Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Remedies for Relieving Morning Sickness

By Misti Sandefur

The dreaded "morning sickness" usually occurs during the first trimester of pregnancy, and this is nothing to be alarmed about, because it's normal in pregnant women. Some women are lucky and don't experience any morning sickness at all, but there are many who aren't so lucky.

Now, I know it's called "morning sickness," but it can occur all day or even during the night for many women. During all three of my pregnancies, I was always running to the bathroom or feeling very sick at all hours of the day. I got worried, so I asked my doctor if it was normal for it to occur during other hours, and he assured me it was. He even said a lot of women have "morning sickness" that lasts all day.

Following are a few home remedies for all you unlucky women. These remedies may not work for some, and if you have concerns or questions about any of them, check with your doctor first. Furthermore, I said morning sickness was normal, and it is, however, if your morning sickness continues past your first trimester, and/or you begin to lose a lot of weight, you should consult with your doctor to make sure everything is okay.

I'm sure you know this one, because this remedy has been around for many years, but just in case you've not heard of it, here it goes... Before you get out of bed in the morning, eat Saltine crackers to help settle your upset stomach. I always had boxes of Saltine crackers on my nightstand when I was pregnant, and they did settle my stomach many times. As a matter of fact, I was very thankful for my Saltine crackers.

Also in the morning, try drinking juice, but drink sweet juices like orange juice or grape juice.

When you get out of bed in the morning, take your time and get out slow. Rising from bed too fast could cause you to get dizzy and even run straight to the bathroom. Of course, you don't want to visit the bathroom again, but you definitely don't want to get too dizzy and fall.

Open the windows in your house to bring in fresh air, or you can even sit outside for a while.

Exercise can also help, but check with your doctor first to find out what exercises he recommends.

Eat small, frequent meals during the day, and drink plenty of fluids, but drink fluids between meals not during meals.

Candies such as wild berry lifesavers and other sour candies relieve queasiness for some women. An alternative to candy is Orbit chewing gum; some say this works until the flavor is gone.

Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits and lemons may help.

Drinks such as Ginger Ale, 7Up, Lemon Lime and Sprite may help settle your stomach. In addition to soda pop, consumption of peppermint or ginger tea has helped many women. However, do not take large quantities of ginger –– check with your doctor on the amount first.

Some women have said if they eat the food they're craving it has helped their morning sickness.

Many times getting sick can be brought on by nerves, to calm your nerves try listening to soothing music.

Like with most any pregnant woman, some smells made my nausea worse, and most of the time I ended up with my head over the toilet again. I told my grandma about it and she shared a home remedy with me that seemed to work. Grandma said, "Find some lemon and apply a couple drops of it to a handkerchief. Carry the handkerchief around with you, and when you feel sick again from that smell just pull out the handkerchief and breath in the lemon scent." Thank God for Grandmas!

Find a recipe for homemade ginger cookies, and then bake lots of them for snacks.

Popsicles aren't just for kids!

Being tired also contributes to morning sickness, so take short naps during the day. Besides, a pregnant woman needs her rest.

Many women have found that applying pressure to the acupressure point on their wrist is an effective remedy for morning sickness. Plus, many of the women even buy acupressure wristbands.

Have the daddy-to-be massage your feet, and make sure to tell him to apply pressure as he gives your feet a massage. Some women find the pressure to their feet--from the foot massage--helps when they are feeling nauseated.

Finally, avoid things that can trigger the morning sickness. Some triggers include spicy food, cooking (a reason for Dad to cook), eggs, milk, an empty stomach, strong odors, caffeine and fried foods.

There are many other home remedies, as these are only a few of those many. Feel free to use them when you're feeling sick to your stomach.

Congratulations on your pregnancy! May God bless you with a healthy pregnancy and baby!

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