Morning sickness is one of the first signs that a woman may realize she’s pregnant. Despite its name morning sickness can happen at any time of the day. It can range from slight nagging nausea to not being able to hold your breakfast down. If you are having difficulty keeping anything down including water and losing weight, call your care provider right away. You may have Hyperemedis Gravidarum, a potentially life-threatening form of morning sickness if left untreated. For some women fragrances can trigger a bout of morning sickness. Your favorite perfume can become your worst enemy. But take heart this will not last forever.
Why do I get morning sickness?
So what is the cause of morning sickness? We’re not exactly sure, but some theories are that it can be a deficiency in vitamin B, but there isn’t any hard evidence to support that, besides woman finding relief when the supplement with vitamin B, particularly vitamin B6 because that actually aids in liver metabolism. The premise of that theory is the liver is working extra hard because of the additional person it’s supporting. The liver processes toxins and gets rid of them, dumping them into the woman’s system and its suggested this is why the sickness happens first thing in the morning. Another theory is that there is increase in hormonal activity, particularly estrogen and hCG and they feel that the increase of this can cause nausea. Or the carbohydrate metabolism is disturbed and that causes the nausea. So many theories, but to-date there’s no hard facts that can pinpoint the exact cause of morning sickness.
What will help my morning sickness?
One thing that does seem to work across the board is to make sure that you’re eating frequent small meals throughout the day. These meals should consist of small amounts of high-quality protein and complex carbohydrates. It is helpful to eat a cracker or dry piece of toast first thing in the morning before you rise. Some herbal remedies that are very helpful and are usually readily available to most people is peppermint or ginger in the form of tea or drinking ginger-ale. Red raspberry leaf tea and chamomile tea are also helpful. The essential oil of peppermint or sweet orange helps when inhaled. You can apply a few drops to a handkerchief or cotton ball and keep in a ziplock bag until needed.
Acupressure has been found to be very helpful in relieving nausea and vomiting. Acupressure uses Traditional Chinese medicine principles, but instead of using needles with them, knuckle, or elbow is used to stimulate different pressure points of the Meridian system. The point that commonly is you safely to help with mild nausea vomiting is P6. To find this point on your arm turn your palm facing up, Place three fingers from the crease of your wrist up, and at three fingers width from the wrist, find the two tendons. In between these tendons is P6. Apply firm pressure up to five minutes to find relief from slight nausea up to vomiting. They’re also wristbands you can purchase called Sea-bands. These wristbands apply pressure to P6 and you can safely wear them all day to keep morning sickness at bay.
It will not last forever!
These tips are a few things that you can do to find relief for morning sickness. The best thing you can do is to make sure you take care of you. Breath in, breathe out. It will pass. It will not be forever. Please let me know what has helped you to combat morning sickness in the comments below. Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy journey.