Although it’s very common for women to experience nausea and vomiting during the first trimester and sometimes longer, there are several natural preventions and remedies to help cope with and resolve these issues.
The dramatic rise in hormones during pregnancy can sometimes lead to symptoms of morning sickness, but many factors can play a role in whether or not you get sick. Vitamin D, B6, B12 and calcium effect your body’s ability to absorb magnesium; deficiency in this mineral is a leading cause of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, so it is very helpful to make sure you are getting enough of these specific vitamins in your diet. Low blood sugar can also be a contributor; eating small frequent meals and high protein snacks throughout the day will help keep your blood sugar balanced.
It’s important to know that many anti-nausea medications contain antihistamines, which have been tied to birth defects in animals.
Other preventative measures to try:
- Walking a mile a day can help to circulate the build up of pregnancy hormones in the body
- Avoid cooking or eating greasy foods
- Drink a cup of Anise or Fennel seed tea first thing upon waking
- In the morning, drink one teaspoon organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a large cup of warm water
- Drink eight 8oz cups of water a day
- Get plenty of rest and fresh air
- Breathing exercises
- Homeopathic: Ipecac 30x, Nux vomica 6x, Cannabis 30x
- Drinking tea made from dried peach leaves
- Drinking a cup or two of Raspberry leaf tea before you start your day
- Sipping raspberry, spearmint or peppermint infusion before getting up in the morning
- Eating crystallized ginger and taking tablespoon doses of ginger tea when morning sickness occurs
- Chiropractic adjustments
Part of having a healthy pregnancy and a peaceful birth is taking responsibility for your well-being and trusting the wisdom of your body. Morning sickness can often be the body communicating that something is lacking, whether it is a vitamin deficiency, the need for more exercise, or a shift in diet. Making the choice to listen to these signs and respond with lifestyle changes and natural remedies whenever possible, as opposed to relying on medications that come with many risks and side effects, may be the healthiest choice for both you and your baby.