Home remedies for morning sickness
Many women will experience nausea and vomiting, or morning sickness, in early pregnancy. Even though it can be experienced at any time of the day, morning sickness is thought to be caused by hormonal changes in the pregnant body and tends to improve in the second trimester. Some women will continue to experience it throughout their pregnancy. However, it does not affect the baby and the majority of women tend to have a mild form.
Tips to help with morning sickness
- Snack little and often. For example, eat some plain biscuits early in the morning, or toast, crackers or crisp-bread, and avoid fatty foods.
- Cold meals are better tolerated than hot meals.
- Ideally, avoid potential triggers, whether these be certain foods, smells, or drinks that might induce nausea and vomiting.
- Ginger, either as ginger biscuits, tea or non-alcoholic ginger ale, may help with the nausea and vomiting.
- Some women find that wearing acupressure wristbands helps their morning sickness. Stop wearing them if you experience numbness, pain or swelling of the hands.
- Keep well hydrated. Drink little and often.
- Eat a diet rich in vitamin B6 (cereals, wholemeal bread, oats, soya beans) as some research suggests a link between a lack of vitamin B6 in the diet and morning sickness.
- Rest, as being tired can trigger nausea and vomiting.
A review of 27 clinical trials that looked at the efficacy and safety of commonly used anti-sickness drugs and alternative treatments for nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy has found that the evidence was inconclusive. The researchers could not say whether these treatments work or not. The research did not include hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness, which may lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance and usually needs hospital treatment.
Consult your pharmacist or doctor before taking over-the counter supplements such as vitamin B6 or ginger supplements.
If your nausea and vomiting do not improve or you are concerned about your pregnancy, contact your midwife or GP.