Unfortunately, many women experience morning sickness at some point during pregnancy. While some only have to deal with it for the first few months, others find it to be irritating during their entire pregnancy. The name itself is misleading for most women, as nausea may strike at any time or even all day. While there is no cure for morning sickness, there are many home remedies for morning sickness that can be helpful. Home remedies are often a much safer alternative to prescription medications.
Try our home remedies for morning sickness and get rid of pregnancy nausea.
Ginger’s content of gingerols and shogaols aid in settling a stomach, making it an excellent morning sickness home remedy. These phenols work together to calm the stomach down and keep it from lurching violently. Terpenes are also found in ginger and help sickness by stopping serotonin from binding to receptors in the small intestine, which otherwise can induce vomiting.
- Combine 5 drops ginger juice with 1 tbs of honey.
- Consume upon waking.
- Can also be used as tea: put a small pan of water to boil.
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of powdered ginger or a small piece of crushed fresh ginger before the water boils.
- Let the mixture steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Drink whenever needed.
*Warning: Ginger does sometimes make morning sickness worse, and should not be taken for more than four days.
2. Vitamin B-6
Controlled studies suggest using a Vitamin B-6 supplement is one of the most effective home remedies for morning sickness. This natural supplement can be a great starting point for those considering taking medication for their nausea because it is much safer than prescription alternatives. Taking this supplement can significantly reduce nausea associated with morning sickness, but may not help to reduce vomiting. Vitamin B-6 will not harm your baby, but taking more than 100mg a day has the potential to cause temporary damage to the nerves.
- Purchase Vitamin B-6 tablets from a reputable source.
- Take 10-25 MG of the supplement three times a day.
Those who keep their stomach somewhat full seem to experience fewer symptoms of morning sickness. Crackers happen to be an easy, filling snack that is gentle on the stomach making them one of the home remedies for morning sickness. For the first few months of pregnancy, or whenever morning sickness decides to strike, making small meals of crackers can significantly assist in calming the stomach and easing nausea. If you do not like crackers, plain popcorn has the same effects.
- Eat a few crackers before you get out of bed in the morning.
- Eat some crackers before going to sleep at night also.
- Carry whole-wheat crackers in your purse for an easy snack should you feel nauseous during the day.
4. Bael Fruit
Bael juice, which is obtained from the bael fruit, or wood apple, is one of the lesser known home remedies for morning sickness. This is something that should be remedied, however, as Bael hosts a number of medicinal properties valuable to a pregnant woman. Besides settling the stomach and helping to prevent or reduce morning sickness, this herb also helps to prevent constipation, another painful condition common in pregnancy. The bael fruit is nutrient dense, with a high concentration of tannins, phosphorus, calcium, protein, fiber, and iron. If you have not eaten bael fruit before, start out with a small amount to ensure you are not allergic.
- Mix bael fruit with coconut milk for a healthy and delicious drink.
- Make bael tea from dried fruit.
- Add 2-4 tbs of bael juice to cooked rice and consume 2-3 times daily.
Many have found the anesthetic properties of peppermint to be very effective in calming a nauseous stomach. Peppermint is said to word due to various properties within it working to relax the muscles of the intestine by blocking calcium channels. The benefits of peppermint are inconclusive, the number of women who have had success from consuming it makes it worth the shot. Studies done on the safety of peppermint and pregnancy have thus far been inconclusive, however, so consult with your doctor before using any peppermint products, especially peppermint oil during pregnancy.
- Bring one cup of water to a boil.
- Add one tablespoon of fresh peppermint leaves.
- Steep for 10 minutes, then strain.
- Sweeten with honey if you wish.
Cheese and other protein-dense foods help your body to maintain and regulate its glucose levels. Eating a lot of cheese is one of the home remedies for morning sickness that regulates glucose, keeping your stomach settled, as well as fills any cravings you may have for carbohydrates. Softer cheeses, such as Brie, need to be avoided when pregnant, however, all hard cheeses are perfectly safe. Cottage cheese is also an acceptable snack when pregnant. Cheese is another food that is easy on the stomach and is a good option if you are having trouble eating other foods.
- Add cheese to other foods you are eating, such as salads.
- Buy snack sized portions of cheese to keep easily accessible for a convenient snack.
