Morning Sickness Remedies Moms Swear By
- January 17,2019
More than 50% of women will experience morning sickness (which, by the way, can strike at any time of the day), and, for most women, it isn’t cause for concern. That being said, sudden waves of nausea are no fun for anyone, so we thought we’d gather some of the best (and unexpected) remedies out there for you to try or to pass along to a friend who might be suffering from the need to puke at the slightest odor.
Please note, that if your morning sickness is severe, you may have a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum, which can be dangerous for you and your baby and requires medical attention. If you keep up with celebrity baby news, you may have heard of Amy Schumer’s tough time with her pregnancy; she’s been pretty transparent about her experience with hyperemesis gravidarum and that it's certainly no walk in the park. If your morning sickness is severe and you find you are unable to keep any food or liquids down for 24 hours, contact your doctor immediately.
The following remedies are suggestions to try if you are experiencing typical morning sickness.
Stuff Your Pockets with Scratch and Sniff Foods
Morning sickness can be set off by certain smells, so try moving about your day armed with a lemon or a section of ginger root. When a wave of nausea hits, scratch the peel and sniff to help cleanse your senses and settle your stomach. Lemon essential oil candles are a great way to keep this soothing smell going in your home, as well.
The high water content in watermelon is not only a way to stay hydrated, but can also help settle an upset stomach. Some other benefits that are especially helpful during pregnancy include soothing heartburn and reducing swelling. Watermelon is also rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that can boost your body’s immune system.
Choose Hand Lotion Strategically
If sniffing a lemon in the middle of Target isn’t quite up your alley, hand lotion can be a sneaky way to elicit the same effect on your tummy. Choose peppermint or lemon scented hand lotion to both calm you and settle your stomach when triggering odors take you by surprise.
Sip a Smoothie
Sipping a smoothing can help neutralize stomach acids and may be more palatable if your stomach churns at the thought of solid food. We found two nutrient-dense smoothie recipes that are specially crafted for morning sickness. Both incorporate ginger, a true superhero when it comes to settling the stomach: 1) Smoothie by Mama Natural 2) Smoothie by Healthy Smoothies HQ
Bland starches like saltines and toast may do the trick. Or, stick to the BRAT or BRATTY diets (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast, Tea, Yogurt). These foods are lower in fiber and easier on your digestive tract. Avoid any fatty, spicy, or overly seasoned foods.
Suck Sour Candy
Something sour like a lemon flavored hard candy may do the trick.
Stock Your Nightstand
Sometimes an empty stomach is the culprit that trips your morning sickness, so being armed with a quick and easy filler, like crackers, will help prevent this. If you wake up in the middle of the night with a growling stomach, chances are you’re not going to want to get out of bed and make the trek downstairs to find food. Likewise, having something simple, like Saltines, right by your bedside for when you first wake up can be an easy way to prevent a bout of nausea.
What remedies do you or other moms you know swear by? Share in the comments below. If you're currently suffering from morning sickness, we sincerely hope you find a remedy that works for you and feel better soon. Hang in there, mama!