Morning sickness is an inevitable part of pregnancy for most women, but that doesn’t mean it has to be unbearable or as severe.
Here are some little things Moms-to-be can do to get some relief.
Though every woman’s experience is different and some may not experience all of these symptoms, morning sickness is generally characterized by nausea, vomiting, constipation, breast swelling and soreness, swelling of the feet, heightened sense of smell and fatigue.
Despite its name, morning sickness is not limited to the morning hours only, but often occurs throughout the day for some women. It strikes most commonly six weeks into pregnancy and last up to the end of the third month.
The universal morning sickness symptom that most pregnant women experience is nausea, so that’s where this article places focus. Though your mom was definitely on to something when she likely suggested dry crackers to ease the nauseous feeling brought on during morning sickness, there are some natural herbs and medicines that can do that and more so you no longer have to suffer through your early pregnancy days.
One of the best ways to take advantage of herbal remedies is through homemade teas. They’re just as simple as boiling water. Just steep the herb of your choice in the water for about 5 or 10 minutes and you’ve made your own medicine.
Ginger is an herb or spice that is known for its ability to calm nausea and even quell vomiting. Ginger tea is a soothing way to wake up in the morning, so forego your daily coffee and have ginger tea instead. Simply drop some raw ginger pieces into a cup of boiling water and allow it to steep. Sweeten it to your liking with honey or other sugar substitute. You can still have your dry crackers if you must, though you shouldn’t need them.
Raspberry leaf tea is another little “potion” that helps to get rid of nausea and motion sickness. A cup or two of this tea purportedly stops nausea by relaxing your muscles. This muscle relaxing effect, many pregnant women say, also comes in handy during labor and delivery.
Fennel seed is drawn from the fennel herb/plant and can be eaten just like unshelled sunflower seeds, whenever the need arises, to get rid of morning sickness symptoms. As an added benefit, fennel seed has diuretic properties. So if you are experiencing a lot of swelling, the fennel seeds will help you to eliminate water retention and make your swelling and possibly even your blood pressure go down.
Sepia, drawn from the ink of the cuttlefish, helps with nausea that’s brought on by certain smells a pregnant woman has grown an aversion to. One 30C or 60C pill per hour (but no more than four) for a bout of morning sickness should give you marked relief.
Eating habits will make a difference as well. To lessen your chances of getting nauseated throughout the day, avoid greasy, fatty foods or any food that you notice triggers your nausea since you’ve been pregnant. You should also try to eat smaller meals every few hours and only drink beverages between meals.
Getting plenty of rest also helps, as well as lying still and quiet whenever the symptoms arise.