How to get rid of your morning sickness with natural remedies
Approximately 50% of all pregnant women suffer from some form of “morning sickness”, the worst stage usually being between 7 and 12 weeks, but it can continue past 16 weeks in some cases. This is thought to be due to hormone levels of progesterone, oestrogen and hCG (human Chorionic Gonadotropin) which all influence the gut. Brain stem responses to hormones can also contribute to nausea, as can fatigue, stress and emotional factors.
There are many morning sickness remedies. The usual conventional treatment for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is reassurance that it is usually temporary and anti-emetic medication considered to be safe, such as Maxalon and admission to hospital for intravenous fluids if you become too dehydrated.
The reality is that there is no “normal” when it comes to “morning sickness” – women’s experiences vary as much as they do with labour.
Austin Therapies Natural Health Clinic Brisbane provide natural morning sickness remedies which offer a real alternative to simply just “putting up with” the nausea and vomiting. Acupuncture is drug-free which makes it very safe and in the majority of cases offers a dramatic improvement, putting you back in control of your health. However, the nausea is likely to return if you overstep your body’s limits. This could be through eating inappropriate foods, skipping regular meals or snacks, staying up late, etc.
Other morning sickness cures may also be of benefit:
- Having small regular snacks (every one to two hours) helps to keep the blood sugar levels stable and avoids that empty hungry feeling. These can be in the form of a few raisins and nuts – almonds are good, a sandwich or a piece of fruit. Sugary foods need to be avoided as they will quickly elevate blood sugar levels then drop them down just as quickly, upsetting the digestion. Concentrate on consuming slow release carbohydrates, such as fruit, baked potato, pasta and rice. It may also help to have a snack high in protein just before bed, such as – nuts or yoghurt and a carbohydrate snack first thing in the morning, such as toast or crackers.
- It is essential to avoid dehydration. Soups are an excellent way to provide both fluid and nourishment, taken in small amounts regularly. Potato soup as it’s very bland or won ton soup, vegetable soup or chicken broth are all excellent options. Herbal teas such as – ginger (not more than three per day) or peppermint can be very beneficial as well.
- Rest is also an essential ingredient. Try to organise some down time at the time of day when your nausea tends to be at its worst. Start work a little later or arrange some extra child care for a few weeks.
For more information please call Austin Therapies on 0421 411 508 to discuss how we can help you.