It is not abnormal for a pregnant woman to go through bouts or nausea in the morning. However, that doesn’t mean the underlying problem is easily explained.
Morning sickness doesn’t necessarily have to occur in the morning hours, it can creep out during part of the day.
Doctors believe morning sickness in women may be due to abnormal levels of estrogen.
It can also be as a result of dehydration, where the insides of the body is not getting enough water.
Other common reasons include low blood sugar, stress, travel, certain types of food intake, prenatal vitamins, and certain smells.
So if you are dealing with this problem, here are a few simple ways to get rid of it.
Ginger tea is not only an effective remedy for cough and cold, but it is also a great remedy when you want to counter morning sickness.
To make ginger tea, add 1 teaspoon of dried ginger powder to a cup of boiling water, let it steep for 10 to 15 minutes, strain and drink it warm.
Try any one of these herbal teas
If you are not a fan of ginger tea, then try herbal teas made with chamomile, lemon balm, and peppermint.
All of these teas are believed to be effective against nausea. To prepare the tea, add two teaspoons of dried herb to a cup of boiling water, let it steep of 10 minutes. Strain, and drink the tea while it’s warm.
However, avoid peppermint tea, if you have heartburn as it can make the condition worse.
Red raspberry leaf tea
The red raspberry leaf is used to treat a number of pregnancy problems, including morning sickness.
It works by relaxing the smooth muscles of the uterus in women.
You can use as much as two teaspoons of the dried herb per cup of water while preparing the tea.
However, this tea can promote uterine contraction, so it is better to avoid it if you are in the latter stages of pregnancy, or have an increased risk of miscarriage.
Another great alternative to ginger tea is ginger ale. It helps to settle down your stomach and make you feel better.
Although, there are no exact known reasons why or how it works, it works great for nauseated moms.
However, do not drink ginger ale with fizz. It is believed the bubbles in it stimulates the production of stomach acids, which is the last thing you want when you are nauseated.
Fennel seeds are not only great for digestion, but it is also great to calm the upset stomach and to counter nausea.
Just chew a few anise or fennel seeds when you feel nauseated. You can also chew on some seeds after every meal, it is very effective in squelching mouth odor as well.
Some studies found that women who took around 75 milligrams of the vitamin-B6 supplement daily for three days reduced nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy.
However, do not take Vitamin-B6 without doctor’s advice while you are pregnant.
Drink enough water
Dehydration is believed to be one of the major reason for feeling nauseated.
Do you know that water is one of the best medicine there is? Yes, studies have found that women who drink water every hour experience less morning sickness over those who do not.
Drink a glass of water every time you wake up in the night to use the restroom, this ensures you wake up in the morning feeling refreshed.
Also, watch your urine color while you are urinating. If it is almost clear then it means you are drinking enough water.
Yellowish or dark yellowish colored urine usually indicates you are dehydrated. A sign that you need to drink more water.
Lemons to the rescue
Parents in India has a little trick to prevent their kids from vomiting while on a long journey. The trick is they carry few lemons with them and make the kids smell it as often as necessary if they feel nauseated.
This trick works on adults as well. Carry a little lemon with you, and if you feel nauseated or feel like vomiting take a little sniff.
As strange as it seems, many pregnant women have reported sniffing lemons helped ease morning sickness.
You can also make a little lemon drink by mixing two teaspoons of lemon extract with a glass of water and drink it every morning.
Avoid fatty and fried foods
Although fatty, and fried foods can look tempting, eating them while you feel nauseated will only make it worse and more intensified.
While it is unknown how it intensifies nausea, maybe because fatty foods rich in saturated fats are processed slowly by the digestive system.
Take prenatal vitamins with food
If you are taking prenatal vitamins, try to take them with food or immediately after your meals. This helps to calm down supplement induced nausea better.