Monday, February 8, 2010

Morning Sickness: Please oh please let me stop puking!

Pregnancy morning sickness occurs in 50 to 80% of new mom's to be. It's unfortunate that for many, the morning sickness will strike all through the day and not just in the morning. Most cases of morning sickness occur between the 4th and 6th week of pregnancy and lasts until the 14th to 16th week, but may last all through pregnancy, and leave many women actively searching for the elusive morning sickness cure.

We hope the following tips and tricks can help get rid of, or at least decrease your sickness!

* Vitamin B6 - 50 mg. daily. Vitamin B6 has been scientifically shown to help morning sickness. You can find Vitamin B6 at your local drugstore or health food store. Just recently, companies have started to incorporate therapeutic doses of Vitamin B6 into their products to help you cure your morning sickness. One is B-Natal TheraPops are cherry flavored lollipops which have been shown to help cure morning sickness for many women. Another Vitamin B-6 enriched product is called Morning Sickness Magic. Morning Sickness Magic is a herbal remedy containing Ginger, Vitamin B-6, Red Raspberry Leaf and Folic Acid.

* Try eating plain crackers or dry cereal before you get out of bed in the morning.

* Ginger in capsules form 250 mg. three times daily can be beneficial. Ginger has long been associated with alleviating nausea. You can also get the benefit of using ginger by chewing on crystallized ginger or sucking on ginger hard candies.

* Drink flat, room-temperature ginger ale to settle your stomach. Although no one knows why (there’s not enough ginger in commercial ginger ale to have an effect), it works for many nauseated moms-to-be. Don’t drink ginger ale with fizz, though. The bubbles promote the production of more stomach acid—just what you don’t need.

* Refresh with citrus: sniff a slice of lemon. Some pregnant women report that, for unknown reasons, it helps with morning sickness. You might also try drinking water with lemon or another lemon-based drink. Grate a bit of grapefruit, orange, or tangerine rind and add it to your tea.

* Take 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon honey in cold water before bed.

* Wear motion sickness bands on your wrists.

* Put three drops of lavender essential oil and one of peppermint in a diffuser or humidifier to scent the air.

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