Morning sickness is believed to affect 50 to 80 percent of pregnant women. Some pregnant women suffer from it only once or twice during the pregnancy, but for many this problem perseveres at least until the beginning of the second trimester.
Morning sickness involves nausea and vomiting that is most present in the morning, upon wakening, but it can occur throughout the day as well.
Because during pregnancy it is not recommended to use many of the conventional medications and drugs based on chemicals, women usually look for alternative, natural ways to cope with morning sickness.
Since morning sickness and nausea involve stomach, it is logical that the diet is a big part of the solution for it. The meals should be frequent but small. Overeating and not eating for prolonged periods is not recommended. Morning sickness has certain triggers that should be identified and avoided. They usually include fatty, greasy, deep-fried foods and spicy foods as well.
It helps to always have crackers, saltines, bananas and toast at hand. They can help with nausea bouts.
If morning sickness causes vomiting, it is necessary to take plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
Acupuncture and acupressure
Many pregnant women who have tried acupuncture for morning sickness have found it to be a very efficient and safe way to deal with this problem. There are certain points on the body that correspond to factors leading to nausea. When the acupuncture needles are applied to those points, they reduce morning sickness, especially if combined with acupressure.
Acupressure works similarly as acupuncture but it is more suitable for those who dread needles. There are wristbands that can be found online or in Chinese medicine shops that stimulate the P6 acupressure point and relieve nausea. These wristbands help with all sorts of nausea, not just with morning sickness.
Ginger is a traditional cure for nausea. It is recommended for motion sickness, sea sickness and morning sickness as well. It can be taken fresh, in form of hot tea or as capsules. Ginger ale, especially if it is all-natural, is also very helpful.
There have been some concerns whether ginger is safe for use in pregnancy, because it interferes with blood clotting and inhibits with the production of an enzyme called thromboxane synthetase, which is suspected to influence the sex steroid differentiation in the fetus, but these concerns were never confirmed in scientific studies.
Many pregnant women opt for aromatherapy in their battle against morning sickness. Peppermint essential oil is one of the best aromatherapy options for nausea. It is recommended to take a large bowl, fill it with hot water and add two drops of peppermint oil to it. The bowl should be kept on a table near the bed and changed every evening.