So you’re pregnant. Congratulations! You probably found out because you were wondering when does the morning sickness start and went from there.
And you do feel the morning sickness. But all the time. Not just the mornings but all the time.
Let us be the first to assure you- the nausea is not all bad. Its an indication that your baby is growing well because your pregnancy hormones are high. But you need to make sure that you are eating and drinking well even if you may not feel like it.
With food the best thing to do is eat little, often, and simple! Dont worry about eating a balanced diet as much as just eating something. If all you can manage is apples and toast, its better than nothing. Low blood sugar levels will just make your nausea worse. Make sure your drinking plenty of fluids. Remember- if you don’t eat anything your sickness will just get worse.
So heres some natural remedies. These are researched, then tried and tested by members of our team and friends and family. Feel free to feed back to us as to whether it worked for you or not
Anything ginger related is a great way to kerb your sickness. The two most effective ones that we found were:
Crystallised ginger- you can find this in all major supermarkets, or fruit and nut stands that you see in the middle of the mall!
Honey lemon and ginger drink- This one worked wonders! It hydrates, soothes, and alleviates sickness in one go! Get a large pot of water and add sliced lemons and sliced ginger. Simmer, dont boil. Boiling expels all of the nutrients from the water. Simmer for well over an hour, and for as long as you would like. Pour the water into your cup, and add honey to taste. I used to drink a couple of mugs worth, then simply add more water to the pot and re-boil, and voila! Another batch!
2. Sea Bands
As you may have figured out, sea bands are designed for motion sickness. They have a small amount of plastic that applies pressure to the inside of the wrists. Since it is non medicinal, you can wear these all day to combat sickness.
Cheap, easy to take around with you, simple. Keep some on your bedside table, so if you feel ill as soon as you wake up in the morning they are there to nibble on as soon as you wake up. Its usually best to do this before you get up to stop the sickness getting even worse. (You can even have a little nibble during your many nightly loo breaks!)
Dehydration can also be a cause of nausea, and this will keep you hydrated. Also make sure you drink your 8 glasses of water!
This contains anaesthetic properties which helps to reduce queasiness. Crush one tablespoons worth of fennel seeds. Place in a cup with boiling water. Cover and let steep for ten minutes.
6. Peppermint tea
It can have a soothing effect on the stomach and is therefore considered excellent
7. Vitamin B6 and B12
The amount you will need to take to ease nausea cannot be consumed through food so you will need to take supplements. The dose commonly recommended is 10 to 25 mg, three times a day.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar / Honey
Supposedly, drinking apple cider vinegar or honey mixed with water before every meal can help avoid nausea. Apple cider vinegar aids the metabolism of food and honey contains enzymes that help stimulate digestion.
9. Protein and Cholestrol
If you’re anything like some of our ladies here, nausea may lead to a total ban of meat. However, the body still needs cholesterol for fetal development. If thats the case, why not try meat slices instead? In a salad or a sandwich perhaps. This way you don’t have to smell it, and if theres plenty of other ingredients, you barely have to taste it. It may not be much but its better than nothing! But fret not ladies, if you still cannot stomach the sight of it, then your body has a workaround – It can instead create cholesterol from carbs, which is why you may instead crave breads and chips instead!
Severe Morning Sickness
If your sickness is so debilitating that you cannot function, then it could be that you have hyperemisis gravidarum. If this is the case, please see your GP.
Is there anything else you can think of? Anything that helped you that we can add for the rest of our poorly mums? If so let us know!