10 stomach-easing home remedies for expectant moms
Why is it that some women never have the slightest touch of morning sickness during pregnancy—while others are doomed to vomit the entire time? It doesn’t seem fair, does it? Well, you’re not alone. According to the March of Dimes you’re in the company of half of America’s pregnant women. That’s right, 50% of expectant moms suffer from morning sickness.
Morning sickness, which tends to rear its ugly heave during the first trimester (or first three months) of pregnancy, varies from expecting mom to mom. Heck it even varies between pregnancies. For example, it’s quite possible for an expectant mom to have almost no morning sickness during her first pregnancy—then experience severe morning sickness with her second baby. In many cases, your physician will recommend vitamin B6 supplements, which are known to ease morning sickness. Vitamin B6 can be purchased over-the-counter, or much more inexpensively, through any online Canadian Pharmacy.
You really can blame it on hormones—or rather a particular hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (or HCG), which is the same hormone that turns the line pink on pregnancy tests. However, you can’t blame it all on HCG. Hormones such as progesterone, which can slow digestion, are also prevalent during a pregnant woman’s first trimester.
If you're suffering from morning sickness, there is a light at the end of the tunnel known as the second trimester (month 3 to 6 of pregnancy). This is when morning sickness usually subsides. However if you need some relief in the meantime, a few simple lifestyle changes and home remedies have been known to ease morning sickness and pregnancy nausea, such as:
- Eat frequent, small meals: Consuming five to six small meals a day rather than three big meals will ease hunger pangs, quench nausea and decrease the secretions of stomach acid—which can cause bad indigestion.
- Drink before or after a meal, not during: This sounds odd, but it works! When washing down your meal with a beverage you create excess mass—and therefore gas—in the stomach.
- Forgo spicy foods: You might have loved Indian food before your pregnancy, but if you suffer from morning sickness spicy foods will irritate your tummy and cause indigestion and stomach upset.
- Love you some carbs: Crackers, pasta, rice and bread—yes please! Starches are not only easier to digest; they are soothing on an upset tummy.
- Get moving after meals: A little exercise, especially after you eat, helps encourage digestion and alleviate nausea. Try starting with a 20 minute walk after each meal.
- No sudden moves: Sudden transitions, like getting up quickly from a laying position, can trigger nausea and stomach upset. Try some gentle stretches in bed before you rise each morning.
- Nuts: Not only are they high protein, lightly salted nuts will stall the over-production of saliva, which can trigger vomiting. Try nibbling on a handful of almonds or walnuts. If you crave salt, add some sea salt or dill to decrease saliva production.
- Tea with citrus fruit: Brew some tea and add a sliver of lemon, lime, or orange. If you suffer from morning sickness, the more water you can add to your diet through teas and fruits and vegetables will keep you hydrated. Good hydration is also a preventative measure against pregnancy constipation. Speaking of teas…
- Ginger root: This wonderful nausea-fighting remedy contains chemicals called gingerols and shogaols that soothe the intestinal tract, relieving the urge to vomit. The best way to enjoy ginger is through tea. You can purchase ginger root from your grocer. Just add a small slice to a mug of boiling water and let steep for five minutes.
- Mint: This heaven-sent plant is used for easing the stomach's gag reflex. You can purchase lose mint leaves or mint tea to brew when your tummy is giving you troubles.
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Bernice is a stay at home mom who is expecting her 2nd baby next month.