If you’re reading this, you’re likely pregnant or planning to become pregnant. I’m sure it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone reading this that morning sickness is common during pregnancy with about 90% of women experiencing nausea during pregnancy. This queasiness can range from mild to severe and the exact causes are still not known. However, there are some hypotheses as to the causes of pregnancy-induced nausea and corresponding things you can try to relieve the symptoms. Something that is important to note is that the remedies suggested below may take 3-4 days to begin working, so try not to become discouraged if you are not noticing an immediate relief of your queasiness.
As always, this article is for informational purposes, only, and is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. It should not take the place of consultation with your physician or other medical professional. Speak with your doctor before making any changes in your diet, especially during pregnancy.
What to Try to Alleviate Pregnancy Queasiness
Magnesium – this mineral can help balance cortisol, a hormone that influences sugar levels in the blood. Blood sugar swings are thought to play a role in pregnancy queasiness and the stabilization of blood sugars may help alleviate morning sickness.
B6 – this is a vitamin that helps the body move magnesium into the cells, helping to balance cortisol levels. It also aids the body in clearing away excess hormones when they are not needed. B6 can come from food sources, but it degrades with heat, so preparing the following foods at the lowest (safe) temperature possible can help preserve their B6 levels:
- Bell Peppers
- Green Peas
- Sunflower Seeds
- Cashews & Hazelnuts
Vitamin D – get some sun! Vitamin D also helps the body absorb and use magnesium.
Ginger – the evidence of ginger providing relief of nausea is inconsistent, but it doesn’t hurt to try. One way to take ginger is a fresh tea. Put 1/2 tsp of fresh grated/minced ginger root in boiling water and steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain out the ginger and sweeten, if desired.
Acupressure – motion sickness bands apply pressure to the P6 point which, when worn continuously, may alleviate queasiness. We recommend the Sea-Band brand bands.
Lemon Water – this hels support the liver, aiding in the clearing of excess hormones in the blood.
Bone Broth – this is rich in amino acids and a good source of nutrition when you’re having trouble keeping food down.
Digestive Enzymes – these may help you better breakdown your food. You can either consume them from the source (ripe papaya, pineapples, or avocados) or take them in supplement form.
Eat Frequently – this will help prevent blood sugar drops. Avoid simple carbs as they rapidly metabolize into sugars. Keep foods like apples, bananas, nuts, and hard cheese handy. When you wake up overnight, have a few bites to eat (if your nausea is severe, you may want to set an alarm so you can wake up overnight to nosh, helping to maintain constant blood sugar levels). Before picking your head off the pillow in the morning, have something to eat and wait about 10-15 minutes. When you’re eating during the day, do your best to consume balanced meals with adequate amounts of proteins, fats, and complex carbs.
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