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What is MorningSickness?

Morning sicknessis a symptom mostly present during the first trimester of pregnancy,particularly during weeks six through to 13. Though very uncomfortable, it isof brief duration, and can be remedied with several treatments.

Methods ofTreatment

'Sea bands'are bands that fit around the wrist and apply pressure to relieve nausea,usually used for sea sickness, but effective for morning sickness too. They canbe purchased at a pharmacy for $20 or home made by placing a dried kidney beanover the inside of the forearm, about 10 centimeters from the wrist, and holdingit in place with an adhesive bandage until the nausea ceases. According toJanette Roberts the following herbs can prevent nausea: black horehound, meadowsweet, wild yam,peppermint, lemon balm, aniseed, squaw vine and peach leaves. These can beconsumed in fluid extract, tablet or capsule form. Licorice tea can help calmthe stomach and ease mild nausea, but natural licorice drops or licorice incandy form will also work. A daily dose of Vitamin B6 can reduce vomiting andnausea. A study out in the U.S. and Thailand showed that women who take 25milligrams of B6 every eight hours had a significant reduction in vomiting andnausea compared to women who took a placebo. Lemons are also highly effectivein treating morning sickness, by placing it in hot water and drinking graduallyduring the day. The lemon juice can also be placed in iced water, or eaten raw.

Junk foodsuch as chips and chocolate, while not beneficial overall, can act as apsychological remedy, especially for people that are not normally used toconsuming junk food regularly. It isgenerally considered that positive thinking can make an impact on mild nausea. Takinga few breaths and relaxing the body can have an efficient counter effect to nausea. Heidi Murkoff, co-author of What To ExpectWhen You're Expecting, claims that physical or mental fatigue can increase therisk of morning sickness and exacerbate symptoms.

Incense andessential oils with fragrances such as lavender, pettigrain, spearmint, lemon,coriander or bergamot can utilize aromatherapy that helps with nausea. Bambooand Hoelen, a Chinese herbal formula, can be good for nausea in pregnancy.

Finally,the yoga move called the 'tongue pull' can also prevent nausea. It functions by grasping the tongue using adry, clean cloth and pulling it straight out, until achieving a strained anduncomfortable feeling. The tongue should be held out 30 seconds.

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