Natural Remedies for Nausea during Pregnancy

9/3/10 by Nativity Lennon

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Morning sickness (a term a man must have coined, since most women seem to have all-day sickness) was one of the first symptoms I experienced at the beginning of my pregnancy. Only one week had passed before I was sick and tired of it, pun intended, and I began to look for safe remedies for nausea during pregnancy.

Everyone and their grandmother had their own folksy remedies to recommend and I tried most of them. Some worked, some didn’t. As we all know, other pregnant women are the perfect source for valid info like this, so allow me to share what I’ve found helpful. Thankfully, I’m past those stomach churning first months, but these are the remedies that I’ll be using the next time around!

Eat Regularly

You might not notice at first, but often, that unpleasant feeling of nausea is caused by hunger. So, don’t wait too long between meals and carry snacks with you everywhere you go.

Eat Lots o’ Carbs

Carb-rich foods like potatoes, bread, pretzels and crackers stay down a lot better than some of the fancier meals out there. Complex carbohydrates help soothe your stomach and are easy on the digestive system.

Drink Tea

Ginger and peppermint teas are both very soothing to the stomach and are well-known nausea remedies. Plus, it’s relaxing to sip a cup of tea while resting or to start off your day!

Eat before You Get out of Bed

Have some crackers and water by the bed at all times and eat 15 minutes before you get out of bed each morning.  And when you get out of bed, do so slowly.  This doesn’t work for everyone, but it did wonders for my stomach and was one of my favorite remedies for nausea during the early months of my pregnancy.

Eat Potato Chips

You know how pregnancy sometimes gives you a license to break the rules? Well, eating potato chips is one of those perks! Now you can say that it’s for the baby and mean it because salty potato chips are known to settle the stomach.  Just don’t polish off the whole bag of chips because the extra pounds you’d pack on are a pain to lose.

Take a Supplement

While prenatal vitamins are good and usually provide you with all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs, talk to your doctor about Vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 may help to stave off morning sickness, so taking an extra supplement is worth looking into.

I highly suggest trying all of the above remedies for nausea throughout the early months of your pregnancy. In my case, I often found that a remedy I relied on stopped working after a while, so it’s always good to have a backup solution!

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