The vast majority of expecting mothers suffer from nausea at least part of the time they are pregnant and knowing about morning sickness remedies that are at hand in their homes is critical to their comfort. While most women will only need these remedies during the first trimester of their pregnancy, others may need this relief all through the first two trimesters. Morning sickness affects about eighty per cent of expecting mothers, making it difficult for them to go about their daily lives (household tasks, caring for young children, going to work etc). This article provides information about remedies that are accessible to pregnant women, right in their homes.
One of the most effective morning sickness remedies that can be found in most kitchens is ginger. Whether it is drunk in tea form, or eaten in candy form, ginger can help to keep nausea at bay. In fact, this common spice is so potent that it is used to combat the after-effects of chemotherapy by many patients. Making ginger tea is quite easy; simply seep ground up fresh ginger in a pot of hot water. Keep the tea warm and drink some any time during the day to ward off nausea.
Among the other easily available morning sickness remedies is food. Eating several small meals during the day seems to help many pregnant women suffering from nausea. Reports indicate that women who stay long hours without eating suffer more bouts of nausea than those who eat something every few hours. Most physicians advise pregnant women to eat several small, high-carbohydrate meals during the day. Healthcare providers also recommend snacking on crackers or potato chips between meals. The increased amount of saliva produced by expecting mothers is one of the factors that contribute to morning sickness symptoms. Salty foods such as vinegar flavored potato chips can apparently reduce saliva production, thereby diminishing nauseous attacks. While salty snacks are one of the most popular remedies, pregnant women should avoid buying potato chips prepared with Olestra(low fat chips).
Used as a treatment by people who are prone to get car sick or sea sick, acupuncture is increasingly being recommended as one of the most effective remedies. A practical way to use this treatment is to purchase a special acupuncture wrist band from your local drug store or health food store. More and more pregnancy healthcare providers are recommending these inexpensive acupuncture bands to their patients. The bands work by stimulating special ‘acu-points’ on your wrist, usually providing immediate relief from nausea.
One of the oldest morning sickness remedies, of course, is peppermint. To overcome queasiness, many mothers-to-be will pop a peppermint candy under their tongues. Others find that the aroma of peppermint alone successfully wards off symptoms. Peppermint oil can be found wherever health foods are sold. Just a few drops added to some water will keep your room scented all night. Women who spend time outside the home may dip a number of Q-tips in the oil and take them with them wherever they are going. Be sure to place the Q-tips in a plastic bag or wrap them in Saran wrap to preserve the peppermint scent.
Drinking plenty of fluids also works to combat nausea and morning sickness symptoms. Pregnant women need to avoid dehydration and drinking large quantities of any fluids will not only ward of vomiting and nausea, it will also keep the body hydrated.
A small number of pregnant women who suffer from severe morning sickness may find that none of the above remedies work for them. If you are one of these women, ask your doctor about possible medications. As a rule physicians are not in favor of prescribing medication during pregnancy, but a number of medications that are considered safe do exist. If your morning sickness is truly unbearable, your doctor may decide to prescribe anti-nausea medication.