Learn the best morning sickness remedies when it hits you fast!
You’ve just found out you’re pregnant!
Yay! What a glorious and exciting time for you to find out you are pregnant!
And while pregnancy is full of new and exciting experiences, they are not all kisses and rainbows.
Pregnancy also comes with its fair share of painful and annoying symptoms – morning sickness, anyone?
Morning sickness is a very common pregnancy ailment, and contrary to its name, it can happen any time during the day.
While you don’t want to spend your days with your head in the toilet, what are you supposed to do when you work and or have other children to be taking care of?
Many pregnant moms struggle with morning sickness and it was an ongoing challenge when I was pregnant with my twins.
No matter how I sat, what smells there were, or what I was eating, it seemed like there was nothing that helped!
And to top it all off, as the weeks came, my daughter gave me wonderful heartburn because she was nestled on top of her brother! #funtimes!
So in order to help you avoid the same trails that I went through, I have put together a list of both over the counter and natural morning sickness remedies for making it through even the worst nausea spells.
What Causes Morning Sickness?
While doctors still aren’t sure what specifically causes morning sickness, it is most likely due to the changes in hormones as a result of the pregnancy. HCg, or human chorionic gonadotropin is produced in higher amounts during the first trimester.
While there is no cure for morning sickness, many women find relief by combining (and avoiding) certain foods, natural remedies and over the counter options.
While some women might not be able to completely avoid morning sickness, they can be prepared.
You can easily create a morning sickness aid kit with items like breath mints, toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, and approved nausea medications as a way to survive when nausea strikes.
Over The Counter Morning Sickness Remedies
Anything with ginger is great for helping to relieve morning sickness. These little lozenges contain four key ingredients that help to soothe digestive issues in addition to helping to calm nausea; ginger, honey, lemon, and spearmint.
These are great for tossing in your purse, keeping by your bedside, in your morning sickness remedy bag, and stashing a few in your pocket.
If eating anything makes you want to throw up, then you might want to check out these acupressure bands.
These are the exact bands I used when I was pregnant with twins and morning sickness was all day sickness.
Simply slip the bands on and they apply pressure to the acupressure point on the wrists. They provide a drug free alternative without any additional side effects like fatigue or brain fog (cuz you already have enough of that!)
If you are looking for something a little more high-tech that you can adjust the intensity, then the relief band is a good option. It sends pulses to the nerve in your wrist, which then travels to your brain, which then signals your stomach for almost instant nausea relief.
Simply place the included gel on your wrist, put the band on, and turn it to the proper intensity for fast relief from morning sickness.
This bubbly morning sickness drink includes both magnesium and vitamin B6 to help soothe nausea.
Available in two tasty flavors, raspberry mint and citrus ginger, this drink is mom and doctor approved.
FizzElizer is an energizing alternative formulated to be absorbed quicker than other common remedies.
Morning Sickness Vitamin B6 & Ginger
If your morning sickness is not debilitating and you are looking for gentle relief to add to your daily vitamin intake, then consider the Maternal Balance morning sickness vitamins.
In addition to containing vitamin B6 and ginger, it also contains zinc, and marshmallow root, both effective remedies for those experiencing morning sickness.
Preggie Pop Drops
For those looking for a tasty morning sickness remedy, these drops offer a natural and drug-free solution.
They contain natural plant botanicals and essential oils to help provide relief.
I used Preggie drops for tough mornings.
Nausea Relief Spray
If you aren’t keen on ingesting anything because it only seems to make your nausea worse, then perhaps try a topical treatment.
This nausea and morning sickness spray contains magnesium and dead sea minerals to provide topical relief of morning sickness, aches, and pains. Simply stray on your body to provide on-the-spot relief with this fast acting supplement.
It is suggested to start at your feet to gauge your tolerance and move up from there.
Natural Morning Sickness Remedies
Avoid Certain Foods
When you are just learning about your pregnancy and how your body reacts to certain things, it can be difficult to know what is going to set off your morning sickness.
