Morning sickness is a very common concern among pregnant women.  It typically occurs during the first trimester of pregnancy, although for some women it can linger on.  Given that it is a natural process, not much is known to prevent the phenomenon.

The most common treatments are natural and home remedies.  Here are a few that are typically effective in providing some relief:

  1. Eating ginger in varying forms is a well-known remedy. Tea, fresh ginger, and ginger chews can all be helpful.  There are even ginger flavored “Preggie Pop” popsicles now available at local grocery and drug stores.
  1. Acupuncture and acupressure can also be helpful. There are sea wrist bands that can be purchased to help continually apply acupressure to the wrists.
  1. Avoiding greasy, spicy and fatty foods can take some of the burden off of the digestive system, as can chewing food well.
  1. Often during pregnancy, certain smells will trigger nausea. Avoiding these triggers can obviously be helpful.
  1. Taking prenatal vitamins at night and with a good amount of food in the belly can help to reduce any nausea that is related to those who have gut sensitivity to the B vitamins in prenatals. Vitamin B6 has been shown to reduce nausea of pregnancy.
  1. Snacking often and staying well hydrated can also help to alleviate the symptoms of nausea. Eating crackers first thing in the morning and generally keeping the stomach not too full and not too empty with food and water can be helpful.

In rare cases, some women will experience severe nausea during pregnancy.  This is known as hyperemesis gravidarum.  If this is a concern, please seek medical attention.

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