A positive pregnancy means two things: A BABY! …And several weeks of unrelenting nausea.
As much as you may want to focus on the bright side (BABY!), it can be hard to balance work, preparations for motherhood, and all your other obligations. Especially when you figure in the terrible nausea that are a constant in many pregnancies. While there’s no known cure for morning sickness altogether, life while expecting can get a whole lot easier if you come at your morning sickness with an arsenal of natural tips and tricks.
With a list of diverse foods, treatments, and lifestyle changes to combat morning sickness, here’s Ask Dr. Sears:
Ease Morning Sickness
1. Nibble, nibble and nibble on stomach-friendly foods
Because high-fat, spicy, and some high-fiber foods are harder to digest, consume easily digestible foods, such as liquids, smoothies, yogurts, and low-fat, high-carb foods. Avoid hard-to-digest fatty foods and fried foods when experiencing morning sickness, such as premium ice cream, french fries, and fried chicken.
2. Eat nutrient-dense foods
Include California avocados, kidney beans, cheese, fish, nut butter, whole-grain pasta, brown rice, tofu, and turkey. If peanut butter is too strong, try almond or cashew butter, and spread it thinly on crackers, bread, apple slices or celery sticks.
3. Avoid dehydration by eating foods that stimulate thirst
Remember the three Ps (pickles, potato chips, and pretzels) to avoid letting your saliva hit an empty stomach. An empty stomach is hypersensitive to saliva, and nausea will soon follow. Line your stomach with milk, yogurt or ice cream before eating a saliva-stimulating food such as salty foods, or dry foods such as crackers. Try peppermint candies or gum to help with nausea, but not on an empty stomach. Also chew gum containing sugar to avoid chemical sweeteners, and eat foods with a high water content to ease dehydration that aggravates nausea. You should include melons, grapes, frozen fruit bars, lettuce, apples, pears, celery, and rhubarb.
4. Try acupuncture
Both Eastern and Western medical practitioners describe a pressure point about two inches above the crease on the inner aspect of the wrist. If this pressure point is stimulated, it may relieve nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy. With other conditions similar to morning sickness, such as seasickness, Sea Bands® can be worn around one or both wrists. Each band contains a button to press on the vomiting-sensitive pressure point. These bands have been proven effective by research studies and are available without prescription at pharmacies and marine stores.
5. Dress comfortably to ease morning sickness
Wear loose clothing. Many mothers find that anything pressing on their abdomen, waist, or neck is irritating and nausea triggering.
The full 24-point list is long, but we know that not everything works for everyone. The beauty of natural remedies is that so many of them have been shared by word-of-mouth, often across generations. If you’ve inherited any natural morning sickness wisdom, feel free to share in the comments section. And for those expecting, congratulations!