While being pregnant is a very exciting time in your life, the morning sickness that tends to come along with it may not have you so excited. While there are many over-the-counter remedies for nausea, not all of them are safe to use when pregnant.
Morning Sickness Remedies
Below you will find some of the most effective, natural, and completely safe solutions for treating morning sickness.
Fennel seeds are very effective in reducing queasiness and have been used in Chinese medicine to curb nausea for centuries. Take one tablespoon of crushed fennel seeds (a coffee grinder will work if you don’t have a food processor) and pour into an empty cup. Pour boiling water over the crushed fennel seeds. Cover and let steep for about ten minutes, then gradually sip to keep the nausea at bay.
There is a reason why people turn to ginger ale when they have the flu—ginger is extremely effective for calming an upset stomach. Ginger root helps to relax the intestinal tract, reducing that feeling of nausea and the urge to vomit. Especially when pregnant, the best remedy is real ginger.
Make a tea as you did with the fennel seeds but use ½ teaspoon of powdered ginger instead. You can add a small amount of honey to the tea to make it more palatable. (Do consult your doctor before using ginger).
Lavender and Thyme
Take that heightened sense of smell during pregnancy and use it to your advantage. Just the smell of either lavender or thyme can soothe an upset stomach. Use thyme or lavender to scent a handkerchief; keep this on hand for when a round of nausea hits, and just take a deep breath of your refreshing handkerchief.
Lemon is another smell that is powerful in its ability to soothe the stomach. You can use a handkerchief like with the lavender and thyme, but instead soak it in lemon juice and keep it around to fight nausea. You can also sip on warm water with plenty of lemon slices and a teaspoon of honey.
Mint is extremely effective for calming an upset stomach and can also help control your gag reflex. Use fresh mint leaves to make a tea and sip when you feel a round of nausea coming on. Just the smell of mint can also be enough to calm your stomach.
Bael (Wood Apple) Juice
The juice of wood apple promotes good digestion and is effective in preventing constipation. It is also helpful in relieving the symptoms of severe morning sickness. Eat this up to 3 times per day for severe symptoms of morning sickness. Alternatively, extract the juice of one bael fruit and add 2-4 tbsp to cooked rice. Take this remedy daily until the stomach is calm enough to keep up on its own.
This remedy will need to be prepared in advance, but is very effective in keeping nausea away for long periods of time. Extract the juice from 15-20 curry leaves; mix with two teaspoons of fresh lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey; mix well. You can drink this mixture 2-3 times per day to prevent morning sickness.
While morning sickness is not exactly the highlight of pregnancy, keep in mind that it will pass. Be sure to drink plenty of water every day throughout your pregnancy, especially if you’re suffering from this drag. In addition to hydrating, utilize the above natural remedies to treat and prevent your morning sickness and you’ll be feeling better in no time.