There is nothing quite as wonderful as feeling your body prepare to bring a new life into this world. But, unfortunately, sometimes having a bun in the oven puts quite a burden on your body and you may suffer from morning sickness.
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But don’t worry, you don’t have to put up with it as there are many remedies that you can use to combat morning sickness. From natural herbal concoctions to pregnancy acupuncture Melbourne, moms-to-be have options when it comes to morning sickness remedies.
The very first morning sickness remedy we’re going to share with you is the simplest: avoidance. For some women, morning sickness is triggered by certain foods, smells or textures. So, the easiest thing to do in such instances is to simply avoid those triggers. Trust us, you’ll figure out what they are naturally.
While it varies from woman to woman, here are some of the most common foods that trigger morning sickness:
- Spicy foods
- Acidic fruits
- Odorous foods
If you’re one of the lucky ones, simply avoiding the foods that make you feel bad will put an end to your morning sickness struggle. However, not everyone is as lucky and many expectant women battle chronic morning sickness that isn’t triggered by anything specific. Those women should keep reading!
Is there anything ginger can’t help with? This root is deeply rooted in Chinese traditional medicine and its active compound 6-gingerol is well known around the world for its ability to relax gastrointestinal muscles. While ingesting the root raw is the most effective way to consume ginger, many women aren’t attracted to the idea of chomping on a raw ginger root.
But fret not because there are many other ways to take advantage of ginger. You can brew a pot of ginger tea, grate raw ginger into a smoothie, purchase ginger pills or ginger-infused lollipops. Most of the time anything that is ginger-flavored will do the trick.
On top of its morning sickness alleviating properties, ginger boasts an assortment of proven health benefits. It can also reduce muscle pain, general soreness, lessen the effects of osteoarthritis, lower blood sugar, treat indigestion and lower cholesterol levels.
3. Pregnancy Acupuncture
Acupuncture and acupressure are extremely effective in treating nausea, so it’s no wonder why so many pregnant ladies turn to this unconventional morning sickness remedy. Nausea-busting properties aside, acupuncture is said to help with other common pregnancy symptoms including constipation, heartburn, swelling in the legs, sciatica, and more.
When it comes to pregnancy acupuncture Melbourne has many practices that provide this service so there are a number of factors to consider before opting for one practice or another. A good acupuncturist:
- Is fully trained to practice Oriental medicine
- Has an active license
- Has been a practicing acupuncturist for years
- Can provide referrals
Another natural remedy that has worked its way onto this list is the humble peppermint plant. Much like ginger, peppermint has many properties that help soothe stomachs. Peppermint is a fantastically versatile morning sickness remedy as it can work its magic in whichever way is most convenient for you.
If you enjoy the taste of peppermint you can simply chew on fresh mint leaves, add it to a glass of water, throw some leaves into a teapot, or munch down on peppermint-flavored chewing gum. The beauty of peppermint is that if your morning sickness does play up and you end up vomiting, at least you’ll feel better AND smell fresh after.
If you’re not a fan of the taste of peppermint, all hope is not lost. You can simply carry a handful of peppermint leaves around with you and crush them to release their scent when nausea strikes. You could also consider:
- Peppermint scented candles
- Peppermint essential oils
- Peppermint flavored mouthwash
- Peppermint hand or body lotion
- Peppermint face wipes
5. Medicine as a Last Resort
Of course, not everyone wants to be poked and prodded with needles nor do they like the thought of ingesting flavourful herbs or spices. These women are encouraged to talk to their pharmacist to find out about OTC medications like Unisom, Benadryl, and Emetrol.
For some women, their morning sickness is so severe that natural remedies just don’t cut it and the health of their pregnancy is at risk. Severe morning sickness is known as hyperemesis gravidarum, a term that means excessive vomiting during pregnancy, and it is dangerous to leave it untreated.
Thankfully, only 0.5 to 2% of pregnant women will experience hyperemesis gravidarum. A combination of doxylamine and pyridoxine is usually used to treat it.
Even if you yourself aren’t suffering from morning sickness but are one of the lucky ones whose partners experience sympathy symptoms, knowing these remedies is bound to come in handy. You’ll thank us at some point or another during the next nine months.
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