Last Updated on November 22, 2020 by MaKenna | MamaKenna
One of the most common and worst pregnancy symptoms is morning sickness.
Morning sickness is when you feel nauseated with or without puking.
This is often one of the first signs that you’re pregnant!
Though with the name “morning” sickness, you’d probably assume it only occurs in the morning.
But the fact is it can happen ANYTIME of the day!
Many women experience morning sickness on and off throughout the day.
This is definitely a first-trimester symptom you’ll want to try to tame as much as you can because it can get pretty ruff.
Now they do have medications that are supposed to help with morning sickness but some women prefer not to use them as they often have unwanted side-effects.
Here though you’ll find some of the best natural morning sickness remedies for when you’re pregnant!
You can check them out below!
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Natural Morning Sickness Remedies
Lemons were one of my go-to’s for both of my pregnancies.
I don’t know why but this sour fresh fruit really helps with easing nausea.
You can try smelling a fresh lemon or the essential oil.
You can also drink lemon water or lemonade. Which is what I did the majority of the time I had morning sickness.
Ginger is a very common way to fight off nausea.
You could use fresh ginger or buy a premade drink like ginger ale or ginger tea.
They also have ginger-laced candies like hard candies and gummies that you could try as well.
Eating bland foods that are light and contain more protein maybe your best friend right now.
Foods like crackers, nuts, trail mix, cheese, toast, and Jell-O may help keep nausea at bay while you’re trying to keep from an empty belly.
But I would recommend staying away from spicy and fatty foods as they are known to make nausea worst.
I remember I felt extremely sick with my first pregnancy.
I felt like I couldn’t eat ANYTHING.
But for some reason, a popsicle actually sounded good.
And believe or not having that popsicle actually made me feel a little bit better!
I would always go for the fruity popsicles instead of the fudge ones.
Take Food with Your Prenatal Vitamins
Did you know that taking prenatals without food could make you sick?
Yeah, I didn’t either until shortly after taking one…
Won’t be making that mistake again!
So when you’re taking prenatal vitamins ALWAYS take them with food!
Frequent Small Snacks
I know eating is probably the last thing on your mind right now but you wanna be sure you’re still eating something.
Having an empty stomach can actually make you feel MORE sick and nauseated.
So be sure to have frequent small snacks throughout the day.
Trust me it really does help!
Vitamin B6 has been said to reduce nausea in pregnant women.
This is generally considered safe to take but I’d be sure to ask your doctor first.
I would also ask your health care provider their recommendation on what to take daily.
Smelling peppermint may help fight off nausea.
You can smell peppermint oil when you start to feel sick or perhaps put it in a diffuser and have it run throughout the day.
In this study here about peppermint aromatherapy, it was able to reduce nausea in 57% of the cases.
Being dehydrated can actually worsen nausea.
So be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day!
It may also help to drink water before and after meals.
Sipping on water, eating ice chips, and taking an electrolyte drink is a good idea if you’re experiencing vomiting too.
Smoothies are fresh, cold, light, and delicious! Plus you can sip on it with a straw!
I use to sip on these with a straw when I had morning sickness and I would always feel slightly better for a while afterward.
Avoid Strong Smells
Strong odors always made me nauseated when I was pregnant.
So I always tried to avoid strong smells like scented candles, certain essential oils, and perfumes.
Even though you may not be able to avoid them everywhere (at the store or someone else’s house) just stop using them at home until your morning sickness starts to ease up a bit.
Or if you’re like me you won’t be able to use them your entire pregnancy cause even with the morning sickness gone it’ll still make you feel sick!
Stay Away from Trigger Foods
I know this is probably an obvious one and I’m sure you’re trying to the best you possibly can.
But any food that sounds, smells, or even looks disgusting, just stay away from it!
Aromatherapy may help reduce nausea.
Some different oils to try are lemon, peppermint, mint, and orange.
Though if you do decide to do a diffuser you should place a few drops of the essential oil on a cotton ball and place it under your nose first.
