Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of every expecting parent. The anticipation of the joy your little one will soon bring into your life is all worth waiting for. For many of us, pregnancy passes by as a gentle breeze, pleasant and comfortable. Then there are those “lucky” ladies who can’t stomach any food because they are so ridden with morning sickness. Morning sickness is an uncomfortable condition that often troubles women in the first trimester of pregnancy and occurs in 50-80% of all moms to be. Its the bodies reaction to the sudden change in hormone level due to pregnancy. Morning sickness unfortunately doesn’t only occur in the morning, it can strike at any time throughout the day, and even wake you up in the middle of the night.
When I was pregnant, I had severe morning sickness. Guess what my doctor told me to do every morning before getting out of bed? Drink some soda! Yes, you read that right - soda! The stuff that eats away your stomach lining, not to mention it’s very high in bone dissolving phosphorus and is made out of pure junk. He told me it will relieve my morning sickness. Ehhmmm. So anyway, I didn’t drink soda but I did try out a more natural way. There are plenty of natural ways that can help reduce the severity of the morning sickness that are safe for both the expectant mother and baby.
Vitamin B6 greatly reduces morning sickness. In fact, it has been used for decades with much success. I started consuming a lot of food rich in Vitamin B6 such as bananas, wild salmon, baked potatoes with skin on, spinach and other sources full of the much needed Vitamin B6. I had relief within a few days. For those gals who can’t think of keeping food down, try the Vitamin B6 supplement (50mg daily). It really does help! Of course you should always discuss all supplements with your midwife or doctor before consumption.
Some other suggestions for relieving morning sickness are:
- Get out of bed slowly, for some reason it helps.
- Grate some ginger into your cup of tea.
- Avoid greasy, spicy and fried foods
- Red Raspberry Leaf tea has been shown to help relieve morning sickness (consult your midwife)
- Try eating smaller meals per time.