Morning sickness is an unwelcome physical symptom that affects roughly 70 to 85 percent of all pregnant women. Easing the nausea and vomiting that morning sickness brings on depends on the severity of your individual symptoms. Before you jump to a pharmacological treatment, starting with a natural remedy can soothe your stomach without medicating your baby too.
Changing the way that you eat—in terms of the number and size of your meals—can affect your morning sickness, suggests nutritionist Carina Norris, who recommends eating several small meals throughout the day. Prevent the rocky feeling of an empty stomach by snacking on smaller than average portions every two to three hours. Likewise, sipping fluids—such as plain water—throughout the day can keep you from feeling too full while providing the hydration that you need after vomiting.
A Snap with Ginger
Ginger has a long history of being used to treat nausea and stomach ailments. Recent research shows that one gram of ginger per day for no more than four days in a row can reduce the nausea and vomiting of morning sickness, notes a posting from the University of Maryland Medical Center. Before trying this dietary fix, talk to your doctor about the benefits of using ginger in your pregnancy. Ginger-flavored foods such as ginger ale may not have enough of the real ingredient to work effectively. Instead, stick to ginger root or products made from the root.
Carbs Versus Fats
Pregnancy isn't a time to worry about your swimsuit figure. Even if avoiding carbs was a daily task in your pre-pregnancy life, doing so after you've conceived won't help to relieve your morning sickness. Eating high-carbohydrate, low-fat foods provides a natural way to ease the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, according to "Patient Information: Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy," written by three Texas researchers. Keeping the carbs plain and eating foods such as toast or baked potatoes, can also help ease a rocky tummy.
If you're looking for a way to reduce your morning sickness that doesn't involve food, wristbands offer a way to reduce the sickness without ingesting anything. Anti-nausea wristbands press on pulse points to help alleviate that uncomfortable nauseous feeling, according to health journalist Julie Revelant's article "11 Natural Ways to Relieve Morning Sickness." If the wristbands don't help to remedy the situation, you can continue trying pressure point therapy with a licensed acupuncturist. Talk to your doctor about this therapy beforehand, and make sure that your acupuncturist has training and experience treating pregnant women.