Morning sickness is one of the most unpleasant side effects of pregnancy. Pregnant ladies experiences it for varying amounts of time and at different levels of intensity, and some are lucky enough to avoid it altogether. When I found out I was expecting, I was anticipating some morning sickness but was hoping that it would be light. Sadly, that didn’t happen.
From week six until about week 18, I had all-day morning sickness. The mornings and nights were the worst, and I often found myself canceling evening plans because I didn’t feel up to leaving the house. After I reached my second trimester, it slowly started to improve, and when I say slowly, I mean S-L-O-W-L-Y. At this point, I usually only feel sick in the mornings and evenings, and it isn’t as bad as it was, so I’m grateful. Every once in a while, I’ll have an especially bad day, but they aren’t as common as they were.
While I was in the thick of morning sickness and desperate for relief, I scoured the internet for natural remedies and tried a bunch of different ones. Now I know that not every remedy will work for every woman, but these literally became lifelines for me, so I thought I would share.
1. Ginger Cookies and Ginger Chews
Ginger is great for any type of nausea, and ginger cookies and chews have worked well for me. Both are from Trader Joe’s, and the cookies actually have little pieces of ginger in them. One thing I will say is that both of these items contain sugar, so you do want to limit your intake–for your health, baby’s health, and the health of your teeth.
2. Acupressure Bands
I learned about these from a friend of mine who has 19 children. Designed to combat motion sickness, they have worked great for my morning sickness. On my most rough days, I would wear one on each wrist.
3. Instant Gag Reflex Relaxer
When you’re close to getting sick, squeeze your left hand (for some reason, right doesn’t work) into a fist, with your thumb in the middle. This should immediately relax the gag reflex. At first, I thought it might be “all in my head,” but it has worked time and time again.