Ginger was as good as Dramamine at relieving morning sickness, researchers have found.
A recently published in The Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine shows that ginger is really able to combat the problem. It can be consumed in tea, in ginger ale, ginger snaps, ginger candy, and ginger capsules.
Morning sickness is very common. Most pregnant women have at least some nausea, and about a third have vomiting. It usually begins during the first month of pregnancy and continues through the 14 to 16th week. Some women have nausea and vomiting through their entire pregnancy.
Morning sickness does not hurt the baby in any way unless you lose weight, such as with severe vomiting. Mild weight loss during the first trimester is not uncommon when women have moderate symptoms, and is not harmful to the baby. The amount of morning sickness during one pregnancy does not predict how you will feel in future pregnancies.
The exact cause of morning sickness is unknown. It may be caused by hormone changes or lower blood sugar during early pregnancy. Emotional stress, fatigue, traveling, or some foods can make the problem worse. Nausea in pregnancy is more common and can be worse with twins or triplets. Morning sickness usually stops after the first 3 or 4 months of pregnancy.
Here are some other home remedies that can reduce nausea:
A few soda crackers or dry toast when you first wake up, even before you get out of bed in the morning.
A small snack like almonds at bedtime and when getting up to go to the bathroom at night.
Avoid large meals. Instead, snack as often as every one to two hours during the day and drink plenty of fluids.
Eat foods high in protein and complex carbohydrates, such as almond butter on apple slices or celery; nuts; hummus; lentils, hemp seeds. Avoid foods high in fat and salt but low in nutrition.
Acupressure wrist bands or acupuncture may help. You can find these bands in drug, health food, and travel and boating stores. If you are thinking about trying acupuncture, talk to your doctor and look for an acupuncturist who is trained to work with pregnant women.
Keep air flowing through rooms to reduce odors.
Take your prenatal vitamins at night. Increase vitamin B6 in your diet by eating whole grains, nuts, seeds, and peas and beans (legumes). Talk to your doctor about possibly taking vitamin B6 supplements.
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