Morning Sickness Remedies | Baby Setup

July 10, 2014

There are only a lucky few who don't experience morning sickness and I wasn't one of them.  I'm not sure why they call it morning sickness as mine didn't know the difference between morning, afternoon or night. There were many nights I was working back in the office and I would find myself running to the nearest office bin as I wasn't going to make it to the toilet in time. Thankfully I was usually one of the last to leave the office so no one had to witness it (there would have been some interesting security camera footage).

 

I had what would be classified as the 'normal' morning sickness and it wasn't pleasant. However there is another level of morning sickness and it's a severe condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG: "hyper" means excessive, "emesis" means vomiting, and "gravid" means pregnant).  HG prevents women from keeping down any food or water and can require intravenous fluid and nutrients. It is estimated that HG occurs in only about one in every 200 pregnant women. In these cases women need to be hospitalised.

 

For expectant mothers who experience what would be classified as 'normal' morning sickness conditions, there are a few natural remedies you should try and hopefully one of the below will ease your nausea.

 

  • Lemonade and Salt & Vinegar Chips - Not the healthiest option though let's face it sometimes we are desperate to start feeling better.

  • Try eating a dry biscuit thirty minutes before you get out of bed

  • Eat small amounts often

  • The smell of a cut lemon can help

  • Lemon tea

  • Lemonade, Fanta, Coke or San Pellegrino.  I know Lemonade, fanta and coke are full of sugar, though some times you just need a sip. 

  • Ginger Nut biscuits

  • Ginger beer

  • Ginger tea or a Lemon Ginger tea Chamomile tea or Peppermint tea

  • Ginger Lollies: Ginger Bears, Crystallised or Glacé Ginger

  • Ginger chewing gum

  • Soda Water / Tonic Water

  • I've heard it helps to avoid acidic foods e.g. citrus fruit, tomatoes - however I personally had a lot of comfort from oranges, I literally couldn't eat enough of them.

  • If you can have a drink thirty minutes before eating it is suppose to help.

  • Sucking on ice cubes

  • Avoid eating high fat foods

  • Avoid eating spicy foods

  • Mints - e.g. life savers, any lollies or chocolates that have mint, peppermint or spearmint flavours

  • Eat when you need to and whatever your body is craving

  • Vitamin B6 rich food e.g. pepper, tuna, chicken, turkey, spinach, cod, rice, garlic

  • Acupressure

  • Acupressure wrist bands - Sea Band for Travel Sickness (you can purchase them from Chemist Warehouse)

  • Acupuncture

  • If it's possible try and take short naps

  • Having someone else cook for you can help if certain smells make you feel nauseous

  • Try and eat something small before you to to sleep at night

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