Are you pregnant and going through nausea and vomiting? Are you wondering if your nausea is normal? Here are some tips that will help you get through this phase of normal pregnancy without running into more serious problems.
First of all, why does pregnancy cause many women to have nausea and vomiting?
Your hormones change during pregnancy. This can make you more sensitive to odors, to motion (in cars, buses, or planes), and even to thoughts of certain foods. You might also be sensitive to low blood sugar which could make you feel hungry. It's a good idea to carry plain crackers or trail mix with you to snack on.
Here are some natural ways to fight nausea and vomiting during pregnancy:
1. Sleep as much as possible. The more you sleep, the less you will actually vomit. Get up from bed slowly.
2. Separate the liquids you drink from solid food. Eat small and frequent meals, drinking at another time; this reduces the nausea response.
3. Eat before getting out of bed (crackers are good), and in the middle of the night, if needed.
4. There are numerous remedies women have reported as being helpful:
- small pieces of dried papaya or crystallized ginger
- ginger tea
- sucking on lemons
- sea bands (they put pressure on the acupressure point for nausea that is on the inner wrist about an inch below the base of the palm of your hand)
- sipping on a thick drink between meals, like apricot nectar or a smoothie
- vitamin B6 lollipops or regular lollipops
- visual imagery of sitting on solid rock in the warm sun.
Be sure to call your midwife or doctor if you are unable to keep down anything for longer than 24 hours.