Morning sickness is the most common problem in pregnancy, and it’s said at least half of all pregnant women will experience it to one degree or another. Some studies show as many as 80% of women will experience morning sickness during pregnancy. Some mommas will only experience nausea in the morning, while other’s it’s an all-day-all-night problem.
It is believed that a combination of factors play a large role in morning sickness, including sudden hormonal changes, like a rapid increase of chorionic gonadotrophin (CG), a change in dietary needs, insufficient amounts of B vitamins, insufficient amounts of proteins, and/or low blood sugar are the root causes of morning sickness.
Normally, thankfully, most women’s symptoms of morning sickness will significantly lessen or even disappear altogether by the end of the first trimester. However, some mommas aren’t that lucky, and they can be sick all throughout pregnancy. I was one of those unfortunate ones who was sick all 9 months with my first baby – and it was all day long – every day. I was even sick during most of my labor.
Unfortunately, some women may be diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, an extreme and severe case of debilitating sickness. Medically, HG is a diagnosis characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and electrolyte imbalances. HG can become so severe; some mommas end up in the hospital.
Elite Tips & Tricks
🖤 Getting enough protein is essential to avoid nausea. Make sure you are getting 80-100 gm a day. Protein right before bed may also help. You should avoid going long periods between meals and it’s important to snack on nourishing protein foods between meals. Yogurt, whole grain crackers with a nut butter like peanut butter, almond or hazelnut works great. Beans are a great source of protein as well.
If you can’t seem to keep anything down, try a broth containing equal parts barley and whole oats. Cook broth sufficiently, strain out the grains and add a little slippery elm powder and blend well, as slippery elm can be difficult to blend. Adding a dash of your favorite soup-seasoning mix will help the taste.
➳ 🖤 B6 is a must! Extra Vitamin B6 is extremely helpful. Pregnancy depletes the body of vitamin B quickly, so also adding foods rich in vitamin B is essential. Foods like whole grains, egg yolk, cabbage, and organic grass-fed meats – especially liver or other organ meats help to eliminate morning sickness. Link below! ➳ 🖤 Some women are deficient in hydrochloric acid, so taking supplements such as Betaine HCI, which is hydrochloric acid in tablet form, or Young Living Essentialzyme supplement.
➳ 🖤 Often nausea is linked to a deficiency in magnesium. You may want to take an extra mag supplement and or get a mag spray or gel to use topically. MegaCal is a delicious drink mix that’s not only rich in calcium, but it also has magnesium, both naturally derived from seawater and limestone, and it’s infused with our pure essential oils! Link below!
➳ 🖤 AlkaLime - with magnesium is infused with lemon and lime essential oils and organic whole lemon powder, AlkaLime also features enhanced effervescence formula with biochemical mineral cell salts. Link below! ➳
🖤 Sea-Band Acupressure Bands
🖤 OTC option ➳ A combination of B6 (4 times a day) with Unison (Doxylamine 25 mg) 1 Doxylamine tablet (25 mg) at night. 1/2 tablet in the morning and 1/2 in the afternoon. (safe for pregnancy and effective) works like magic!
My Favorite Herbs and Essential Oils for Morning Sickness
🖤 Elite Essentials Nausea Relief Blend This blend helps alleviate nausea by blocking the receptor pathways of nausea in the brain. 5 Peppermint
Put in a 10 mL roller bottle and fill to top with FCO.
Simply rub in your palms and inhale then apply to your pulse points including inside forearms, back of your neck and ears as often as needed.
TIP: This blend can be diffused, and spearmint can be added or substituted for peppermint for even longer periods of relief.
🖤 Oils that help are; Most helpful is a drop of copaiba just under your tongue, as well as a combo of cardamom and Wild Orange behind the ears and back of your neck, and peppermint just under the nose.
➳ TIP: Copaiba in clear vegetable capsules are amazing to help curb the nausea and this is a fantastic option for women who cannot tolerate taking EOs internally very well. Other options are: DiGize Ginger Fennel Sandalwood
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Wild yam root – balances hormonal production and is one of the best remedies for morning sickness. Sipping wild yam tea throughout the day – about ¼ cup every hour or 2 significantly helps a lot of women. Make a tea using 2 parts wild yam, 1 part dandelion root, and 1 part chaste berry . You may also want to make a tincture using 2 parts wild yam root, 1 part dandelion root, ¼ part ginger root, and ½ part vitex (chaste berry). Take ¼ teaspoon 3 times a day. You can take frequently throughout the day for extreme nausea.
Ginger root tea using 1-2 teaspoons fresh ginger root and honey and lemon to taste works very well. The tea can be served at room temperature, but do not make iced tea, as cold liquids can be irritating to the system causing further nausea. Ginger root powder or ginger essential oil can be added to a clear vegetable capsule and taken during the day.
Ginger and peppermint tea using 1-2 teaspoons fresh ginger root and 1 teaspoon peppermint. After the ginger root has simmered, remove from heat and add peppermint to each cup of tea. Cover and let infuse for 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey to taste.
Comment below with your favorite tips and tricks for morning sickness!
Vicki - The Elite Doula