Morning sickness is said to affect about 80% of pregnant women. Its exact causes are not quite known, but many researchers believe the high levels of hormones (especially hCG, the pregnancy hormone) have a lot to do with it - especially because morning sickness is most common in the first trimester and tends to be worst around 10 weeks when your hCG level is at its highest.
For those lucky women who do not experience the nausea and vomiting, hooray! But this post isn't for you. For the rest of us, let's talk a little about some ways you can relieve your morning sickness, naturally:
Acupressure Wrist Bands
Initially developed for travelers who were fighting motion sickness, these bands put pressure in a particular spot (the P6, or Nei-Kuan, point) in your wrist that is said to help alleviate nausea. These are completely unmedicated, and you don't have to deal with trying to eat or drink anything. The pressure is minimal, and most women forget they even have the bands on.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Using essential oils to help combat nausea and vomiting is another great way to fight without having to eat or drink anything. Essential oils are designed to penetrate the skin, and then get circulated rather quickly throughout the body. Peppermint works well for both nausea and vomiting. There are other essential oils that are effective, such as ginger or lavender, but peppermint seems to be the least offensive smell (which is important when you're nauseous!).
Change Your Eating Habits
Eating smaller, frequent meals will help to keep your blood sugar levels stable and avoid spikes, which could lead to increased symptoms. Try to avoid fatty, spicy or fried foods as these may further upset your stomach. Protein-rich snacks and meals, especially before bedtime, will help as well.
If you are able to stomach food and drink, there are a variety of ways to take ginger which has been proven super effective at combating nausea and vomiting. You can drink warm, flat ginger ale or make some warm soothing ginger tea. There are ginger capsules you can take, or even just chew on a piece of crystalized ginger.
Rest and Hydration
It may be hard to keep fluids down, but try to stay hydrated - it's not only extremely important to your health, but being dehydrated is also going to make you feel worse. Plenty of rest will also help how you feel, and whenever you get up from lying down try to get up slowly so you don't shock your system.
Luckily, for most women who suffer from morning sickness the symptoms generally subside by 16 weeks. Some will be dealing with the nausea and vomiting throughout their pregnancy, but these remedies are safe at any stage so definitely try them out. If you are experiencing severe vomiting, or are unable to keep anything down, call your doctor as you may have hypermesis gravidarum - extreme morning sickness that requires monitoring by your physician.
Hang in there ladies, it is all worth it!