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How to Prevent Morning Sickness Without Drugs

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Nausea during the first trimester is very common. The technical term is morning sickness, but nausea can hit any time of the day. I found I got nauseous in the afternoon while I was pregnant, not in the morning. For most people it goes away after the first trimester is over but for others it lasts for the entire pregnancy.

There are a lot of different factors that contribute to morning sickness.

  • It can be a way for your body to naturally detox. If you were exposed to a lot of toxins before becoming pregnant, your body is trying to eliminate them in a hurry, causing lots of liver activity.
  • Nausea can also be linked to the hormone changes that go along with pregnancy including the higher estrogen levels.
  • Morning sickness that actually happens in the morning can be linked to low blood sugar levels that have dropped overnight.
  • The last possible cause of morning sickness is dehydration.

Naturally prevent morning sickness

There is a drug that prevents morning sickness, but as a holistic nutritionist I always like to take a natural approach. The tips below have been very successful in preventing my nausea and nausea my clients were experiencing.

Take supplements

Vitamin B6 has been found to reduce morning sickness. You can take 25mg 3x per day.

Don’t take prenatal vitamins on an empty stomach, take them after meals.

Take 100 mg of magnesium per day.

Turn to ginger

Ginger has long been used to reduce nausea. You can drink herbal ginger tea, suck on a pure ginger root, or if that is too strong try ginger candies. I have a great recipe for homemade ginger chews in my book Healthy Holistic Pregnancy.

Drink tea

Drink medicinal teas like Dandelion root tea to support the liver, chamomile tea for its soothing properties, or mint tea to calm the stomach. Drink anise or fennel seed tea in the morning when you wake up.

Change your sleeping routine

Sleep at least 7 hours a night.

Get out of bed slowly in the morning and avoid any sudden movements.

Change your eating habits

Snack before bed, throughout the night, and before getting out of bed. I liked to keep raw almonds on my bedside table but unsalted crackers or toast can also work.

Eat before you feel hungry. Nausea usually gets worse when your blood sugar levels drop so if you wait until you feel hungry you might also start feeling nauseous.

When you are feeling OK, eat nutrient dense foods that are high in protein, healthy fats, and fibre.

Drink lots of water throughout the day to avoid dehydration, especially if you are throwing up.

Exercise

Moderate exercise and reducing stress levels can be really helpful.

Go for a walk and get some fresh air. Sometimes opening a window can even help.

Try acupuncture

Acupuncture can be really helpful, just make sure you tell your acupuncturist that you are expecting.

This is just a sneak peek at the information I include in my book Healthy Holistic Pregnancy. In the book I cover 27 common pregnancy related discomforts and include lots of tips on how to prevent them naturally. You can find out more on my website JesseLaneWellness.com

Jesse Lane Lee, CNP