In this blog we will discuss the Natural Remedies available to pregnant woman to help relieve the symptoms of Morning Sickness.
In the early stages of pregnancy, it is very common for you to experience nausea and vomiting, otherwise known as ‘morning sickness’. This term can be very misleading as the symptoms can occur at any time of the day and for some women they can last all day. Hormonal changes in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy is thought to be the main cause of morning sickness.
“According to NHS statistics, approximately half of all pregnant women experience vomiting and more than 80% of women experience nausea in the first 12 weeks.”
As your pregnancy progresses, symptoms should begin to improve. In some women, improvement is seen by the third month however some women do experience nausea and vomiting for longer than this.
Morning sickness can be very unpleasant and for some women the symptoms can be very severe. This is known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) which can be serious, needing specialist treatment and sometimes admission to hospital.
“What can I do to help relieve my morning sickness naturally?”
There are a number of things you can try, these include:
- Get plenty of rest when you can, as being tired can agrevate the nausea.
- Try eating a dry slice of toast or a plain biscuit before getting up.
- Eat little and often of foods high in carbohydrate and low in fat.
- Ensure you drink plenty of fluids. Sipping little amounts often can help prevent vomiting.
- Avoid foods or smells which make you nausious.
- Ask for support of loved ones. It might help if someone else does the cooking.
- Wear comfortable non restricting clothes.
- Fresh ginger or ginger teas are said to help relieve the symptoms of morning sickness. Earth Mama Angel Baby’s mum to be tea sampler includes a morning wellness tea which helps with the symptoms of morning sickness.
- Try The Morning Wellness Spray by Earth Mama Angel Baby. Spritz a little onto your wrist and inhale to help settle your stomach. This spray is made with a safe blend of oils that includes lime and ginger.
( Please note due to high sugar levels, ginger biscuits and ginger beer are not the answer. These can cause highs and lows in blood-sugar levels, making you feel worse.)
“When should I see a doctor?”
If you are unable to keep any food or fluids down, you run the risk of becoming dehydrated or malnourished. If this continues for 24 hours contact your GP or Midwife immediately.
Other signs to look out for:
- Dark coloured urine or if you have not passed urine for more than 8 hours
- You are experiencing any abdominal pain
- High temperatures
- Blood being present in your vomit