No matter what way you look at it, morning sickness is no fun. Here are several natural morning sickness remedies you may not have heard of.
Natural Morning Sickness Remedies
It’s no secret that I struggled with morning sickness for the majority of my pregnancy. Awhile back, I shared everything hat you need to know about morning sickness, along with a bunch of remedies, and I’ve loved how popular it’s been. Since then, I’ve learned of a few more morning sickness remedies that I thought I would share that you may not have heard of.
Some of these I listed on the other post (but since it’s kind of long winded, some may not have seen them) but a few of them are new. Let me know if I missed anything that you’ve found to be particularly useful. Remember, this is not to be taken as medical advice. Always discuss these remedies with your doctor or midwife before doing them.
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Milk Thistle is something I heard about when reading my friend’s blog post about how to stop morning sickness before it starts. As I read her post, I was wondering how I had never heard of this. From the post:
Milk Thistle is known for its liver support as it cleanses and detoxifies the liver. Because pregnancy hormones take a toll on our liver, healthy liver function is vital for avoiding morning sickness. Who knew? She also told me to make sure and get the Jarrow brand; not sure why, but it does have awesome reviews for liver support!
So, if you aren’t pregnant, but want to be, consider starting on milk thistle ASAP! If you are pregnant and suffering from morning sickness, get started on it right away (well, talk to your physician first, then get started on it.) I will definitely be trying this before I have another baby. It not only helps with morning sickness but with milk supply, preventing poison, and works as a mood stabilizer.
I remember getting SeaBands for car sickness as I was growing up, but it wasn’t until recently that I’ve heard that really help with morning sickness. Another one of those tips that I just wonder how I missed while I was pregnant. The wristbands use acupressure to trigger P6 Nei Kuan pressure point on the inside of the wrist to alleviate nausea from morning sickness. This pressure point helps calm nausea and vomiting.It is drug-free and completely safe to wear during pregnancy.
Vitamin B6 and B12
I was told to use Unisom and Vitamin B12 to help with nausea, and I felt like it really took the edge off. If you go this route, be sure to talk with your physician to find out the proper dosage. Taking B6 also should help with morning sickness as well. The recommended dose I found was 25 mg every eight hours, but I would talk with your physician just to double check. Here is more information about using these to help with morning sickness.
Ginger is supposed to help prevent nausea. I remember using it in various forms when I was pregnant, some more pleasant than other. Sea-Band offers ginger lozenges that are free from artificial colors and flavors, and they are really supposed to help with nausea. They have essential ginger oils and folic acid to help promote a healthy pregnancy. Like other Sea-Band Mama products, the ginger lozenges use no drugs and have no side effects — perfectly safe for pregnancy.
Chinese herbal formula Bamboo and Hoelen
This is an herbal formula that I read a few places is supposed to help with nausea. I really don’t know a lot of about Chinese herbal formula, but it seemed like a legitimate remedy that was all natural.
I’ve read quite a bit lately about how a Magnesium deficiency can be the real cause of morning sickness. I sure hope the claims are true. Much like milk thistle, it’s something that it’s better if you build up stores of it before you get pregnant. Magnesium is in foods like leafy green vegetable, unrefined sea salt, and seaweed (Forrest is obsessed with roasted seaweed. Me, not so much.) I won’t bore you with all the details, but if you are interested in hearing more about this apparent morning sickness cure, then head over to this post.
Change your prenatal vitamin
Prenatal vitamins are there to help your developing baby grow healthy and strong and to keep you healthy as well. However, some women get some nausea from taking them, mainly because of the iron in them. Iron is very important during pregnancy but some have higher levels than others. Assuming you aren’t anemic, you could try switching to a prenatal with less iron to help with morning sickness.
This is getting a little out there for me, but I’ve read on several websites that it should help with morning sickness. This is a Yoga move that involves grabbing the tongue using a dry (and clean) cloth, pulling your tongue straight out until it’s very uncomfortable and strained. Hold for 30 seconds. (source)
Brewer’s Yeast is used in breadmaking, winemaking, and beer making and is full of Vitamin B….and it can help with morning sickness as well. While you definitely shouldn’t attempt to get some of it from wine or beer, you can sprinkle a little bit on cereal, in tomato soup, on fruit, or even in tablet form. As I already mentioned, Vitamin B is great for helping with nausea, so it makes sense that Brewer’s Yeast would help as well. Brewer’s Yeast is also believed to help increase breastmilk supply.
Do you like fennel? Because I sure do. It’s one of my favorite ingredients to put in spaghetti. So next time I’m pregnant, I will definitely be loading up our dinners with fennel seeds. It is another Chinese-inspired technique to help get rid of morning sickness. You can chew on them, drink a special tea with it in them, or even cook with them. A lot of people say to just keep a handful with you at all times to chew on once the nausea begins.
I’ve had a few friends that have raved about acupuncture for one reason or another, and it may help with morning sickness. While I wouldn’t consider this for just an occasional bout, if you are really suffering, I think it would be good to look into. This is an interesting article about morning sickness relief with acupuncture.
For more drug-free ways to soothe morning sickness, check out this great video!