For many women, morning sickness is one of the first pregnancy symptoms to appear. The exact cause is unknown, but it's speculated that rising HCG levels cause smooth muscle which lines the digestive tract (and particularly the upper esophageal sphincter) to relax, inducing nausea. Symptoms in most women are limited to the first trimester and usually resolve around 14 weeks. Here are a few of my favorite tips to help manage nausea:
I first stumbled across these in a desperate search of the grocery store's medicine aisle- Dramamine (known for motion sickness medications) makes an all-natural ginger nausea relief. I found an off-brand on Amazon that I think work a little better, are tastier, and have a much better price tag. They're individually wrapped, perfect for stashing a couple in a purse, pocket, or glove box for whenever you may need one.
For many women, nausea makes it difficult to even THINK about eating. Mine was much worse with an empty stomach - it seemed like junk food and carbs were the only thing that would keep my nausea at bay! I could literally have eaten peanut butter crackers all day long. Concerns about a healthy amount of first trimester weight gain sent me searching for other options, and I landed on seltzer water! The carbonation really seemed to fill my stomach. The fluids likely helped as well, as pregnancy hormones are more concentrated in the bloodstream when we're dehydrated.
Pressure Point Wristbands
I ordered these after hearing strong recommendations and great reviews from my friends. I wore them for a few days, but honestly didn't notice any difference. I still believe they're a great thing to try- they help some people, there are no side effects if they don't work and they're fairly inexpensive.
Several scents have been studied and perform better than placebo at reducing nausea and vomiting in pregnant women! Peppermint, Ginger, Lemon, and Lavender were my favorites. I loved diffusing them in my office, wearing a drop or two on a diffuser necklace, or smelling directly from the bottle when needed. I love Young Living and I'll send a necklace and other freebies your way if you order anything using my link!
One Day at a Time
Remember that you won't feel this way forever! It feels like a lifetime, but this stage of pregnancy will be over before you know it. I tried to distract myself from how miserable things felt- taking baths with fancy Epsom salts seemed to help!
If Natural Remedies Fail:
Please speak with your doctor! Avoid taking any leftover prescriptions of Zofran or Phenergan you may have in your medicine cabinet as these have been linked to birth defects, especially when taken in the first trimester. Most OB's will recommend Diclegis, a antihistamine (Unisom) and vitamin B6 combo that has helped many women and won't harm developing babies. If your symptoms are extremely severe or unable to be managed, ask your OB if you may have Hyperemesis Gravidarum.