Techniques to help Relieve Morning Sickness
Many of us who have ever been pregnant know how awful morning sickness can be. What causes morning sickness is not fully understood,
but it is believed that hormonal changes and low blood sugars may play a part.
Even though labelled “morning sickness”, symptoms effect many women all day. There are many techniques that may help alleviating the symptoms of nausea or vomiting, not all of them work for every woman, so it can be trial and error getting the right combination that works for you.
Eat before you rise: Keep a few dry crackers or ginger biscuits by the side of your bed and nibble on them before you attempt to get up and start your day. This will help raise your sugar levels.
Eat foods that appeal to you: A heightened sense of smell can make it difficult to eat foods you once enjoyed. For me during one of my pregnancies it was the smell of meat, whether it was cooked or raw, it would send me off running to the bathroom.
Drink herbal tea: Herbal tea, such as peppermint and ginger, has properties that are known to help ease the feeling of nausea.
Taking Vitamin B6: Medical studies have shown, that by taking vitamin B6, dosage of 10-25g, can greatly improve the feeling of nausea. Seek advice from your doctor before taking any supplements. Foods that contain B6, include meat, fish, poultry, nuts, lentils and some vegetables and fruit.
Eat small frequent meals: Try eating more frequently, little and often.
Stay hydrated: It is extremely important to keep hydrated, especially if you are frequently vomiting. Drinking water with lemon, or a sports drink with electrolytes can help replenish your body. Sacking on ice cubes, or ice pops are another alternative to keep your fluids up.
Go for walk: “What!!!”, I hear you cry, you would rather just curl up in a ball , and feel sorry for yourself. Walking actually improves your nausea. Walking for about 20 minutes or so release enough endorphins that can boost your energy and reduce the effect of fatigue, that often comes from feeling so sick.
Try Reflexology: the balancing and harmonising qualities of reflexology can support a woman’s ability to endure morning sickness by stimulating and balancing certain reflex points in the feet, hands and ears. Reflexology works on acupressure points to help address any hormone imbalance, calms the stomach reflex, stimulates the pancreas reflex to help balance your blood sugar levels which in turn may help to alleviating the symptoms of morning sickness.
You could also try “travel bands”, used for motion sickness, available from most chemists. These work on a acupressure point on your wrist, which can reduce the feeling of nausea.
See a doctor: If you are still being sick, it might pay you to go and see your doctor, who may prescribe some medication, to help reduce the symptoms of morning sickness.