Largely, pregnancy is one of the most wonderful, extraordinary experiences. Yet, for many women, morning sickness can spoil what should be a special time, making it feel utterly intolerable.
There are many reasons that expectant mothers suffer from morning sickness. As your body creates life, hormone levels surge through the roof. Those sudden, extreme hormonal changes can lead to nausea. This is, of course, on top of the additional symptoms, such as increased sense of smell and fatigue, which all contribute to that sickly sensation.
Please do note that in extreme cases of pregnancy-related sickness, you should always consult with your midwife or family doctor. That being said, if you are in the initial trimester and your sickness is more a blasted bugbear than a serious condition, there are some natural options out there to help relieve your morning sickness.
It is likely that you will have been recommended ginger the very minute you first complained of morning sickness. A highly effective antiemetic in pregnancy, ginger in any form can help reduce your sickness symptoms. Try drinking hot water over grated ginger root, chew on crystallised ginger, or pop to the shop for a packet of ginger nuts.
Prenatal sickness is intensified when we are tired and stressed. Which makes perfect sense, really, as your body is simply adding more hormones into the mix as it tries to cope with daily stresses and strains. Take a relaxing evening bath, fall into a regular, structured sleeping pattern. Relieve those heated hormones by engaging in mild, relaxing activities such as walking or pregnancy Pilates.
Deep-rooted in Chinese medicine, acupressure works by redirecting the energy flow in your body. Using particular pressure points, the technique encourages energy within the stomach to move down, rather than up, alleviating morning sickness symptoms. Different points in the body work for different people, one of the most effective being approximately an inch down from the crease of your left wrist. While you can massage the area to calm the stomach and the mind, it is also possible to purchase sickness bands that apply pressure to the ‘pericardium six’ point.
- Vitamin B6
Choosing what to eat when you’re sickly can be such a chore. Nothing seems appealing at all, but you know that it’s a Catch-22, and going without will only make things worse. Opt for foods rich in vitamin B6, including bananas, brown rice, and wholegrain cereals.
As we’ve established, stress switches up those hormone levels and increases morning sickness symptoms. Hypnotherapy, if nothing else, encourages you to dedicate a small portion of your day to calming the mind. Sessions specifically designed for pregnant mothers will fuse your relaxation together with coping recommendations for your prenatal problems. This combination of stress relief and strategies for soothing sickness leaves you equipped to tackle whatever pregnancy throws in your direction.