I think it’s safe to say most of us mums have had it, or we at least know someone who has experienced morning sickness. For some of us, we are lucky to have it just in the morning as the name suggests. I feel for the women who have it all day/all night 24/7.
It is thought that morning sickness happens during pregnancy because of the increased hormones in your body. Doctors believe morning sickness is a positive thing and signals your placenta is functioning well.
NHS.UK state “about 80% of women have some degree of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy”
There are many remedies out there to aid nausea. Here are my top 10 remedies that may help you in your time of need.
1- Studies have shown a 25mg dose of Vitamin B-6 every 8 hours can significantly help reduce or even stop nausea and vomiting.
NHS.UK says ” vitamin B6, has been shown in studies to be effective at reducing symptoms”
2- Ginger biscuits/ginger ale/ginger tea and crystallised ginger. It’s widely known ginger can help
3- A gentle 20-minute walk. Fresh air and a change of scenery can help focus your mind and release positive feel-good chemicals, hopefully stopping any sickness you may be feeling.
4- Sniffing a fresh scent (mint, lemon, and oranges) are all good ones to get a sniff of.
5- Staying hydrated will help long term, it may make you feel worse at first but just go with it. The more dehydrated you are the worse you will feel.
6- Peppermint tea is a good herbal drink to have. Peppermint has a calming influence on tummies.
7- Acupressure can be very beneficial. I wear travel bands when I’m at sea and I can honestly tell you these are amazing.
8- Bland foods like toast, crackers, rich teas, and plain crisps are just a few to mention. Try to eat every few hours even it’s just a nibble on something. You will need energy. Letting your stomach go empty will make you feel worse.
9- Apply a bag of peas or an ice pack to the base of your neck can stop the feeling of nausea. I believe it’s something to do with the Feng Fu point in your neck.
Placebo or not… I’ve heard great things
10- Sleep. Make the most of it. Vomiting can be exhausting. So try and sleep it off.
Of course, there are many prescription medications available to help. So if you feel these aren’t working for you then pop along to your GP for a chat.
Recently in January 2018, it has come to light that the drug Diclectin which is a combination of vitamin B6 and a common antihistamine used for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy may not be as effective as previously thought. Read more here
VeryMummy wishes you all the best on your amazing baby journey
*Please speak to your midwife or GP if you are concerned. This blog should never replace professional medical advice*
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