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8 All-Natural Ways to Manage Morning Sickness
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Morning sickness affects more than half of all pregnant women. Currently, Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge — formerly Kate Middleton — is the poster woman for the condition. In fact, in her first pregnancy she was so beset with nausea and vomiting that she had to be hospitalized. Pregnant again, she is once more experiencing the extreme form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum -- as bad as it gets.
The good news: For most women, morning sickness ranges from queasiness to nausea and occasional vomiting, dissipates by the 14th week, and doesn’t affect the growth of the fetus.
The earliest known descriptions of morning sickness go back to 2000 BC. Throughout history, soothing herbal teas made from ginger (Zingiber officinale), chamomile (Matricaria recutita), melissa (Melissa officinalis), peppermint (Minta x piperita), and raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus) helped relieve expectant mothers’ symptoms.
Tragically, in the 1950s, a prescription drug for morning sickness, thalidomide, caused some 10,000 babies to be born with stunted or no arms or legs. Since then, the low-risk approach of few or no prescription drugs has remained in effect for mothers-to-be.
Fortunately, there are many ways to deal with morning sickness — usually a problem only through the first trimester — until the nausea diminishes and goes away.
- Take time to relax and get enough sleep. Stress and exhaustion can worsen symptoms.
- Shun strong smells. For example, you might want to avoid fast-food and ethnic restaurants with fried and highly spiced foods, artificial fragrances, and cigarette smoke.
- Carry a scent-relief bottle with you. Place a cotton ball in a one-ounce bottle and add four drops of spearmint essential oil. Cap. Open and inhale as needed.
- Try boosting your intake of vitamin B6. Several studies have shown that vitamin B6 supplements reduce nausea in pregnancy. Spinach, sunflower seeds, potatoes, tuna, chicken and whole grains are all good sources, along with nuts, peas, and beans.
- Have a snack ready by your bedside — such as crackers, toast, rice cakes, peanuts, or cashews. First thing in the morning, nibble your snack and sip a glass of water.
- Eat a small meal every two hours to avoid low blood sugar, which can trigger nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
- Have a cup of scented tea. Add 2 teaspoons each of spearmint leaves and dried chamomile flowers to 2 cups of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, and sip. Spearmint’s soothing aroma and chamomile’s antispasmodic qualities help quell nausea.
- Munch on watermelon. This noble fruit delivers potassium, energy-boosting carbohydrates, electrolytes, and B vitamins, including vitamin B6, and water (which, like any fluids, helps dispel queasiness).
And here’s a stomach soother from 500 Time-tested Home Remedies and the Science Behind Them.
Comforting Potato-Cauli Mash
Potatoes and cauliflower are rich in vitamin B6.
2 boiled potatoes, peeled
1 garlic clove, minced
½ head cauliflower, steamed until easily pierced with a fork
Freshly ground pepper
With a potato masher, mash the warm potatoes in a medium-size bowl. Mash in the minced garlic (unless the smell bothers you). In a separate bowl, mash the warm cauliflower. Add pepper and enjoy while still warm.
Good luck in getting through the first trimester!
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