Ask your midwife, doctor, or caregiver to suggest some remedies for morning sickness and they will tell you to take proper rest, eat small frequent meals, and stay hydrated. Though these suggestions definitely work to some extent, but the problem here is that the mere thought of eating turns most pregnant women off. Following are some proven natural home remedies that will not only increase your appetite but will also help curb your upset stomach caused by the feeling of nausea.
If you are pregnant and feeling nauseated and sick, ginger can be the best home remedy for you. You can get a dose of ginger by sipping ginger ale or by nibbling on ginger snap cookies. But, if you are looking for the perfect home remedies for morning sickness, you should try only real natural ginger. Do not use any product that contains artificial ginger flavor. After all, it does not make any sense to spend money on buying artificial products when you can easily make original ginger tea right at your home. After peeling and slicing ginger roots, you first have to boil it for ten minutes; if you want your tea to be spicier, you can boil it a little longer. You can then add lemon juice and brown sugar in it. Once your tea is ready, you can drink it iced or hot.
Lemon is also a wonderful and one of the most proven morning sickness remedies. If you sip hot water infused with fresh lemon, you can restore your upset stomach and avoid nausea during pregnancy. In fact, just the scent of fresh lemon can be very effective. So, if you are feeling nauseated, an easy way to reduce the symptoms is to keep lemon wedges nearby.
Inhaling or consuming peppermint can also be very helpful. If you have very sensitive stomach, you should consider drinking mint tea. The anesthetic constituents in peppermint have been proved to be very effective in reducing the stomach’s gag reflex, which eventually minimizes the tendency of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Preparing mint tea is very easy. All you have to do is just to take 1-pint jar of boiling water and add one tablespoon mint leaves into it. Leave it for at least fifteen minutes to half an hour, but make sure you shake it occasionally. Now, every time, you feel that a wave of nausea is about to hit you, you can strain and sip the tea.
Just like lemon, even the scent of peppermint can also be a miracle cure for this problem. For continuous aromatherapy and for the best effects, you can massage peppermint oil behind the ears or into the wrists. Another wonderful way is to heat it in a diffuser and then use it to fragrance the air.
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Another great home remedy to avoid morning sickness is to utilize the salty flavor of baking soda. Mix two tbsp. of baking soda with one cup of water. The resulting beverage when consumed can effectively neutralize stomach acid and thus soothe upset stomachs. Every time you feel nauseated, you can try this. It really works.
Just like mint, the anesthetic constituents available in fennel can also be very effective in minimizing the tendency of nausea and queasiness. Fennel, in fact, is used as one of the oldest Chinese folk medicines to deal with the problem of morning sickness in expectant mothers. In order to prepare a fennel tea, you have to crush one tbsp. of fennel seeds using a coffee grinder. Take a cup of boiling water and mix the crushed seeds into it. Cover it and leave it for 10-12 minutes. Your fennel tea is now ready. You can sip it every time you feel nauseated.
Lavender And Thyme
While you are pregnant, smells become more pronounced. The odors that you loved before may irritate you now or get you feel nauseated. You can fight the smells that bother you now by keeping a small satchel stuffed with lavender and thyme and/or other similar dried herbs, such as fresh-squeezed lemons. Alternatively, you can also simply keep a hanky scented with these herbs. Every time when a particular odor turns your stomach sour, just breathe in deeply keeping that handkerchief or satchel near your nose.
Water is the best natural medicine for a wide array of medical conditions. It is very important for you to understand that drinking less amount of water than required can also cause nausea and aggravate the intensity of morning sickness. That is the reason why doctors always recommend expectant mothers to drink at least eight to ten glasses of water every day.
Fruits And Vegetables
Just like dehydration, constipation can also aggravate the feeling of nausea. You will be glad to know that fresh fruits and vegetables, especially the ones that are rich in water content, can be two-times more effective than just drinking water when it comes to keeping you hydrated and keeping the constipation away. Therefore, while you are drinking plenty of water, you must also consider snacking on frozen fruit bars, pears, apples, grapes, celery, carrots and melons.
Recent medical studies have shown that vitamin B6 supplements can also be used as an effective remedy for morning sickness. Unlike other regular prenatal vitamins that actually may aggravate the problem, vitamin B6 can be very helpful in avoiding the tendency.
While you are trying the above remedies for morning sickness, you must also take lot of precautions. For example, you should never leave your stomach completely empty. Before you go to bed, you must eat a serving of beans or lean meat because grains are digested quickly while proteins can stay longer in your stomach. So, that way, you will not feel hungry in the morning and thus can easily avoid nausea during pregnancy.
Last, but not the least, it is very important for you to keep in mind that every pregnancy case is different and depending upon your specific condition, some of the remedies mentioned above may not be suitable for you. Therefore, you are strongly recommended to consult your doctor before you try any home remedies for morning sickness.
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