5 All-Natural Ways to Beat Morning Sickness

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5 Natural Cures for Morning SicknessAll I wanted to know during my first trimester of both pregnancies was "Why do they call it morning sickness?" Whether you're queasy only when you wake up or 24/7, there's no question that morning sickness is one of the most unpleasant aspects of pregnancy. If you've asked your obstetrician how to ease the symptoms, you've probably gotten the standard "eat a few crackers before you get out of bed" advice and not much else, unless you're so violently ill that IV fluids come into play.

Luckily there are a few all-natural ways to keep that constantly seasick sensation at bay, and while they might not work for everybody, chances are at least one of these will give you some relief!

  1. Sea Bands are wristbands with little balls strategically placed to massage the pressure points on your wrist that control nausea. Good for sailors, good for you!
  2. Preggie Pops are made with stomach-calming essential oils and brown rice syrup (for hypoglycemia-induced nausea), and they actually taste good!
  3. Potato chips work in two ways: The salt helps to dry up the excess saliva that makes some pregnant women want to hurl, and the starch keeps blood sugar levels steady.
  4. Lemon water, like potato chips, packs a one-two punch because sour flavors can soothe the irate belly and dehydration contributes to nausea.
  5. Dried herbs like lavender and thyme stuffed into a sachet or handkerchief can provide a whiff of instant relief when ickier odors threaten to turn your tummy. Lemon rinds and green apple skins smell great, too.

How do you deal with morning sickness?

 

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stell... stellarluna

I have used the potato idea, preggo pops and the lemon water which all helped.  Also, papaya enzyme for the sickies and for reflux and ginger in with that lemon in the water is great too.  

Cowgi... CowgirlSoldier

Lemon used trigger my morning sickness. I couldn't even stand if a waiter put a lemon in my water I would request a new one, thats how bad lemon water was for me. But hey, what works for some doesn't always work for all. 

Dana Koch Kane

nothing helped my morning sickness, i tried the bands, phenergan, ginger ale....couldn't keep anything down....Was hospitalized and treated intravenously. But, he was all worth it =)

momof... momof3inTN

When I was pregnant with my daughter (my 3rd child), my morning sickness was awful and lasted all 9 months and it was an all day thing. I tried all of the above (except for the lavender sachet) and none worked. But chamomile tea with lemon did help somewhat. Now that I am pregnant with baby #4, I'll keep the lavendar in mind, just in case but I really hope my morning sickness isn't nearly as bad as my last pregnancy.

Kimberly Virga

I never suffered from my morning sickness, but with my daughter I had some slight nausea until my second trimester. It was very mild, but I craved green apples and lemons through that whole period, and it seemed to keep my nausea at bay... wonder if it was a subconscious thing? Interesting.

Madel... MadelynMc

Ginger candies. They're made for motion sickness and you can get them at Whole Foods. And lemonade. And sour candies :)

tiger123 tiger123

I had horrible morning sickness with my first.  I would go to work, smell the coffee and perfume and be sick all day. I had to stay home for about half my pregnancy.  The main things that helped me were: whole wheat crackers in the morning before I ate anything else, bananas, ginger ale, peanut butter and chips all soothed my stomach.  I would not recommend  fresh emons for an upset stomach due to the acid content.  Lemonade and lemon candies sound fine though. 

Dabbe... Dabberdoo

Zofran and IVs.  That's what worked for me.

Tracys2 Tracys2

Ginger made me feel icky. Normally I like it, but the preggo pops and candied ginger I tried-- ick! Ginger ale was just about OK.


Staying very still and small amounts of food ALL the time helped me through, but nothing I can think of was really soothing.

Jeann... JeannieMS

Massage! I know, it's not affordable. My health plan covered it. (I'm in Canada.) It worked great. I could only go once a week but it always made the nausea disappear! (and even once a week was a relief!)

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