Natural remedies to help alleviate nausea during pregnancy
It’s quite ironic that the term ‘morning sickness’ is used to describe the waves of nausea and vomiting that many pregnant women experience during their pregnancy. This unpleasant but common condition of expecting can actually occur any time of the day. The exact cause is still unknown but it is thought to be linked to high levels of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Not all expectant women will suffer from morning sickness and symptoms will often ease by the end of the first trimester. However, if you are battling that persistent gagging feeling we have compiled a list of natural remedies to help. We can’t promise a cure-all but hopefully temporary relief.
Ginger tea, ginger biscuits, ginger beer, in fact anything ginger! This pungent root vegetable is a time-tested tonic in settling nausea. Consider grating fresh ginger to add to your lunch or dinner. If you dislike the taste, try taking capsules instead.
A lack of protein can make nausea worse. A handful of almonds are packed full of this essential nutrient and are easy to digest. We love soaked almonds – simply cover with water and leave overnight.
Dairy foods act as natural antacids to neutralize stomach acids. Yoghurt is also high in protein and complex carbohydrates. It’s best to avoid flavoured varieties that are high in sugar – stir a tablespoon of honey or stewed apple and cinnamon through a pot of natural Greek yoghurt instead.
Having something constantly on hand to eat is helpful when you are feeling queasy. Keep a couple of dry biscuits by your bed to nibble on in case you wake up with an unsettled stomach during the night or first thing in the morning.
Sipping peppermint tea or sucking on peppermint sweets has long been used by expectant women to help ease morning sickness and disguise the metallic taste in the mouth that sometimes occurs with pregnancy nausea.
The acupressure points for nausea are located at the base of the wrist (pericardium point six). You can buy wristbands to apply pressure for you or you can find the point by measuring three finger widths up from the crease between your hand and arm. Lift off your third finger, feel for a small dip in your arm and press this point for several seconds each time you feel a bout of nausea.
It’s important to stay hydrated, especially if you are vomiting. Ice-cold drinks will soothe your stomach. Increase your intake of electrolytes with coconut water or try an iced lolly made from natural fruit juice.
*If you are experiencing persistent nausea or severe vomiting please seek medical attention.