Ease Nausea with Natural Remedies

When you get pregnant, you may have morning sickness. This is feelings of nausea or vomiting. These symptoms often happen during your first trimester or first 12 weeks pregnancy. Then they go away. However, in some cases, these symptoms can last through your pregnancy. The exact cause for morning sickness isn't known.

While uncomfortable, morning sickness is rarely serious. In fact, morning sickness affects about 90 percent of all pregnant women. Most of the time, natural approaches can help you feel better.

Tap into the power of ginger

Ginger is safe and effective in relieving nausea caused by morning sickness. But it doesn’t seem to work for vomiting. 

Ginger comes in many forms.  Moms- to-be can take ginger supplements three or four times a day, with a total daily dose of about 1 gram. Foods that contain ginger may also help ease nausea. These include ginger ale, ginger lollipops, and ginger tea. 

Self-care techniques

You can also try some self-care care techniques. These can help prevent and relieve morning sickness:

  • Eat several small meals a day. Try eating every 1 to 2 hours. This can keep your stomach from getting empty.

  • Choose foods high in complex carbohydrates. These include whole wheat bread, pasta, bananas, and green, leafy vegetables.

  • Don’t eat greasy and spicy foods. 

  • Sip on liquids that are cold, clear, and carbonated in between meals.

  • Keep crackers near your bed. Munch on them before getting up in the morning.

  • Don’t shift positions too quickly.

  • Suck on a peppermint or sniff sliced lemon if an odor bothers you.

  • Try motion sickness or acupressure wristbands.

Seek medical treatment for serious symptoms

Sometimes, nausea and vomiting can be severe, or last into the second trimester. Talk with your healthcare provider about other treatments. In some cases, hyperemesis gravidarum can happen. Women with this serious condition need treatment with medicine and intravenous (IV) fluids.  


Online Medical Reviewer: Bowers, Nancy, RN, BSN, MPHFoley, Maryann, RN, BSN

Date Last Reviewed: 4/12/2016

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