I remember it vividly, I was waiting for my nursing class to start and I got this sudden feeling that I was going to vomit. I chalked it up to I was over tired from working a night shift at the hospital and then going to class without sleeping. Little did I know that 3 days later I would test positive on a urine pregnancy test. How exciting! What I didn’t realize was struggling with morning sickness can make this altruistic event in life anything but exciting. Everyone is different… but for me I suffered from all day nausea and vomiting. Throwing up roughly 4-6 times a day before I even made it to my first check-up. With my first pregnancy I ended up taking a prescription medicine until 16 weeks, but still threw up every day for 26 weeks. I wish I had known about some of the natural remedies that worked for me with my second pregnancy (currently at 22 weeks). I will admit I did take the prescription medicine with this pregnancy, but only as needed… and what I mean by as needed is when I would have spells of hyperemesis (severe nausea and vomiting), like the day I threw up 12 times in one day. Other than that, I found that the below 5 remedies seemed to help alleviate the symptoms. And I’m thankful that I was able to take a more natural approach with this pregnancy. Feel free to comment below with tips that worked for you!
- Eat Legumes. Karen Hurd has an amazing article on how eating legumes (pinto beans, chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans) will help to negate the nausea felt with morning sickness. Unfortunately I came across this article well after my first pregnancy, but I was excited to try it with my second pregnancy. I did eat chickpeas in the early stages and it did help. Once I was throwing up multiple times a day though, I had a hard time stomaching the beans. However, I believe in this concept and encourage you to give it a try! You can view her article here.
- Lemon & Mint infused water. On my worst nausea days drinking plain water was almost impossible. Which is actually the worst thing you can do – water keeps you hydrated and keeps the digestive tract working (expelling that bile!). I did however LOVE the taste of lemon and mint infused water… Also, if you google lemons and/or mint for morning sickness – you can read a lot of articles that state both of these help to soothe upset stomach. Guess that’s why maybe it worked so well for me. Recipe: 1 quart of H20, 4-6 thin slices of lemon, 2-4 peppermint leaves.
- Peppermints. I found that if I kept mints handy and pretty had one in my mouth anytime I wasn’t eating, it helped to keep my stomach calm.
- Citrus Fruits. Oranges and pineapples were my go to fruits. My midwife told me that when you are pregnant your blood sugar drops lower than usual and that can contribute to the nausea and vomiting. I found that eating tropical fruits seemed to help and I’m wondering if it because it would raise my blood sugar more rapidly than other snacks.
- High Protein Snacks. I found that if I could get a late night snack in that was high in protein (cheese and crackers, apples with almond butter, Sigi’s yogurt (more protein than sugarJ), handful of almonds and dried fruit) I would feel better in the morning. However, I was not in favor of comprising my sleep for snacking, so I only did this if I happened to be up to use the bathroom or another reason.