From an upset stomach to vomiting and fatigue, nausea can affect pregnancy in a variety of ways. Morning- and all day sickness- is all too familiar to many women, especially during the first trimester. So, we’ve put together the top 10 nausea remedies to help future discomfort. Scroll on to learn more.
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Ginger is a great remedy when it comes to alleviating morning sickness! Its natural state helps neutralize stomach acid to relax muscles and support the digestive system. PregPrep Nausea Relief contains ginger root, Vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium. This doctor formulated product is a classic blending of ginger root and lemon to “quell your nausea with a pleasant, soothing flavor”. Available in convenient powder packets that easily dissolve in water.
The scent of fresh lemon alone can work wonders. Simply slice a lemon in half and allow its aroma to fill the room. Inhale and exhale slowly to take in its calming effect. Lemon water or hard lemon candies can also aid in diminishing nausea symptoms.
- Cool Compress
Word to the wise: when nausea rises, cool down! Alleviate nausea symptoms with the help of a cool compress. Use an ice-pack or cold washcloth to lessen queasiness. Apply it to the back of your neck while in a comfortable position.
- Eat Like A BRAT
Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast are excellent foods to reduce morning sickness symptoms. They are low in fiber and will not put stress on your digestive track. The BRAT diet is usually recommended as a solution to food poisoning or the stomach flu as well.
Peppermint is another natural remedy that possesses a scent and taste to soothe nausea. Replace coffee with peppermint tea or suck on peppermints candies.
- Stay Hydrated
Lightheadedness, dry mouth, and muscle cramping may be symptoms of dehydration. When the time comes to treat to these symptoms, nothing is more important than H20 to help hydrate your body.
- Stay Active
A regular workout regime is a terrific way to keep nausea at bay! Start mornings with a 30 minute walk around your neighborhood or local park. Light yoga and stretching exercises may also help.
- Wear Loose Clothing
Studies have shown that women who swapped tight clothing with looser garbs reported “reduced symptoms”. Form fitting clothing restricts movement and may increase morning sickness.
Acupressure is a great practice to lessen morning sickness. Applying pressure to points on your body “will release neurotransmitters, like serotonin or endorphins. These chemicals then block other chemicals that may be out of balance and/or causing you to feel sick.” You can learn pressure points including your wrist or wear a nausea band.
Acupuncture is safe for pregnant women and, according to the British Acupuncture Council, “During the early stage of pregnancy, huge energetic changes are going on in the body and acupuncture can help at that energetic level – so the nausea subsides, vomiting (if there was any) or belching fades away, the sense of smell becomes manageable, and energy and emotions return to balance”. A study has also shown that women who got acupuncture treatments 20 minutes per week experienced less symptoms.