Pregnancy is an exciting phase for every woman. But the morning sickness that accompanies with it is often difficult to handle. A majority of women experience nausea, vomiting, and fatigue during their first trimester. It typically starts by the sixth week of pregnancy and peaks around the eighth and ninth weeks. By14th – 16th week, the morning sickness will taper off. For a few, it may last throughout their pregnancy. Being sick is an unpleasant feeling; however, if the mother’s weight and other aspects are in check, there is no need to worry.
What are the causes of morning sickness?
As there are so many causes linked to morning sickness, It’s very hard to pinpoint any one as a major factor.Some of the causes include,
- HCG hormone – it is produced in excessive amounts, which does the role of sustaining the baby.
- Increase on estrogen and progesterone – this slows the entry of food through the gastrointestinal tract
- Deficiency in Vitamin B6
- Heightened senses, especially smell
- Increased sensitivity of the digestive system
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Morning sickness symptoms usually settle down as the second trimester begins, but it can take longer time to end in some pregnant women. While morning sickness is generally not dangerous, excessive vomiting and complete inability to hold down any food or water can be signs of something more severe and can lead to dehydration. Certain OTC medications claim to relieve and be the remedy for nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness, but it’s always best to try natural, safer remedies.
Here are some natural home remedies for nausea and morning sickness in pregnant women
It is really challenging to prevent sickness completely as it is a natural and common part of the pregnancy process. However, a pregnant woman can prevent morning sickness from becoming a significant problem by following some essential tips.
Follow a set routine during pregnancy to reduce nausea
- Stress and sluggishness can increase morning sickness. A pregnant woman should make an effort not to fit in an excessive number of things in a day and should keep things smooth. She should get plenty of rest and consider taking time off work if she finds it difficult to cope.Refer to our blog to know more about the sleeping positions during pregnancy.
- She can give herself some additional time by having a couple of cookies and others, 20 to 30 minutes, before getting up. Keeping some simple snacks, such as plain biscuits or rusks, by the bedside, may help.
- If kitchen and food smells are triggering nausea, a pregnant woman can ask someone to assist her in the kitchen for a while till the sickness settles.
Eat whenever possible to reduce nausea
Morning sickness won’t undermine the child’s growth as long as the mother can hold some food down. Eat little with regular intervals and identify which foods increase the symptoms of nausea. Rich, oily, fried, or spiced foods can often trigger vomiting.
It is better to have foods rich in vitamin B6, such as brown rice, buckwheat flour, chicken, colocasia, sweet potato, bananas, soya beans, corn, avocado, and walnuts.
Intake of vitamin B supplements may also reduce nausea. If possible, a mother can swallow the pills, but make sure to talk to a doctor before taking supplements in pregnancy.
Most pregnant women find that drinking water routinely mitigates the side effects of nausea, acidity, and acid reflux, just like heartburn.
A pregnant woman could also sip lemon juice, barley water, or whatever she can manage. Coffee, soda, and teas should not be counted as part of her fluid intake because they are diuretics.
Relax with yoga
Deep relaxation can help a pregnant woman recharge herself by relaxing her body and mind.It also helps her to reduce the stress levels and overcome fatigue.
To overcome fatigue refer to the blog regarding how to beat fatigue during pregnancy.
The relaxation pose is also helpful and can be done throughout pregnancy.
A trained prenatal yoga teacher would be able to guide a woman on how to practice yoga, safely during pregnancy.
Try home remedies
Ginger is often used as a traditional home remedy for nausea. Fresh ginger beverages are a well-known choice, yet it totally depends upon how sensitive a mother is to specific smells and flavors.
According to some pregnant women, it helps settle their stomach and diminishes vomiting. Then again for others, it compounds their manifestations or causes indigestion.
A mother could also make a tea with ground ginger root. Steep two teaspoons in boiling water, leave it to cool, and have it for the day. It is better not to take more than 3g of raw ginger (about three teaspoons) a day.
Most pregnant ladies find that having sour food helps keep sickness in restraint, and lemons typically head the list. They are adaptable and can be added to make beverages, for example, lemonade or lemons can be added to different foods and refreshments for flavor. But if a woman doesn’t like the sour taste, she can consider sniffing a wedge of lemon instead.
Tamarind is another well-known alternative remedy for nausea. A pregnant lady could attempt tamarind-based beverages, chutneys, or rice options. A few ladies like Indian gooseberry (amla) as juice or candy.
Mint is also considered as a much-loved ingredient. If a mother likes the flavor, she can use it to make drinks, chutney, rice dishes, or even try them as a fill for paranthas and rotis. Sniffing on a fresh sprig of mint can also provide them relief.
Other herbal remedies that are worth trying include lemon tea or small quantities of chamomile tea. The effects can be very short-lived, so a mother may need to test and pivot the remedies to get the best impact.
Nausea can occur due to many reasons and often makes a pregnant woman, feel awful. The natural tips stated above can definitely help reduce nausea without using medications. That said, if vomiting persists, a pregnant woman should without doubt, seek additional advice from her healthcare expert.
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