomiting. Keep lemon candy handy to get over morning sickness.
If some particular smell aggravates morning sickness, light a lemon scented candle or put a few drops of lemon essential oil in your handkerchief; then breathe and refresh yourself in its aroma.
Ginger, Lime and Mint
All the three ingredients have been found to be quite effective for getting relief from morning sickness. Mix 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice, 1 teaspoon mint juice and ½ teaspoon ginger juice with 1 teaspoon honey and take 4-5 times a day. You will feel much relieved. Ginger tea and ginger ale can also provide relief.
Peppermint can also bring relief from morning sickness because of its calming and refreshing effect. Organic peppermint tea is also a great remedy for calming the feeling of nausea.
Eat Small, Frequent Meals
Even you don’t feel hungry; you must have something in your stomach. Empty stomach can trigger the feeling of nausea and vomiting. Crackers are good for this purpose. If you need to go out for work, pack some healthy snacks and take along with you. Otherwise you can get tempted to eat fast food which contains no nutrition and can be fried, acidic and overly seasoned and difficult to digest.
It is a good idea to stick to small frequent meals when morning sickness is troubling you. Instead of eating 3-4 proper meals, reduce your portion size and eat more often. Digesting smaller meals will be easier on your stomach and you won’t feel nauseous. If morning sickness is worst in the morning, keep some whole grain crackers beside your bed and eat before stepping out of bed.
Staying hydrated throughout the pregnancy is essential as your body is developing a baby. But in the early stages, it is all the more necessary to stay hydrated if you are vomiting to compensate for the fluid that you are losing. The signs of dehydration that should not be overlooked include dry mouth and skin, muscle cramps and light headedness.
Don’t get overwhelmed. Relief from this unpleasant feeling is just ahead. But this doesn’t mean you have to sit and suffer. Try these home remedies and you will surely get some relief.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.