Thursday, June 18, 2015

Natural Ways To Beat Morning Sickness

Monday marked the start of week 9 of this pregnancy and for a minute there I was hoping the lack of morning sickness (translated into all day and night sickness) was a perk of having gone through it with the other 3 pregnancies, but I was wrong.

This past week has been rough, whether I eat, don't eat, make food or avoid the kitchen like the plague I am still sick all the time it seems. Anyone who has multiple children knows that when you are pregnant with a second or third pregnancy you can't just lay down until the sickness passes. I consider this a luxury when you have pregnant for the first time, you can rest and not have any worries, but once you embark on the journey of more than one child it all changes. 

Even in the middle of my sickest moments I am still having to break up battles between the 10 and 3 year old, rescue a prized toy for the 13 month old and change a diaper for the 15 month old I babysit, there is no rest or taking it easy. Don't get me wrong I enjoy life and I would have it no other way, hence the reason for this post. I went on a hunt for natural remedies to help with the morning sickness and below I will share what I have found, and the ones I have tried along with the results.

Morning sickness during pregnancy can be caused by many things, hormones, vitamin deficiencies, low blood sugars, stress, strong smells and so much more. The key to treating morning sickness is finding the trigger and trying to eliminate that trigger.

One way to help alleviate morning sickness is by using Ginger. You can have Ginger candies, use Ginger sprinkled on your food or beverages, drink ginger-ale, or ginger chews to help your upset tummy.

Also, try 1 drop of peppermint oil and 3 drops camomile oil mixes and placed on a warm damp towel. Rub this towel over your belly or just let it lay there for a few moments.

Eat frequent small meals or health snacks. When you are pregnant the calories and nutrients from the food you eat are given right to the growing baby, so you will need to consume more calories and food. (healthy options of course) in order to satisfy your growing baby's needs and your own body's needs. For me personally at this moment I have to eat something every 45 minutes to an hour, and I am not sure if that is because of my weight loss surgery, I normally consume smaller amounts anyways or not but I find if my belly is full I can fight off the sick feeling. But it is hard chasing 3 children to remember to eat.

Take a roller bottle and mix some fractionated coconut oil and peppermint oil in it, apply this mixture to your temples and the back of your neck when you feel sick. Also I find this helps me if I just sniff the mixture from the bottle too.

Drink lemonade, the lemonade is said to help calm your tummy during sick moments. Take small sips in order to not overwhelm your already sick tummy.

You can try acupressure bands such as "Sea Bands" to help as well. These are bracelets that have a small button on them, the key if getting the proper placement of the button onto the pressure point. This is said to help morning sickness. I don't think I have mine on the right points cause I still get sick.

These are just a few of the more popular ways to help with morning sickness, while some ways might work better for you than others I encourage you to try them out before resorting to having the doctor prescribe a pill. 

If you have any other suggestions I am all ears and would love to hear them, leave me a comment below and let me know your methods.

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