Nausea and vomiting is part of morning sickness symptoms numerous women go through when they are pregnant especially during the first trimester. These symptoms affect about 65% of women during pregnancy.
Nausea and vomiting often happen in the morning. However, it could occur any time of the day.
Inasmuch as the exact cause of nausea and vomiting, during pregnancy, is unknown, it tends to happen due to the hormonal imbalances that are common during pregnancy which cause erratic stomach muscle contractions and relaxations.
Other factors that can increase the tendencies of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy include; nutritional deficiencies, certain foods, certain odor, fatigue, stress, sensitivity of the stomach, and anxiety.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy;
- Increase your vitamin B6 intake via foods and supplements. Also, take your prenatal vitamins at night. Ensure you consult your doctor before taking any supplements.
- You could take bland foods such as salty crackers, gelatin, and ginger ale to help soothe stomach queasiness.
- Try to avoid smoking and secondhand smoke as these could exacerbate the symptoms.
- Ensure you keep your rooms well-ventilated to help reduce odor.
- Try to pay a close attention to what triggers your nausea and avoid them.
- Avoid fried and fatty foods which are quite difficult to digest and could cause vomiting.
- Avoid lying down immediately after eating your food.
- Acupuncture and acupressure wristbands could be helpful in alleviating nausea.
- You could also try relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga, to help calm you and your upset stomach.
Below are home remedies and natural treatments for dealing with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy;
1. Orange Juice
Orange juice has been known for centuries to be one of the most effective remedies for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Oranges are also one of the most craved fruits during pregnancy and so they form the better part of a pregnant woman’s cabinet. The freshness and the citric smell of this fruit is the main property that can relieve you from the nauseous feeling immediately you smell or consume it. Drink a cup of orange juice or simply consume a peeled orange fruit.
2. Vitamin B6
Nuts, fish, legumes, and poultry are known to contain this essential vitamin. It is recommended that you take up to 25 mg of vitamin B6 three times a day so that you can suppress effects of morning sickness and eventually reduce nausea and vomiting in the morning. This vitamin helps in the metabolism of certain amino acids that can help inhibit nausea.
Ginger will reduce the secretion of certain acids that tend to cause nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. The strong smell of ginger will put an end to the nauseous feeling and give you a comfortable day. Chew a small ginger candy or consume a mixture prepared by mixing 5 drops of ginger juice with 1 teaspoon of honey every time you get nauseous.
Lemon has a soothing scent that can calm you down, help reduce nausea and prevent vomiting. You can eat lemon as food, sniff a cut up lemon wedge or suck on them daily and the results will be awesome. Lemon water will also help flush out harmful bacteria or toxins that build up in your stomach which can make you nauseous.
Sipping on a cup of peppermint tea may have anti-nausea effects that will eliminate nausea and reduce the chances of vomiting by over 80%. The peppermint smell will also lower your level of nausea significantly. You can use an inhaler containing peppermint oil at the onset of nausea and it will greatly help to reduce the symptoms.
Drinking a lot of water will significantly help reduce the effects of morning sickness, indigestion, and heartburn. Research shows that women who drink at least a cup of water every hour have a lower chance of vomiting than their counterparts who don’t drink water that frequently. Enough water is essential for the body of a pregnant woman to help in eliminating toxins and other impurities accumulated in their body that can make them nauseous.
Lavender essential oil should be kept handy when it comes to dealing with nausea and vomiting especially due to morning sickness. This essential oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that will effectively reduce nausea. For this remedy, place a few drops on a cotton ball or your handkerchief and place under your pillow and then get in your bed. You can also try rubbing your shoulders, to relax your muscles, with an infusion made by adding two drops of Lavender oil to your favorite carrier oil (such as coconut oil or olive oil).
Chewing some fennel seeds will aid your digestion and relax the lining of your digestive tract, thus reducing the vomiting sensation. Fennel seeds have a very soothing and calming scent which has a very potent effect in reducing nausea and vomiting. You can also add 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds to a cup of hot water and steam it for 10 minutes. Then add some little lemon juice after straining and sip the mixture every morning.
Crackers are rich in carbohydrates and bland in flavor, hence, they will greatly reduce your sensation to vomit. You can buy a box of crackers and keep them at your bedside and take them every morning to reduce the effects of morning sickness. Furthermore, you are not advised to leave your bed immediately after taking the crackers. You should allow some time for digestion and then take a cup of water and leave your bed slowly.
10. Red Raspberry Leaf
Drinking red raspberry tea, the first thing in the morning, would help relieve the effects of morning sickness by relaxing the smooth muscles of the uterus. To make Raspberry tea, add two teaspoons of dried red raspberry leaves to a cup of hot water. Cover and let the leaves steep for about five to ten minutes before straining. Take the tea first thing in the morning.
11. Take A Walk
Taking a walk, in the morning or evening, works as a relaxant for pregnant women by reducing stress levels. Stress hormones are likely to induce the feeling of nausea and vomiting. Furthermore, walking aids in having a healthy digestion which can be very helpful in preventing vomiting. Make it a point to take a walk for at least five to ten minutes every day in the morning or evening.
Acupressure exerts pressure on specific places on your body which is vital in releasing muscle tension as well as promoting blood circulation. This is helpful in alienating the sensation of nausea. Ensure you have worn an acupressure wristband on each of the wrists. Whenever you get nauseous, press the button on one of the wristbands 20 times at one-second interval. Do this too on the other wristband and nausea will go away gradually and you will eventually be okay.
