This one’s for the beautiful mamas out there!
You find out you’re pregnant and it’s such a joyful, happy period…that is until the morning sickness kicks in. Your thoughts are…oh no, what do I do…this totally sucks right?
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About 90% of women suffer from morning sickness.
It affects women in different ways but a small percentage of women don’t even experience it at all and go on to have a blissful pregnancy.
Some of my family and friends who have gone through pregnancy say they either had it with their first and not second or vice versa, some have it the first three months of pregnancy, later during pregnancy or some throughout the entire pregnancy – which begs the question – why does it have to happen?
What is morning sickness?
Morning sickness is basically vomiting and nausea during pregnancy.
It is caused by hormonal changes, vitamin deficiency, low blood sugar, strong smells, lack of exercise, fatigue, stress, and anxiety.
Apparently, it’s more common with the first child if it’s a girl but I’m sure there will be quite a few women who may not agree with that but then again we’re all different.
I’ve had quite a few women ask me what natural remedies they can use to help them get through the sickness phase. The thing is to try a few different remedies to find out what would work for you…I know, that’s easier said than done but it’s worth giving it a go rather than suffering through it.
Here are a few of my natural remedies for morning sickness:
1. Trigger smells: figure out what smells trigger you off and try to stay way from them.
2. Ginger root: grate ginger root and add some hot/warm water to drink as tea or if you can chew on a slice. Ginger has long be known and used as an effective remedy for morning sickness for years.
The root of this plant contains enzymes called gingerols and shagaols that relax the intestinal tract, relieving nausea and vomiting.
4. Eating dry foods: whole wheat crackers and plain popcorn will surely help
5. Fruits and vegetables: they contain high amounts of water and nutrients that will help ease nausea so load up on these especially in the form of juices and smoothies. More veggies than fruits though in order to keep the blood sugar levels balanced
6. Water: pregnant women need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to reduce dehydration, which can cause nausea. So always have a bottle of fresh filtered water to keep yourself hydrated all through
7. Fennel seed: a nausea remedy from Chinese folk medicine. As with mint, fennel seed contains enzymes that may reduce nausea. Crush 1-tablespoon fennel seeds into a coffee grinder. Place the crushed seeds in a cup and fill with boiling water. Cover and let steep for ten minutes. Drink the tea in sips to treat nausea.
8. Increase your intake of B-complex, zinc and iron: preferably from food sources like leafy greens and brewer’s yeast. Check with your doctor before taking any supplements.
9. Enzymes in mint: work to minimize nausea by reducing the stomach’s gag reflex.
Make a cup of mint tea any time you feel a wave of nausea about start. Place 1 tablespoon mint leaves in a 1-pint jar of boiling water. Let stand 20 to 30 minutes, shaking occasionally. Strain and sip as needed.
11. Try to rest and take naps: do this whenever you can to help your body relax and balance hormones
12. Have an Epsom salt bath: both relax and boost your magnesium levels to help balance hormones – the higher the estrogen and progesterone levels in the body, the lower the magnesium levels
13. Get a massage: to help reduce stress and relax the body, it’s always a good idea to pamper yourself now and again!
Changes in your body
One or two of these remedies should help you through the first trimester morning sickness.
Remember your body is going through some changes that are new and maybe foreign if it’s your first pregnancy which is why you’re having the sickness and it’s temporary.
You’ll eventually get through to that phase where you’ll start to enjoy your pregnancy as long as you cut out processed foods and sugar, and fill your body up with clean nutritious foods, exercise and pamper yourself throughout!
Peace and fabulous health!
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