I’ve put together the natural mama’s preggy toolbox for natural healing. If your reading my blog it’s because just like me you are looking for an all natural relief to that terrible side effect of pregnancy called morning sickness. For some, including myself my first pregnancy came with all day sickness. Morning sickness can become extremely problematic and takes away all the joy of being pregnant.
Being pregnant is a wonderful experience only some women can endure and if you are one of the lucky ones you definitely want to enjoy that experience because it does not last long and it is not something you can easily experience all of the time. Unfortunately there are too many of us women struggling with infertility and being able to conceive is a blessing, but noone wants to deal with morning sickness or even worse severe sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum. This is a severe form of morning sickness which requires medical attention to avoid dehydration, weight loss, and other complications.
If you are not suffering from extreme vomiting, nausea, dizziness etc and are 1 of the 80% of women who have a tolerable but annoying form of morning sickness then you are in luck because I have the best tips and the best products to relieve you from your suffering.
Tips & Tricks for Morning Sickness
- Fight back with Food- There are lots of foods that help combat that nauseous feeling in your gut. Use grated ginger when you cook, sip on ginger tea, chew on real ginger mints in between meals. Eat fresh fruits and veggies that are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and water. Drink soups and bone broth which are a great source of nutrients and electrolytes.
- Eat as soon as you wake up, if you can and you are not already vomiting. Having something in your stomach will help.
- Drink plenty of water and herbal teas. It is important to stay hydrated and having some liquid in your belly can combat all of that acid.
- Take your prenatal before bed with a snack that way it does not upset your stomach while you sleep. Try a prenatal with a proprietary calming blend to combat morning sickness.
- Take probiotics! These gut friendly supplements will make digestion easier and will improve and gut related issues.
- Aromatherapy can be great during pregnancy as some essential oils should not be applied topically but can be inhaled for relief. Try lemon, frankincense, ginger, or lavender oils.
- Drink apple cider vinegar! This is my go to for heartburn relief but also a good alternative to gut related issues as well. I like to add lemon to mine to alkalize and soothe stomach acids.
Other Alternative relief
Sea Band Mama’s- Sea bands literally saved me in my first pregnancy. I had all day sickness that lasted throughout my 1st and 2nd trimesters. I would wear my sea bands day and night for the fear of how I felt as soon as I took them off. I honestly think I had them in every color and would match them to my outfit. It became a huge joke amongst my friends because I was never seen without them. In fact a large number women feel the exact same way. They couldn’t do or go anywhere without them, and for good reason.
In the Uk, acupressure was first scientifically proven useful in pregnancy by the late professor John Dundee from Queen's University, Belfast. Additionally a study done in italy suggests morning sickness was reduced in 70% of women using sea-bands and is one of the most effective drug-free ways to relieve nausea and vomiting. I am 1 of many women who can attest to this, but how do they work, you may be wondering.
Sea bands have a plastic stud that applies continuous pressure to the p6 (Nei-kuan) point located on your wrist. This point, located between 2 central tendons is believed to alleviate nausea when stimulated by touch. In order to find this point, you want to place three fingers on the inside of your wrist with the edge of your third finger just below the first wrist crease. The Nei-Kuan point is located underneath your first index finger in between the two wrist tendons. You’ll want to position the plastic stud facing inward over the Nei-Kuan point to be effective.
The sea-bands take just a few minutes to achieve relief. Of course wearing the bands as a preventative measure, prior to feeling nauseous is best, but they can be just as effective if placed on during a bout of nausea.
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Pink stork ginger tea- This tea is 100% organic and caffeine free, for those of us limiting our caffeine intake during pregnancy. I know some mamas who cannot go without their coffee especially in that tiresome period, which is fine! I, however stick to no caffeine and load up on preggo friendly herbal teas. Especially this delicious blend of ginger and ceylon black tea.
I love this tea not only because it’s Organic and delicious but because of it’s great design. Ths company uses biodegradable sachets which are both better for you and the environment. Each sachet contains 3x the amount of tea as a regular tea bag, giving you the bang for your buck. They do this by using whole herbs that provide full flavor and more medicinal benefits.
Not only can it help relieve morning sickness but it is also formulated to help with constipation, stomach cramps, indigestion, inflammation, and hydration. Did I mention it’s naturally peach flavored, yum. Steep for 5 minutes in 8 oz of boiling hot filtered water. Drink hot or let cool and enjoy over ice in those hot summer months.
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Organic Preggie Pop Drops- Preggie pop drops are effective due to the special formulation of essential oils, aromatherapy, and unique delivery method. They come in 3 amazing flavors Sour Raspberry, Sour lemon, and Green Apple. All of which are incredibly delicious! These particular ones are organic and have no artificial junk or preservatives, flavored and colored naturally.
Preggie pops also come in other alternatives such as sugar free for women with gestational diabetes. I do not recommend these however because they are sweetened with splenda and not stevia. I won’t get too much into the dangers of Splenda, you can research that on your own but Splenda use causes diabetes, gut issues, toxicity, DNA damage, and is carcinogenic.
I have emailed the company to try and convince them to re-formulate this product and will continue to contact them about this issue. I hope in the future they replace the splenda with a more acceptable alternative. The original preggie pops however are great and I will continue to use the Organic version.
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Ginger People Ginger rescue Chewable Tabs- These ginger tablets are super potent, drug free alternatives to help alleviate motion sickness and nausea. They are also great for digestive health, eases gas, and indigestion.
I love the Ginger People Ginger chew candies normally but the potency of these ginger rescue tablets are just what any mama needs in their natural relief preggy toolbox.
Ginger is known as “The Great Medicine” by ancient indian vaids and has been shown to improve gastric mobility. This means it can help push foods and waste through the digestive system. In 2009 a study funded by The National Cancer Institute found that patients who consumed ginger had significantly reduced nausea following chemotherapy. In a separate study ginger was found to be more effective than an anti-nausea drug called drammine in blocking motion sickness.
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