While I was pregnant with E I had intense morning sickness. Actually it was more like all day sickness. I had constant nausea and threw up two times a day most days. In hind sight, I did everything wrong to help treat the pregnancy nausea. With this twin pregnancy I was determined to find natural solutions that would help my morning sickness.
Luckily there are tons of ways to treat nausea and morning sickness that work pretty well. This pregnancy I’ve thrown up a lot less and have found my all day nausea to be much more manageable. Today I wanted to share twelve natural remedies that have helped my morning sickness.
Vanilla Scented Candles
A standard eighty cent vanilla candle can help with mild nausea during pregnancy when it’s lit for a few hours in a small room. I light one thirty minutes before my nausea typically peaks and it helps.
Sucking on mints helps keep my mouth moist, which decreases my nausea during the day. It’s an easy solution for morning sickness when I’m on the go or at work.
Avoid the Grocery Store
Always, always, always avoid the grocery store when you feel nauseated. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ran out of the grocery store throwing up while pregnant. It’s awful. If you must go to the grocery store while you’re nauseated, chose a small grocery store like Aldi or Trader Joes so you can get in and out quickly.
I thought I was the only one who thought cold lemon water or hot lemon tea helped morning sickness until I started talking to my friends. It turns out most of my friends craved a glass of ice cold lemon water each morning in their first trimester. I don’t know why it helps morning sickness, but it does.
You’ve probably heard this before, but ginger is a natural treatment for all types of nausea. Luckily it comes in tons of forms. I suck on thin slices or raw ginger, eat the ginger coated candies from Trader Joes, brew ginger tea with slices of ginger and lemon in water, chew on the ginger gummies, and drink ginger brew from Trader Joes. It helps mild to moderate morning sickness, but after a few weeks I get tired of ginger.
This is a remedy I learned from my German mother-in law. Every time someone in the family has an upset stomach, she makes tons of warm chamomile tea with honey. It works fairly well for treating mild morning sickness, but I need to drink a cup every hour or so for it to work.
Most pharmacies sell sea bands, which are stretchy bands that apply pressure to points in your wrist that are known to decrease nausea. I wear these often, but they look a bit weird. They also scream “I’m pregnant!” when you wear them at work, which may or may not be a good thing. Here are the ones I use.
Chicken Noodle Soup
The timeless treatment for everything and it works! I don’t why chicken noodle soup makes everything better, but it does, including morning sickness.
As long as ice water is available for me to sip on, I can always hold off the vomiting. I’m not sure it does much for nausea, but seems to prevent it from progressing to vomiting. Seeing as how I threw up a lot with my first pregnancy, I decided to invest in a 24 hour keep cold water bottle this pregnancy and it’s made a huge difference.
There is something very powerful about cold that helps control nausea. I’m not sure why it works, but popsicles usually help my nausea.
Carbohydrate Heavy Small/Frequent Meals
An empty stomach or overly full one is much more prone to pregnancy nausea. Frequent, small meals that are heavy in carbohydrates or fruit is one of the best natural treatments for all-day nausea with pregnancy.
A co-worker gave me a watch band that sends an electrical current through the pressure point that helps nausea. I was skeptical at first, but it’s a great option for controlling moderate nausea for a few hours. The effects seem to wear off after 3 hours. This is the one I use.
If you’re pregnancy nausea is unbearable and these natural morning sickness remedies aren’t working for you, talk to your doctor. There are a few anti-nausea medications that are safe during pregnancy. There is no shame in taking them if you need them. I needed medications on and off through my first trimester, without them I may have landed in the hospital for IV hydration more than once. Don’t suffer unnecessarily or put your health at risk if the natural remedies aren’t working for you.