7. Curry Leaves
Curry leaves have been utilized throughout history for their medicinal benefits. The leaves are high in many beneficial vitamins and minerals, including calcium, vitamin C, iron, phosphorous and nicotinic acid. While the herb has been used to treat such things as cancer and diabetes, it also helps those suffering from nausea because of its effectiveness in aiding healthy digestion. When combined with buttermilk, curry leaves can also strengthen your stomach. Curry leaves are perfectly safe for both you and your growing baby. While their taste can be a little bitter, this is a great remedy from the home remedies for morning sickness list, and it is a much safer option for those suffering the effects of morning sickness than its prescription alternatives.
- Crush curry leaves and mix them with buttermilk.
- Squeeze juice from the leaves and mix with a combination of honey and lemon juice.
- Use either or both of these remedies up to two times daily.
Apples are high in fiber, which is helpful in cleansing your body of chemicals that contribute to nausea. Go easy on the fiber-rich foods, however, as a little bit will go a long way. The fiber that is found in fruits like apples is called xylooligosaccharides (XOS), which is particularly effective at feeding the healthy bacteria present in the gut. When this healthy bacteria is healthy and strong, digestion works better leading to less nausea and constipation. If you are having a lot of trouble keeping foods down, opt for softer versions like apple sauce or apple juice.
- Purchase sweet, organic apples.
- Have handy apple “on the go” pouches.
- Eat an apple whenever you are feeling nauseous.
9. Fennel Seeds
It is a common practice in many cultures to chew on the licorice flavored seeds of a fennel plant after a meal to assist in digestion. Doing this when experiencing morning sickness will help calm the stomach and relieve you of nausea. Fennel seeds also work to increase digestive juices and reduce any inflammation in the stomach. This will help you better absorb the nutrients from the foods you are able to keep down, and will also help you to avoid getting constipated. Fennel is safe in moderate doses, but its ability to kill bacteria can be too much of a good thing if consumed excessively.
- Chew a teaspoon of fennel seeds after each meal.
- Alternatively, boil one cup hot water.
- Add 1 teaspoon fennel seeds.
- Steep for a few minutes.
- Strain seeds from the water.
- Add lemon and honey for taste, if you wish.
The last thing you want to hear when you are dealing with nausea associated with morning sickness is that you should drink more water. However, being dehydrated can substantially increase nausea. If you know you are not drinking adequate amounts of water (8 glasses a day) and are experiencing the symptoms of morning sickness, do what you can to power through and increase your water levels. Staying well hydrated is crucial for pregnant women.
- Try to challenge yourself to drink eight glasses of water a day.
- Increase your consumption of water dense fruits, such as watermelon.
- Add flavors to your water if you wish, and drink it as cold as possible to aid with taste.
11. Potato Chips
Maybe the most delicious, but least nutritious of the home remedies for morning sickness is eating potato chips. Unfortunately, this remedy does not give you full license to eat as many potato chips as you would like, just a few should suffice. Potato chips help to alleviate morning sickness nausea because of their salt content. An over-production of saliva can lead to stomachs feeling queasy. The salt on the potato chips will help to absorb some of that saliva, and the chips themselves provide your stomach with some sustenance which also helps relieve symptoms. Fat-free varieties of potato chips are a great alternative for those who are concerned about the healthiness of the snack.
- Keep a bag of healthy potato chips handy to snack on.
- Have small baggies of chips in your purse, car, or desk at work to help with spontaneous nausea.
Lemon is beneficial when combatting nausea due to morning sickness either taken internally or in aromatherapy. Whether you are diffusing it in your home, drinking it in water or eating an entire piece of fruit, lemon is very good at easing an upset stomach. The only side effect to lemon is that it is very corrosive, so be sure to swish your teeth with water after consumption. Lemon is also a great home remedy for nausea relief for adults and children as well.
- Eat lemons in wedges.
- Flavor your water or tea with lemon juice.
- Diffuse lemon in your home.
- Suck on lemon flavored candies.
- Put lemon on a handkerchief and smell it when you are feeling nauseous.
This list is an excellent starting point for discovering which of the home remedies for morning sickness work best for you. The great part is many can be used in combination for maximum success. Have you tried any of these remedies? Tell us about your experience in the comments section bellow.