Pregnancy is a beautiful, wonderful thing — unless you spend the entire nine months bent over the toilet. Anywhere from 50-90 percent of pregnant women suffer from morning sickness, a slightly misleading term. Morning sickness can strike anytime of the day or night, and while it's most common in the first trimester some women suffer from nausea throughout their entire pregnancies. If you're suffering from a case of morning sickness, you may not have to resort to potent medicine to find relief. There are many natural solutions to help quell queasiness. The next time you're feeling sick to your stomach, try out one of these methods.
1. Sip a soothing tea.
You may be able to soothe a tumultuous tummy with a simple cup of tea. Try brewing ginger, anise, red raspberry leaf, or peppermint tea the next time you feel nauseous.
2. Turn to ginger.
Women have been using ginger for centuries to cure morning sickness. Consider using crystalized ginger, real ginger ale, or ginger candies.
3. Cautiously use essential oils.
Some essential oils are dangerous during pregnancy, but others are perfectly safe when diluted and can be extremely effective in reducing morning sickness. Mix one-two drops of peppermint oils with one tablespoon carrier oil and rub on your belly.
4. Time your meals.
Morning sickness worsens when your stomach gets empty. Eat crackers before getting out of bed in the morning, and space your daily meals out so that you're eating every two to three hours.
5. Wear a motion sickness band.
You can buy motion sickness bands in most drugstores. Wear one everywhere you go to cut down on morning sickness symptoms.
6. Avoid trigger foods.
Spicy, greasy and fried foods are not your friend during pregnancy. In addition to giving you heartburn, these foods can also exacerbate morning sickness symptoms. Bland foods are a lifesaver when dealing with a queasy stomach.
7. Talk to your doctor about vitamin supplements.
Many women find that taking B6 supplements helps ease nausea, but check with your doctor before taking any medications, including vitamins.
8. Get some fresh air.
As simple as it sounds, getting outside for a brisk walk may be enough to settle your stomach. Exercise is a great way to cure many pregnancy symptoms.
9. Keep your mouth clean.
Stale breath can worsen morning sickness symptoms, and lingering acid from throwing up can erode the enamel on your teeth. Brush often and use a mint-flavored, all-natural mouthwash.
When solid food isn't an appealing option, keep up your fluid intake. Fruit Popsicle, broth, and gelatin are easy on the stomach and they'll keep you from becoming dehydrated. If you can't handle plain water, try infusing water with lemon, mint leaves, or berries.
Don't let morning sickness get you down during pregnancy. You don't have to simply suffer through morning sickness, especially with all the natural options available to help you feel better. If you try out these natural methods and still can't find relief, contact your doctor and discuss your options. Remember that all those unpleasant pregnancy symptoms will end eventually, and you'll be rewarded with a beautiful bundle of joy.