Feeling nauseous? These morning sickness remedies actually work!
You slowly sit up, careful not to move too quickly. You lean over and try to grab your warm ginger ale you set out the night before to see if it will curb your queasiness before you run to the bathroom. All morning you try different morning sickness remedies, avoid the kitchen, avoid the refrigerator- just looking at food makes you never want to eat again. You’re not alone mama- I’ve been there (3 times actually).
Morning sickness can be one of the many unwanted symptoms of pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. For some women, it may just be food aversions while others are over the toilet often.
No matter how much morning sickness is affecting you, you don’t have to suffer without help.
There are several morning sickness remedies (in addition to medication when needed) to help you through these puke-y weeks.
Don’t forget, for most women, these symptoms almost entirely disappear after the first trimester.
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What is Morning Sickness?
Nausea during pregnancy is commonly called morning sickness. This is due to the fact, most women experience the most nausea in the morning after fasting all night. Although we don’t know if this is entirely the cause, most can agree that it’s due to the massive surge of hormones as well as a more sensitive digestive system. Don’t worry though, your body slowly figures out how to manage the hormones and in turn, you start to feel better as your pregnancy progresses! You may experience more morning sickness if you are carrying a girl, multiples, or if you are in your upper thirties to forties. These can cause an even greater increase in hormone surge causing excess morning sickness.
How Long Does Morning Sickness Last?
This is one of the first questions you may be googling or asking yourself- it was for me! After feeling like doing nothing but lay on the couch for weeks, you start to wonder when this will come to an end! For most women, nausea usually starts to peak around the 6th week of pregnancy and starts to dissipate around weeks 12-15 as you start transitioning into the more blissful second trimester! Hang in there.
Morning Sickness Remedies that Work
These morning sickness remedies are tried and true. They have helped me with all three of my pregnancies along with countless other women! As a nurse and mama, I can say you have to give these a try asap!
1. Stay Hydrated
This may seem counter-intuitive because you are thinking, that’s the problem- I can’t drink water. I hear you. Water during this first trimester can be really difficult to keep in. However, becoming dehydrated is not only bad for you and your baby, it can also make your nausea even worse.
To help get water in, try these:
- Freezing lemon juice ice cubes
- Drinking your water really cold
- Drinking from a straw rather than a cup
- Add frozen fruit
- Steep your favorite caffeine free tea and make into iced tea
2. Ginger Tea
Now, I am not a huge fan of ginger myself, maybe in some oriental dishes but not to treat my nausea. The hard part is- it really works! So, in order to get ginger in without the taste, I found a couple of morning sickness teas that have ginger in them along with other flavors to help mask the ginger. This tea is one of my favorites so far.
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3. Keep Snacks On You At All Times
Going long periods of time without putting anything in your stomach can also make your nausea worse. Keep a piece of butter toast or a simple sandwich on you at all times. Take a couple bites every hour to prevent excessive hunger. This helps to keep your blood sugar levels up and stable which will help prevent nausea.
4. Eat Smaller, More Frequent Meals
This goes along with #3 but instead of trying to eat only 3 meals a day, try doing 6 smaller meals. This will help you digest your meals by having them be smaller as well as keeping your blood sugar stable throughout the day. In turn, this will help curb your nausea.
These bands are super unique and 100% natural. They use acupressure to help reduce queasiness. Not only are they sold to help with morning sickness but they are also marketed towards preventing seasickness (hence the name). I used these with my first pregnancy and really think they helped me a lot!
6. Epsom Salt Baths
Epsom salt is an excellent source of magnesium. Not only does a warm bath help to curb your nausea by relaxing your stomach muscles, adding Epsom salt gives your body magnesium which can give you a break from nausea and a good night’s rest.
7. Peppermint Essential Oil
Mint, in general, can be a great tool to use against nasty morning sickness. But, I love to use peppermint essential oil specifically. Whenever I get a big wave of nausea, I just smell the peppermint oil off and on and it really helps. You can also diffuse it throughout the day.
8. Lavender Essential Oil
I also enjoyed the smell of lavender when I was nauseous. I would diffuse lavender often throughout my first trimester to help me relax. This is the diffuser I have and I really like it.
9. Stay Away From Triggers
You will quickly find what foods “push you over the edge” per se. Stay far away from those and ask your spouse or partner to cook dinner for the family when you know it will make you feel awful for the rest of the night. Seriously girl, it’s ok to ask for help!
10. Get Plenty of Rest
Exhaustion is a common symptom of the first trimester too. You may not think of it, but being over-tired and not resting enough can aggravate your morning sickness or pregnancy nausea, making it even worse.
11. Magnesium Spray
I love Magnesium Spray. Honestly, I feel like it’s super undervalued! Not only is this apart of my nighttime routine to help me get a good night’s sleep, but magnesium also has several other benefits including decreasing morning sickness symptoms! Concentrated magnesium like this can help:
- Increases sleep quality and helps prevent insomnia
- Decreases muscle pains/aches, nausea, headaches, constipation, and more
- Helps you to relax and unwind at the end of each day
- Can help with stabilizing energy, decreasing mood swing and clearing brain fog (aka pregnancy brain ;))
I usually spray about 6-8 sprays of this magnesium onto the bottoms of both of my feet. You can also spray your lower abdomen. It may feel a little itchy which is normal but it will go away! Seriously, give this magnesium spray a try.
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12. Vitamin Bs
Vitamin Bs, in general, are said to greatly help nausea and vomiting. Several women even do vitamin B12 shots if their vomiting is severe. As a natural home remedy, try taking a vitamin B complex (collection of several b vitamins) or you can try a specific B6 supplement or B12 supplement. These should really help.
13. Tummy Drops
I have had these various ginger candies throughout all my pregnancies. They really seem to help me out. Whenever I would start to feel a strong wave of nausea, especially if I didn’t have any food near me, I would just pop one of these in my mouth.
14. Preggie Pops
These come in a variety of flavors and have nausea-fighting vitamin bs in them. These are one of my favorite morning sickness remedies to keep on hand. They are also completely natural.
15. Try Smoothies
Trying to stay hydrated and keep food down can be a little bit of a challenge when you are facing pregnancy nausea. I have found frozen fruit smoothies packed with supplements and nutrients can be a great way to get calories in without forcing yourself to eat meals. You can try my favorite nutrient-packed pregnancy smoothie, here!
16. Time Your Prenatal Right
All the vitamins and particularly the iron in your prenatal can make your nausea worse. Try taking your prenatal before bed with a little snack instead of in the morning on an empty stomach. This is the prenatal I take!
17. Fresh Air and Light Exercise
Getting some fresh air and going for a walk or doing a light (pregnancy-safe) exercise routine can be helpful in combatting your pregnancy nausea. Getting your blood flowing can help a lot of women find relief from their morning sickness.
There you have it! 17 natural morning sickness remedies. I am sure if you implement any number of these, you will find some that work for you! Just remember (I know it’s hard) this only lasts for about the first 10-12 weeks usually. Do your best to see the light at the end of the tunnel. You got this, mama! You are so close!
What morning sickness remedies work best for you? Share in the comments below!
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