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9 Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness

March 12, 2014

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Any woman who has been pregnant can tell you that “morning” sickness is a misnomer. It should be called “all-day” sickness, especially during the first and last trimester. For many women, the feeling of nausea can strike well into the afternoon or even post-dinner. But it’s actually a sign that things are going well, really! Studies have found that morning sickness is a good indication of a healthy pregnancy. Great news, right?

Morning sickness is caused by an increase in pregnancy hormones and fluctuations in levels of electrolytes, glucose, and carbohydrates as your body makes proper accommodations for your baby-to-be. Fortunately, if you’re looking for some much-needed relief, but don’t want to turn to prescription or OTC drugs, there are many all-natural, DIY methods for soothing your symptoms. Try out these tricks and home remedies to fight off nausea, vomiting, and queasiness, no pills involved. Goodbye morning sickness, hello all-day wellness!

Ginger and lemon juice: Combine ½ teaspoon ground ginger root with 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 teaspoon mint juice. Sweeten with ½ teaspoon honey or 1 teaspoon fresh orange juice, to your taste. Dilute the mixture with a cup of water, if desired. Ginger, mints and citrus have all been proven to reduce nausea, making this Ayurvedic-inspired drink a powerful stomach-soothing combination.

Fennel and anise seeds: Chew on these digestion-friendly seeds periodically throughout the day to settle your stomach and combat other morning sickness symptoms. Bonus: These seeds may also relieve bloating and pregnancy-related constipation and gas.

Brewer’s Yeast: Whether you take brewer’s yeast in powder or flake form, you’ll reap the benefits of its vitamin B6 and magnesium, two minerals that are proven tummy tamers. The yeast is also a probiotic, which means it may balance your gut flora, too. Mix brewer’s yeast into a glass of lemonade or sprinkle it onto some dry cereal to settle your stomach. 

Cloves and cinnamon: Put cloves and cinnamon in a small, porous bag that you keep in an easily accessible place, such as your desk drawer or nightstand. Pull it out whenever you encounter an offensive odor or when you’re feeling particularly queasy. These two warming scents are traditionally used to treat an upset stomach.  

Barley water: To make barley water, first rinse pearl barley, then cook one cup of barley in two to three cups of boiling water. Add the zest of one lemon and a spoonful of honey or agave to the water, and allow it to simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool. Strain the stomach-soothing liquid from the pot, pour it into a glass, and sip to alleviate vomiting and nausea. The grain’s mild-tasting broth is hydrating and is infused with carbohydrates to balance your blood sugar and essential vitamins and minerals to fuel you.   

Frozen delights: Can’t keep any liquids down? Dehydration can exacerbate morning sickness symptoms. Try sucking on frozen lemon or lime slices or pour lemon or lime juice into an ice cube tray and freeze. Stick the infused ice cubes directly into water or make your own ice chips. The refreshing scent will calm you and crunching on the cubes will keep you hydrated.   

Coriander: Soak 1 tablespoon of crushed coriander seeds or powdered coriander in 1 cup of water or tea for about an hour. Strain the mixture if necessary before drinking. In Ayurvedic medicine, coriander is used to combat nausea and balance blood sugar, and it’s easy to digest. 

Crunchy carbs: If you have a morning ritual of dry heaving as soon as you wake up, consider keeping dry carbs such as crackers by your bedside and crunch on a few before getting out of bed to bring up your blood sugar and avoid hugging the toilet. Make your own natural and homemade ones with this recipe for Sprouted Flour Cheddar Crackers.

Mint: Take a whiff of peppermint or spearmint essential oil to nix your morning sickness by pleasantly stimulating your olfactory receptors. It’s especially helpful for those with a pregnancy-heightened sense of smell that allows them to detect noxious odors from miles away. Breathe in this refreshing scent to settle your stomach and appease your senses. You could also make your own mint juice to fight indigestion and nausea: Just blend ¼ cup of mint leaves with 1 ½ cups of water! 

Do you have a natural morning sickness remedy that works like a charm?