In my case, it wasn’t morning sickness. It was all day sickness. I didn’t vomit constantly, but I felt cripplingly nauseous.
One time, right after a flight home from Singapore, I vomited so intensely that I burst blood vessels in and below my eyes. My husband joked that I wouldn’t need a Halloween costume because I already looked so freaky. I was about 4 months pregnant.
Anyway, here are some morning sickness remedies that worked (and didn’t work) for me.
Ginger for Morning Sickness
In Hong Kong, we lived above a gourmet grocery store called city’super. At one point, they carried a fresh ginger juice drink. It was the best thing ever for morning sickness and I saw a ton of pregnant women buying it. They couldn’t keep it in stock. I can say that was the only thing that ever made me feel better 100% of the time. Ginger tea helped, but nothing like this juice. I wasn’t able to replicate it at home so keep an eye out for it.
Motion Sickness Wrist Bands
I tried the wristbands for motion sickness with zero luck. They are cotton stretchy wristbands that have a plastic button that presses on an acupressure point under your wrist. I know people swear by them for air sickness, as well. They’re inexpensive and work for some people so you may want to try them.
Take Vitamin B6
I took this religiously. I am not sure if it helped or not but I was too afraid to test what would happen if I stopped taking it. You can buy it at the drugstore, but ask your Dr. for the correct dosage as it’s unsafe to take an excessive amount.
Try Essential Oils
I didn’t know enough at the time to seek out someone with essential oils training. A friend of mine, is an essential oils expert. I asked her for morning sickness suggestions. I often see her helping people over Twitter with various ailments so do follow her and ask for advice.
For morning sickness, she suggests peppermint. This makes sense to me as I drink peppermint tea if my stomach is feeling unsettled. Here are her other morning sickness remedies:
- Try up to 1-4 drops of peppermint in 1oz of water and drink it. You can add sugar to it if you like to make it more palatable. You can do this as often as you like. You can’t OD on peppermint. You can also put up to 2 drops of oil into a tablespoon of honey and take it that way.
- Try putting peppermint essential oil (neat) on any/all of these places: your temples, inside wrists, along your jawline, behind your ears and the pulse points on your neck. You can do one location, you can do all locations — it’s totally up to you. Behind the ears and jawline tend to be the most successful with expecting moms. You can also add lavender essential oil. Again, you can do this as much as you like as frequently as you like.
- Get a hand towel and wet it. Apply 2–4 drops of peppermint essential oil. From here you can use it in two ways—put it in the freezer and use it as a cold compress or wet the towel with hot water and apply it as a warm compress immediately. The compress should be applied to the area around your left breast, by your actual stomach (not your abdomen). Most of my clients use the cold compress since vomiting is often preceded by a perceived temperature spike and sweating.
- Put 4–6 drops of spearmint essential oil in a bowl of boiled water and set it next to your bed at night. It can help keep your tummy settled through the night. You can also add lavender to this if you like. Lavender is awesome for promoting reduction of anxiety and better sleep. Give this remedy at least 5 nights for full effectiveness.
Try Acupuncture Worked
I was very, very lucky that good acupuncture is so inexpensive in Hong Kong. I don’t have any hard data but I’m positive acupuncture helped me during pregnancy.
I would always feel more balanced after a session and certainly less swollen. I am unsure of my exact treatment because my Chinese doctor did not speak English. If you live in La Jolla, call Julia at Aculife. We discuss pregnancy and acupuncture in this short video.
II am totally convinced that foot reflexology saved my feet from permanently swelling up a shoe size or more. My feet were always swollen during pregnancy. When I would sense my shoes getting too tight, I’d go get foot reflexology. Note that foot reflexology isn’t always relaxing, especially if your muscles are tense. Maybe it just helped me relax, but I’d walk in feeling ill and leave feeling like I could stand up straight and go to the gym.
Eat Frequent Small Meals
Eat tons and tons of very small meals and snacks, all day long and sometimes at night. If I didn’t do eat this way, I was sure to vomit. Fatty foods are harder to digest and should be avoided. (However, I do remember inhaling a ton of cheese.) I also drank quite a bit of green tea.
Take Prenatal Vitamins at Night
It did help me to take the prenatal vitamins at night, before bedtime. My doctor recommended this because the extra iron can be difficult to digest and it’s harder to feel nauseous during waking hours.
Carry Discreet Morning Sickness Bags
If you are sick to the point of vomiting, keep compact, easy to carry morning sickness bags in your purse in case you need to vomit on the go. They are cute, leak-proof and biodegradable. It’s the worst feeling in the world to feel sick and unprepared.
If you had morning sickness, what helped you?