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Morning Sickness

Many women experience some degree of nausea during early pregnancy. Some have symptoms only when they wake in the morning (thus the term "morning sickness"), but others suffer all day long. Fortunately the symptoms usually disappear by the end of the first trimester. But when you're suffering from a bad case of nausea, two months can seem a lifetime to wait for relief.

Severe nausea and vomiting, by the way, should not be ignored. If you can't keep any food down for more than three days see your physician.

Three simple remedies can help the nausea of pregnancy.

The first thing to try and the approach that's helped many of my patients is taking vitamin B6 supplements. Many recent studies have shown that B6 has been effective in relieving nausea and vomiting in the early states of pregnancy. Please note that B6 can affect nursing, so don't take it after the first three months of pregnancy.

Another approach that works for many women is taking ginger root, or ginger supplements. People have long relied on ginger ale for upset stomachs; it's also useful for seasickness. It's easily available at most health health food stores. Also, dried ginger is very useful. Most health food stores carry that also.

There are a few things you can do in relation to diet that can give you relief:

1. Avoid greasy foods. They're hard to digest and can cause digestive upset. 2. Try to keep your stomach full, an empty stomach in the morning and late afternoon can make symptoms worse. Have frequent protein snacks in the morning and before you go to bed.

3. Keep a box of Saltines by your bed for a snack in the morning before you get up.

4. Remember to take your pre-natal vitamins.

Natural Prescriptions For Morning Sickness

  1. Avoid greasy foods
  2. Have frequent protein snacks.
  3. Keep your stomach full.
  4. Apply pressure to the acupressure points on the wrist.  Measure three finger-widths up the inside of the wrist from the crease and press for several minutes.
  5. Get ginger capsules or buy dried ginger and eat a bit throughout the day. 
  6. Get info on Good Morning Mama Granules - For healthy digestive during pregnancy, especially nausea and vomiting.

When in doubt of any advice, check with your obstetrician, midwife, or health care provider.


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