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A Holistic Approach to Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

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The nausea that occurs during pregnancy is commonly called “morning sickness” due to the fact that it most frequently occurs in the early hours of the day.

However, this sickness, which affects the majority of pregnant women and is most common during the first trimester, can strike at any time.

Most cases of morning sickness are relatively non-serious, and there are no officially recognized medical treatments. That is why many pregnant women choose to treat morning sickness through home-based holistic treatments.

After all, while the sickness is nothing to worry about, it is uncomfortable. and there are a few things you can do to ease the symptoms while they last.

There are rare cases in which morning sickness becomes severe, and this could indicate potentially harmful pregnancy complications.

See your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of these symptoms:

•    severe vomiting or nausea
•    inability to keep liquids down
•    dizziness, faintness, or racing heart during nausea episodes
•    vomiting blood

No one is quite sure what causes morning sickness, but many in the medical community suspect that it is related to the hormonal shifts that happen during the early stages of pregnancy. More likely, the condition is related to a variety of factors at the same time, which is why holistic treatment works so well.

Diet
As with many holistic treatments, dealing with morning sickness starts with monitoring what you put into your body. Many women who have morning sickness find that their symptoms can be reduced by the following steps:

•    Avoid fried foods or foods with high fat content.

•    Avoid large meals and instead take several smaller meals and snacks throughout the day, so that you never become too hungry.
•    Have on hand light, relatively bland snacks such as cereal, crackers, and bread. Snack on these whenever you feel a bout of morning sickness coming.
•    Drink organic juice or a small amount of flat, caffeine-free soda in the morning to ease your stomach.
•    Identify the things that make you feel the most sick, and try to avoid them.
•    Stay hydrated, making sure to drink plenty of water between meals.

On a broader level, you can help yourself by making sure that you never get to hungry and by balancing your diet. If you get the right amount of vitamins and nutrients from a variety of sources, then your body will be strong enough to deal with the changes that occur during early pregnancy. At the same time, while many women view early pregnancy as a reason to up their daily calorie intake, there is actually no need during these early months to significantly increase your food intake. Overdoing your eating may just make morning sickness worse.

Other treatments
Acupuncture and acupressure have been shown to help women with morning sickness, even in severe cases. One remedy that is growing in popularity is acupressure wrist bands, which stimulate an acupuncture pressure point in each of your wrists. All you have to do is put on your wrist bands in the morning and wear them all day, and this should help cut down on your symptoms. They are available online and at most health stores.

Meanwhile, you cannot go wrong with ginger, which has been used in the treatment of nausea during pregnancy for thousands of years. As little as one gram of ginger, taken in small doses throughout the day, has been shown to significantly ease the symptoms of morning sickness. You can make ginger tea, mix ginger into a snack, or simply take it on its own. Ginger is generally regarded as a safe herb, but you may want to consult with your medical professional before taking it every day.

Sources:
http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/morningsickness.html
http://www.babycenter.com/morning-sickness


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One Comment »

  • Brenda said:

    Lillipops iced soothie for curing morning sickeness.

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