All 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!
- 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!
- Preggie Pops are made with stomach-calming essential oils and brown rice syrup (for hypoglycemia-induced nausea), and they actually taste good!
- 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.
- Lemon water, like potato chips, packs a one-two punch because sour flavors can soothe the irate belly and dehydration contributes to nausea.
- 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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