That way if the smell ends up making you nauseated you can quickly get rid of it.
And make sure any essential oil you use is a 100% pure grade oil.
Acupressure is when you apply pressure to pressure points whereas acupuncture is where a licensed acupuncturist will apply needles to certain points on the body.
Some women have had success with these Eastern medicines treating their morning sickness.
You can see a licensed specialist in your area or they also have special bracelets called sea-bands like these here, that will put pressure on a certain nerve in your wrist.
Hypnosis is another natural and safe remedy some women do to help relieve some of the nausea that comes with morning sickness.
The objective of hypnotherapy is to refocus your negative thoughts and feelings about food and the smell of it. It will then provide you with positive suggestions to help change your trigger response which would be the nausea and vomiting.
Some women have found that exercising can help reduce symptoms of morning sickness.
Even a short walk may help!
Mild exercises like walking, yoga, and swimming are generally considered safe for pregnant women.
Take it Easy
Take it slow and easy Momma.
So when you get up from laying down or sitting don’t just spring up. Take your time.
Sometimes even eating a little snack before you get out of bed in the morning can help too.
And rest as much as you can.
If it’s getting pretty hard for you, ask a family member or friend to help with some of the household duties or with the kids (if you have any other kids anyway).
What causes morning sickness?
Normally the most common causes of morning sickness are the increased hormones during the beginning weeks of pregnancy and reduced blood sugar.
Other things that can cause and make morning sickness worst are stress, having twins or triplets, and fatigue.
What weeks is morning sickness the worst?
Normally between 6-12 weeks is the worse part of it.
Though they typically say it’ll be at its peak at about 9 weeks.
But it should start to ease up sometime after you enter the second trimester.
Though it’s different for everyone.
For me, even my pregnancies were different!
With my first, it was at its worst between weeks 5-8 weeks and then it became mild until it was completely gone before I even hit the second trimester.
My second pregnancy though was very different and my morning sickness was pretty bad at 6 weeks and didn’t start to ease up a couple of weeks into my second trimester!
Is it normal to feel sick all day pregnant?
Remember even though it’s called morning sickness it doesn’t just occur in the morning. It can happen at any time of the day!
It’s normal for nausea to be off and on but unfortunately, it’s very common for pregnant women to experience morning sickness either most or even all day as well.
I know you may not feel fine but thankfully mild morning sickness isn’t harmful to the baby or you.
Can morning sickness last through the entire pregnancy?
Typically morning sickness starts to ease up during the second trimester and you will start you feel better at around 20 weeks.
But it is possible for morning sickness to last throughout the entire pregnancy. Though this only happens with some pregnancies.
Normally these symptoms will be less server as you get further into your pregnancy.
But it is recommended that if you’re experiencing morning sickness into your 4th month of pregnancy, you should contact your health care provider.
When You Should See a Doctor
Some women end up having server morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum.
With hyperemesis gravidarum, you’ll have persistent nausea and vomiting which can end up leading to dehydration, weight loss, and electrolyte imbalances.
At times this can result in server dehydration and will require medical attention.
You should see your doctor or go to the hospital if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Failure to keep down any food or drinks for more than 12 hours
- A decrease in urine or no urine at all
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- Vomiting multiple times in a day (especially if there’s blood or brown color in the vomit)
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Weight loss of more than 5 pounds
- Your heart is beating faster than normal
Morning sickness sucks and it’s hard.
Unfortunately, though there’s nothing that will completely stop or get rid of morning sickness.
But hopefully, these natural morning sickness remedies will help lessen the symptoms and give you some relief!
I know it feels like forever and that it will never end but it does!
And always let your doctor know what’s going on especially if it’s getting server.
Having server morning sickness like hyperemesis gravidarum requires treatment and sometimes even medical attention.
(Please keep in mind that I am NOT a doctor, nurse, or any other kind of medical professional. I am only a Mom going off of my own research and experiences. You can read my full disclaimer policy here.)
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