Morning sickness in pregnant women can be a result of hormonal changes, low blood sugar, strong dislike to certain smells, lack of physical exercise, and stress.
Some women never experience morning sickness. They breeze through pregnancy and childbirth, never having experienced morning sickness. If you aren’t so fortunate, then chances are that you spend a major portion of your mornings in the toilet, heaving and throwing up and dry heaving till you feel like you can’t support your own weight. If morning sickness is your constant companion, then try these age old home remedies to get rid of it.
Sip on a cup of warm ginger tea. The spicy ginger smell and flavour helps settle your stomach and keeps morning sickness at bay. You can also have some candied ginger handy to pop into your mouth whenever you feel queasy.
Sniff a lemon wedge and sip on some lemonade. Lemon has been proven effective in controlling motion sickness and is also helpful for morning sickness in pregnant women. Make sure to sip slowly, do not gulp it down as that might just make you heave and throw it up again.
Smelling a lemon helps soothe your nerves and makes you feel refreshed.
Grind ten to fifteen curry leaves in the blender with a little water. Add a spoon of lemon juice to it. Strain this liquid and add a spoon or two of honey to it. Add two cups of water to make a very watered down juice. Sip this through the day.
Another soothing tea to sip on is the peppermint tea. It relaxes your stomach muscles and makes your body feel re-energised.
Chew on some fennel seeds. They help calm the stomach and provide rapid relief from morning sickness. You boil a teaspoon of fennel seeds in water and let it simmer for ten to fifteen minutes. Strain this water and drink it through the day. You can also have some candied fennel seeds handy, chewing on them in the mornings and after a meal to help with digestion.
Drink plenty of water as dehydration can also lead to morning sickness. So make it a point to keep yourself hydrated. Keep a bottle of water by the bed so that you can keep drinking water through the night as well, whenever you wake up to use the toilet.
Some Useful Tips to Avoid Morning Sickness
1. Find out your trigger
Sometimes certain smells can trigger a bout of morning sickness. So try to figure out if you have any smells or tastes that seem to cause morning sickness and avoid those completely.
2. Snack often
Keep some salted crackers by the bed. Women who eat something immediately after they wake up in the morning are less prone to morning sickness than those who go with an empty stomach.
3. Avoid fried foods
Fried foods are heavy and could make you feel nauseous. So try to avoid them as much as possible.
4. Take your prescribed supplements
Make sure to take your supplements on time without fail. They help keep your body functioning at its best and this may greatly help relieve or at the least keep morning sickness at bay.
5. Avoid caffeine and aerated drinks
Both caffeine and aerated drinks are a strict no-no. While aerated drinks may encourage bloating and make you feel gassy, caffeine dehydrates your body leading to morning sickness.
6. Have numerous small meals
Instead of having breakfast, lunch, and dinner, split up your meals and have smaller meals throughout the day. This way you avoid overeating and ending up feeling sick and you also won’t go hungry.
You can also stock up on apple juice and sip on it if you feel light headed. It helps stabilise your blood sugar level if it drops. Try to distract yourself as much as possible. The more you worry about morning sickness, the worse it seems to get.
Hope this post was helpful.