After thriving through four pregnancies and surviving a combined 12 MONTHS of morning sickness (!!!), I’m happy to share with you the top four natural morning sickness cures I relied upon to get me through the throws of full blown toilet-hugging nausea. They’re cheap, effective, and best of all, totally safe.
#1) Snack Often
The most important thing you can do to reduce the intensity of your morning sickness is to never let your stomach get empty. Snack often! I’m talking before your feet hit the ground first thing in the morning, grab a cracker. Crackers and pretzels were my best friends in those early months. Nibble healthy stuff throughout the day and you won’t feel nearly as sick.
#2) Diffuse Essential Oils
Peppermint and ginger are great aromatic oils to diffuse for nausea. I prefer the smell of peppermint, personally. A misting diffuser is the best kind to get the oils in the air and into your body. Don’t go cheapo on essential oils, especially when you’re pregnant. Quality and purity varies widely between brands. You definitely don’t want to take a chance of putting synthetics into the air for you and baby to breathe.
#3) Drink Herbal Tea
Peppermint and ginger also make wonderful anti-nausea teas. I make tea from fresh peppermint leaves, but dried leaves work just as well. Sipping a hot herbal tea can be very soothing to the digestive system, and relaxing to the body.
#4) Wear Acupressure Bands
For the first 3-4 months of each pregnancy I was terribly nauseous. And it wasn’t just in the morning, it lasted ALL DAY LONG! Every time I smelled dirty dishes, or even simply opened the fridge, I’d have to make a run for the bathroom. It was horrible. I had to find something to ease the nausea.
My mom, who is really into alternative medicine, recommended to me that I try some acupressure wrist bands. She sent some to me, and I skeptically tried them out. I was really surprised when they actually worked! They worked so well that I refused to take them off. Any time I did remove them for any period of time, I could feel the nausea creeping back to me. The ones she sent me were cloth, which were super comfy. I actually ended up getting a second pair of waterproof psi bands so that I didn’t have to take them off for the shower.
Do as many of these things combined as possible throughout the day and you’ll feel much better. Keep your belly full, diffuse anti-nausea oils, sip hot herbal tea, and wear your psi bands around the clock.
Try to remind yourself that morning sickness typically goes away after the first trimester. It won’t last forever, I promise! Hang in there for a few more weeks and look forward to renewed energy and appetite in the second trimester of your pregnancy.