Morning Sickness Remedies

Oh, morning sickness. Most pregnant women experience some level of it during the first trimester, with some women experiencing it through their entire pregnancy. 

If you’re currently experiencing it, here are some ways to ease your troubled tummy:

-Eat less more often. Skipping meals is tempting, but it won’t help and may make your nausea worse. Large meals may also trigger your sickness, so focusing on smaller meals more often will help keep your digestion going while not overwhelming your more sensitive stomach. As for what to eat, spicy foods, sweets, and fatty foods may make you feel worse; blander foods will help soothe. 

-Eat lots of ginger and peppermint. You can take supplements, sip tea, and use fresh ginger and mint in cooking. While you can buy ginger or peppermint tea at the grocery store, a cheaper and sometimes more potent home remedy is to simply add fresh mint leaves and/or ginger root to water. You can boil and sip it hot, or simply add them to room temperature water and let them steep. 

-Inhaling peppermint essential oil can also help alleviate nausea, although you may prefer to put a drop or two on a cotton ball to inhale since occasionally any strong scent can make nausea worse.

-Red raspberry leaf tea is another great home remedy for morning sickness.

-Gentle movement will help settle your stomach, counterintuitive as that may seem, even a 15-minute walk around the block.

-Don’t take any vitamins or supplements on an empty stomach, especially anything containing iron. Adding a little vitamin B6 may help, though check the amount against your prenatal vitamins to make sure you’re not exceeding the recommended daily dose.

What are some ways you’ve eased morning sickness?