Kick Morning Sickness In The Arse! Natural Solutions To Help You Feel Better
Kick Morning Sickness' Arse!
You've found out your pregnant and now you feel like crap. You've spoken to your doctor about your nausea and (s)he says no problem, I have a drug that will help with that. Being the naturalist you are, you refused the pharmaceutical and now you are looking for a more holistic and natural solution so you can feel better once again.
You've come to the right place my dear. This is an everything you need to know guide about our fun little first trimester friend, morning sickness!
My Morning Sickness Story
I was very sick during my first trimester. In fact, nausea was how I knew I was pregnant. I would open the fridge and the smells wafting out made me want to hurl.
I actually made Mr. B take everything out of the fridge, clean it, put it all back, and add baking soda trays to help with the smells!
I couldn't cook, just the thought of cooking food made me ill. Pretty much all I could eat was fresh raw fruits and vegetables. I ate plenty of them and often.
Of course I had to be sick at Christmas, the one time of year we are allowed to gorge on food. For the most part I couldn't enjoy any of my meals. There would be certain foods on my plate I could stomach, so I ate as much as I could. I would leave the rest.
Which translates to, eating 10 perogies with sour cream and a plate full of vegetables at our Christmas Eve dinner :-)
I lost 10 pounds in my first trimester because I was so sick. My doctor assured me though, it is normal for some women to lose weight. As long as I started to put on weight in the second trimester it would be fine.
All Is Not Lost
Long story short, my second trimester came and slowly my aversion to food faded away into the background. Now I have a problem of eating too much food, which is a whole other story!
What Causes Morning Sickness?
About 50% of women experience morning sickness during their first trimester. We call it morning sickness, but the nausea can occur at any time during the day. The nausea and vomiting is linked to hormonal changes within the body, but science doesn't yet understand why some women experience morning sickness where others do not.
There is also a theory that morning sickness is our bodies way of defending our growing baby from ingested toxins. So as the theory goes, a women will experience morning sickness and nausea when exposed to foods that contain toxins that could harm her baby, but normally wouldn't harm her.
Manage Morning Sickness/Nausea Naturally
Don't worry there is a whole host of ways to help with morning sickness. Not all of these recommendations will work for everyone, but give them a try and when you find one that works, stick with it!
- Morning sickness is a way your body tells you what to eat, and what not to eat, so follow it's advice.
- If you can't stomach chicken but love the smell of steak, well then eat the steak and avoid the chicken.
- B-vitamins help to lessen morning sickness so start your day with a breakfast high in b-vitamin rich foods.
- B-vitamin Rich Foods Include: Whole grains like millet, quinoa, oats, wheat germ, and brown rice.
- Eat small meals throughout the day
- When feeling ill it will be easier to eat small meals rather than forcing yourself to eat big feasts
- Having food in your stomach consistently will help to ebb the nausea
- Eat many leafy greens
- Leafy greens are high in b-vitamins as well as vitamin K both of which help prevent nausea
- Kale, swiss chard, spinach, parsley, collard greens, romaine lettuce, basil, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, celery, green beans, and asparagus are all great options
- Ginger! Eat it however and whenever you can
- Ginger is known to help with all types of nausea including morning sickness
- Try to have something ginger based at least 3 times throughout the day
- Ginger chews, ginger tea, or simply chewing on a piece of ginger is helpful
- If you can't stomach eating ginger straight up, there are ginger capsules you can purchase at the health food store.
- Drink a glass of lemon or lime water every morning
- Citrus will help to settle the stomach and also provide you with vitamin C
- Simply squeeze 1/2 a lemon or lime in a glass of water and enjoy
- If you can handle it, consume plenty of high quality fats
- Fats are so important for little baby's health and will also help you avoid low blood sugar levels, effectively relieving morning sickness
- Don't eat high fat meals all at once, space your fat intake throughout the day
- Healthy fats include: organic animal proteins, free range eggs, cold pressed coconut oil, cold pressed nut/seed oils, organic butter, raw organic nuts/seeds, and raw organic nut/seed butters or milks
- Sip on bone broths with added coconut milk or cream between meals
- This little concoction will help ensure your growing little baby is getting appropriate nutrients for fetal development and will also help you manage nausea
- Kick it up a notch by adding slices of ginger to the broth
- Stay hydrated, especially if you've been vomiting often
- Drink plenty of good quality water
- Sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon/lime juice and a pinch of sea salt will help boost electrolytes and quench your thirst
- Bone broths are also a great option to stay hydrated and easily introduce some extra nutrients to the diet
- Ginger or lemon teas are another good option to remain hydrated and manage morning sickness
- Eat a diet high in magnesium
- Women have reported magnesium has helped with symptoms of nausea
- Most people are magnesium deficient so it never hurts to add more magnesium containing foods to the diet
- Magnesium containing foods include: swiss chard, spinach, summer squash, raw organic pumpkin seeds, broccoli, basil, cucumbers, flaxseeds, green beans, celery, collard greens, kale, and ginger
- Acupuncture & acupressure have been shown to be very beneficial in the treatment of morning sickness
- Having a magnesium salt bath (epsom salts) may help with symptoms of nausea
- Don't sit or stand up too quickly, take it slow
- Leave plenty of time for sleep, sometimes the best remedy is to sleep it off
Supplements should always be a last resort. If you've tried making dietary and lifestyle changes and still do not feel well, then and only then should you consider supplementation.
- Ginger Root Capsules
- Take 300mg three times per day
- Vitamin B6
- Take 25mg three times daily
- If this doesn't work your doctor may recommend B6 injections
- Vitamin K
- Take 5 mg daily
- Again if this doesn't work your doctor may recommend vitamin K injections
- Take 400mg daily as soon as you wake up
- Take 1,000mg daily
- Shown to be effective in preventing nausea
Before adding any supplements to your diet, please ensure you seek the guidance of your health care practitioner.
Caution About Morning Sickness
Severe long term nausea that makes eating difficult is not normal. If vomiting and nausea continue into the twelfth or thirteenth week of pregnancy you may have a serious problem and should consult with your health care practitioner.
Caution About Anti-Nausea Drugs
In many cases your doctor will prescribe anti-nausea medication to lessen nausea. As a caution you should never take Zofran or promethazine which have some known effects on the developing fetus and sever side effects for pregnant moms. Avoiding over the counter anti nausea medications would also be wise.
In the past doctors warned women to never take pharmaceutical medication during pregnancy. Today however, most doctors are going to prescribe medication at some point during pregnancy. Unless myself or my unborn fetus are in serious danger, I have chosen to ignore or refuse these recommendations, even if the drug has been FDA approved for pregnancy. It is just too risky.
That being said it is important to discuss the reason for medication with your doctor if it comes up. Ensure you are aware of all the risks involved when taking the medication or if you refuse the medication. Only then can you can make an informed decision.
If I can get through the first trimester, so can you. Just take it one day at a time, do your best to eat as well as you can, and stay hydrated. Morning sickness is only temporary and the glorious second trimester is just around the corner!
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Love and Happiness,
Krystal Bernier, Holistic Nutritionist