The first few months of your pregnancy could be troublesome on account of morning sickness, which can range from nausea that is mild and occurs occasionally to nausea that is continuous, severe and disabling, with episodes of vomiting. Although symptoms occur more commonly in the morning, which explains the name, they can occur at any time during the day and night. These symptoms tend to resolve by 12-14 weeks of pregnancy. The cause of morning sickness is hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy.
You can manage the symptoms by eating small meals more frequently rather than a few large meals, drinking plenty of fluids, cutting down on fat intake, avoiding caffeinated drinks, and taking a lot of rest. Some of the other treatments you can try include certain antihistamines, vitamins B6 and B12, acupressure and some herbs discussed below.
5 Useful Herbal Remedies For Morning Sickness
Medications taken during the early part of pregnancy carry a higher risk of causing damage to the growing fetus. So, you might be better off trying these herbal remedies for your morning sickness in consultation with your doctor. However, if the nausea and vomiting is severe and persistent, then see a doctor immediately.
There is some evidence for the efficacy of ginger (underground stem of Zingiber officinalis) in treating morning sickness. It contains phenol compounds and volatile oils, such as shogaols and gingerols.
Take 250 mg four times daily. Some of its side effects are heartburn, stomach discomfort, and diarrhea. Do not use ginger if you are taking medicines such as blood thinners or aspirin.
The flowers of Lavandula officinalis are used to make the essential oil, which is used for medicinal purposes. You can take 20-30 drops of its tincture twice or thrice daily or 1 cup of its infusion twice or thrice daily.
Some of the side effects it can cause are headache, increased appetite, and constipation. Stop using it 2 weeks prior to any scheduled surgery because it can cause sedation and thus increase the effect of anesthetics used during surgery.
The leaves of Mentha piperita are used medicinally. The extract contains the volatile oil menthol. You can take it either as 1 cup of infusion 2-3 times daily or as 1-2 enteric coated capsules daily (containing 0.2 ml of menthol). Its use may lead to heartburn, headache, allergic reactions, and sores in the mouth.
Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon balm tea, made from the leaves of Melissa officinalis, can reduce stress and anxiety and relieve the symptoms of morning sickness.
You can drink the tea 3-4 times per day. The essential oils extracted from the leaves contain terpenes. Note that not enough is known about the safety of its long-term use.
Fennel Seed Tea
Seeds of Foeniculum vulgare can be used to make tea. They contain anesthetic-like substances, which decrease the nausea and queasiness in stomach. You can drink 1 cup twice or thrice daily. Alternatively, you can take 1-2 droppersful of its tincture twice daily. Some people are allergic to it. It can increase the sensitivity of skin to sunlight.
Other herbs that might be of some use include thyme, German chamomile tea, and slippery elm lozenges. Their effects may be short-lived, so experiment a bit to see what dosage works for you best.