Feeling like your stomach is about to turn inside out? If you’re feeling queasy and you can’t wait for that second trimester to start, know that it can [almost] always be worse! Hyperemesis gravidarum, the most severe form of morning sickness, occurs in up to 3% of pregnancies. Here’s to hoping you’re not in that 3%! Even if you are, we’ve got an abundance of natural remedies to help keep your morning sickness in check. Quick tip – since these remedies may take a couple days to kick in, you may want to start early on.
Get Your Tea On: Try sipping on iron-rich raspberry leaf tea, which may boost uterine health and may even shorten labor. Peppermint tea may also relieve morning sickness symptoms, though studies have been inconclusive.
Go Ga-Ga For Ginger: If you start to feel like the contents of your stomach are planning their exit strategy, take it as your cue to grab anything with ginger. Studies show that the spice may help with nausea from morning sickness. Shout-out to the Ginger Mints at Trader Joe’s! Generally speaking, flat ginger ale, ginger tea or ginger candies should do the trick. If ginger isn’t your thing, it can also be taken in pill form.
Brewer’s yeast: Though it may sound like the most unappealing food on this list, brewer’s yeast is rich in B vitamins which help with nausea. Mix it into a smoothie, sprinkle it on top of soup, or mix it into whatever meal you’re about to eat. You probably won’t notice it’s there!
Fennel seeds: These seeds probably weren’t on your radar, but they should be! They may contain anesthetic properties and can help reduce several digestive issues.
Back to Basics – Bananas: As part of the foundation of the BRAT diet, bananas are known for helping with digestive problems. They’ll also keep your potassium and electrolyte levels up while the vitamin B6 will help keep nausea at bay.
Though we have a fondness in our heart for spicy, rich and fried foods, it may be best to hold off on these while you’re pregnant. These foods often worsen nausea. Besides adjusting your diet, try Amazon Prime-ing a pair of acupressure bracelets. You know, the ones you wear when you’re on a boat! Studies have been inconclusive but it’s worth a shot if you don’t want to be hanging over the toilet all day, e’ry day. As always, drink plenty of water and give yourself permission to get some extra rest!