Aromatherapy is one of the best preventive measures or treatments for nausea caused by indigestion, bloating or morning sickness. You need to, first of all, choose the right aromatic oil that will be effective, for you, within the shortest time possible. You can try mint oil, ginger oil or the lemon essential oils.
14. Wheat Germ
Wheat germ is rich in vitamin B6 whose intake is known to help with nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. You can add powdered wheat germ to a cup of milk and then stir until it dissolves. Then add honey to sweeten the mixture and consume it any time you get nauseous.
15. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider vinegar helps in maintaining the body pH and neutralizing the acid content in your body, thus treating nausea and morning sickness. The smell of vomit can cause more vomiting and hence you should rinse your mouth with one teaspoon of vinegar diluted in half a cup of cold water to freshen your mouth. However, don’t do this often as it may erode your enamel. Alternatively, you could get a glass of cold water and add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, honey and then consume it every morning before you leave your bed.
According to numerous studies carried on on pregnant women, it is known that those with moderate intake of Spirulina will experience low sensation to vomit than their counterparts. Spirulina is rich in folic acids that will help reduce nausea during pregnancy. Mix Spirulina powder with mashed bananas and eat them daily.
This herb is well known for its ability to treat numerous gastrointestinal issues in the human body. Taking chamomile tea will greatly help stop nausea by dispelling all the gas in your stomach, soothing the stomach and relaxing the digestive tract muscles. For this remedy, you should add chamomile flowers to half a liter of water and boil for 3-5 minutes. Later strain it into two cups. Add some honey to sweeten it and consume the mixture every time you get nauseous.
Yogurt is a rich source of probiotics which aid digestion and eventually reduce the symptoms of vomiting during pregnancy by fighting the bad bacteria that are in your stomach and could cause vomiting. Furthermore, yogurt provides some nutrients and helps settle your stomach after taking a heavy meal. You are could consume a little quantity of plain yogurt 1 to 2 times in a day if you want to reduce nausea and avoid vomiting.
Morning sickness, especially when so severe and leads to dehydration and weight loss, can be dealt with using this indigenous fruit. Kiwi is a rich source of water contents that can be so beneficial in dealing with dehydration caused by excessive vomiting. Kiwi is also a rich source of actinidin, an enzyme that can aid in digestion and reduce bloating that can cause nausea.
If your condition is not severe, try adding some cumin seeds to a glass of water, boil and drink it whenever you get nauseous. However, if you are throwing up everything you eat or drink, then you need to see a doctor since it may be a very critical condition.
Cloves contain eugenol, a chemical component that impacts strong aroma and flavor into the cloves. This aroma helps in treating nausea and vomiting especially when you get out of bed in the morning. Eugenol produces a soothing effect on the stomach and so it will alleviate stomach discomfort significantly. For this remedy, you could steep cloves in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes, strain and add a little honey to sweeten it. Drink clove tea twice a day for the rest of your pregnancy.
Taking lime-mint-ginger popsicles, watermelon popsicles, cucumber-grape popsicles, or other popsicles would soothe your lolling tummy and stop vomiting. If you are still vomiting after taking these popsicles, you can visit a doctor or try other home remedies discussed here.
23. Vegetable Soup
Vomiting will leave you dehydrated and hence you should increase your fluid intakes pre and post-vomiting. You should consider drinking broths and soups made of vegetables which will help greatly in preparing your stomach for solid foods.
24. Eat A Protein-Rich Food Before Bed
It is so difficult eating when you have a queasy stomach, but some foods actually ease nauseous symptoms and help stop nausea. Taking food rich in protein can help alleviate the effects of morning sickness. A deficiency in protein and/or insufficient nutrients to synthesize protein could cause pregnancy nausea to occur early in pregnancy. You should include high protein foods such as beef, nuts, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, and white-meat poultry but avoid those foods that will increase the gas in your stomach such as beans, oats, and soya.
If you combine onion juice and mint, this would help calm your stomach and help relieve vomiting by flushing out the harmful toxins in your stomach that may result in nausea and vomiting. Extract some pure form of onion juice, add some mint or honey for taste, and drink it twice a day preferably in the morning and evening.
26. Nutmeg Essential Oil
This oil will aid in digestion and reduce vomiting especially after eating a heavy meal. For this remedy, you could add two drops of nutmeg oil to a gel capsule and swallow in the morning before getting out of your bed. Nutmeg essential oil can also help alleviate vomiting through its soothing scent. Apply two drops of this essential oil to your handkerchief or a cotton ball and inhale every time you get that disturbing vomiting sensation.
This vegetable is rich in folic acid which helps reduce nausea and eventually help relieve the urge to vomit. Broccoli soup made with ginger, peppermint and a pinch of red pepper will be of great help during your struggles with nausea. Make this soup and consume it every night before you retire to bed and the results will be awesome.
28. Ice Cream
Many pregnant women crave for vanilla and strawberry ice cream especially when they have a queasy stomach. You can buy and keep several containers of ice cream in your fridge to take them during difficult times. When you wake up in the morning and you have an uneasy feeling in your stomach or a vomiting sensation caused by morning sickness, you can take some ice cream and rest a little before getting out of your bed. However, do not overdo this remedy so as not to consume a large proportion of your calorie via ice cream.
Remember morning sickness can be a sign of nutritional deficiencies, especially magnesium, and it can also be a sign that your liver is performing sub-optimally. You should adopt a culture of consuming extra supplements and some foods that are rich in numerous nutrients. Almonds are rich in various nutrients that will help in digestion as well as increase your gut bacteria which would, in turn, reduce nausea. You should consume soaked almonds every night to prevent vomiting in a natural way.
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