Foods you once loved now make you want to vomit, while things you might not have enjoyed before sound and smell very appealing.
As a general rule of thumb, there are certain foods that those experiencing morning sickness should try and avoid. Anything spicy or gas producing can increase morning sickness and nausea, not to mention heartburn and indigestion.
You might also want to avoid fatty, greasy, and very sweet or sugary foods as well.
These can also cause nausea in many women. It’s a good idea in your early months of pregnancy to stick to foods that are lower in fat, dry or bland, carb-heavy, and high in protein.
These are things like crackers, nuts, toast, and cereals. Some women have also found it helpful to not drink fluids at the same time as when they are eating.
Eating Frequently and Smaller Portions
Completely skipping meals and not eating can actually make your nausea worse. Instead of trying to squeeze in three larger meals, opt for smaller, more frequent meals and snacks.
For example, instead of a larger breakfast, try having a slice or two of toast and then maybe some oatmeal an hour or so later.
Be careful though; I wasn’t gaining as much weight for a twin pregnancy because of my morning sickness and lack of eating.
Overeating can also lead to worsened nausea. While that big juicy burger might look and smell amazing right now, try and minimize your portions to avoid nausea symptoms.
Up Your Ginger Intake
Ginger is one of the most soothing foods for upset tummies.
Avoiding Overpowering Smells
Whenever possible, try and avoid triggering and overpowering smells.
Steer clear of people smoking, vaping, wearing strong perfume or cologne, and anything else that you think might set off your nausea.
If certain smells from cooking seem to trigger your nausea, see if your partner can take on some of the cooking responsibilities or make sure your cooking area is well ventilated.
While going out for a run might not be the first thing on your list when you feel like throwing up, exercising during pregnancy can be beneficial to get out in the fresh air. You can also try other low impact exercises, like swimming, prenatal yoga, or walking on a treadmill.
While getting some kind of physical activity is advised during pregnancy, be sure to check with your doctor before you start a whole new workout routine.
Timing Your Prenatals
If you are taking an iron supplement or there is iron in your prenatal supplement (which is highly likely), that might also be contributing to your nausea.
Taking these in the morning on an empty stomach might be making your morning sickness worse. You might want to try taking your vitamins before bed with a light snack.
Think Outside the Box
There are some less common remedies listed above, such as nausea bands and spray. The nausea bands work by activating certain pressure points in the wrists. You can also try acupressure on yourself or seek out the help of a professional.
If you want to try other alternative avenues, acupuncture and hypnosis are also natural remedies that women have found as effective morning sickness remedies.
While certain smells might make you want to hurl, others can provide relief.
Placing certain essential oils in your diffuser can help to soothe those annoying symptoms, plus they will make your house smell nice. Some commonly used oils include lemon, mint, and orange.
If you don’t have a diffuser, you can also place the oils on a cotton ball or tissue and place it under your nose. Just make sure you don’t use too much, it might have the opposite effect then.
For me, since food aversion was a thing for me, I found sucking and chewing on ice helpful to pass the time.
I even started having ice in water and to this day, need to have ice-cold water to drink!
When To Seek Professional Help
Even if you have tried seemingly everything and still are experiencing nausea, then it might be time to go see your healthcare provider.
While it’s uncommon, a handful of women might be experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum, which can be categorized by continuous vomiting with the threat of dehydration.
You should consult with your doctor if you are unable to keep food down for more than 12 hours.
If you are experiencing signs of dehydration, such as headaches, dizziness, dark urine, or infrequent urination.
If you have had a weight loss of five or more pounds. Are experiencing severe cramping or pain in your pelvis and or have thrown up several times in one day.
Morning sickness is a pain in the butt, but there are many different options to find relief, you just have to find what works for you.
Let me know in the comments what morning sickness remedies worked for your pregnancy!
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