Relieve Morning Sickness Naturally

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Nov 02

Morning sickness is never any fun, so finding a way to to relieve nausea naturally is a total score!  Acupuncture to the rescue!

I’m not sure why it’s called morning sickness, because nausea during your first trimester can come on at anytime.  It’s certainly not limited to the morning.  That’s one reason acupuncture is so great.  It helps settle the stomach so that you experience less nausea throughout the day, no matter when it comes one.  Not only that, when you come in for treatment, acupuncture can help other symptoms you may be experiencing with pregnancy; sinus congestion, constipation, back pain, etc.  And, acupuncture is drug free, effective and free of negative side effects.  What could be better?

You may have even heard of the famous “nausea point”.  Acupuncturists who treat morning sickness know it as PC6.  It’s the point that anti-nausea bands target.  I use this point all the time in my office.  I even send women home with something that continually stimulates the point long after the treatment ends and gets great results!

As always, there are things you can do to relieve morning sickness and nausea at home.  These are my favorites:

  • Keep your stomach half-full –  (Being hungry or stuffed can both lead to nausea)
  • Keep Hydrated – Nausea is one of the first signs of dehydration for both mother and fetus.  Try to drink liquids that will provide electrolytes but don’t have added sugars.  Coconut water is a natural electrolyte drink that’s naturally sweet.  Please, please stay away from Gatorade, it has WAY too much sugar.
  • Preggie Pops  – One of my favorite products for morning sickness can be found online or at baby stores.
  • Early morning snack – Before your feet even touch the ground in the morning, have a few crackers.
  • Drink ginger tea – I recommend shredding a tablespoon of raw ginger into a mug and pouring boiling water over it.  Sip on several cups throughout the day. recommends: Take 1/2 tsp ginger juice, 1 tsp fresh lime juice, 1 tsp mint juice and 1 tsp honey and mix well. Drink this mixture 3-4 times in a day.
  • Adequate Vitamin B in the diet – Women taking pre-natal vitamins should be receiving sufficient amounts
  • Get plenty of rest.  You may just have to go to bed at 8:00PM!

Keep in mind that nausea usually eases up significantly at the end of the first trimester, so hang in there!  It will get easier.

I want to take a moment to mention Hyperemensis gravidarum, severe morning sickness.  Thought relatively rare, this affects approximately 50,000 women in the United State every year and is a serious condition.  Women who are suffering from Hyperemensis gravidarum should consult their doctors immediately.  If you are suffering from severe morning sickness and are hoping to avoid medication, I recommend consulting both your OBGYN and an acupuncturist.  Receiving regular acupuncture and following as many of the above recommendations, can make a huge difference in controlling nausea and the associated symptoms.

Please call anytime if you have questions.  I’m always available to help!  (617) 512-3193

Angela Bell Acupuncture, Acupuncture for Women

186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Suite 302 Cambridge, MA 02138

111 US Route 1, York, ME 03909