If you are looking up this blog, there is a good chance you already know “morning” sickness is a misnomer – that ish can come whenever and wherever she wants to! But joking aside, if you experience this part of pregnancy (and not all people do), you are not ok.
The range of what is normal morning sickness is expansive. It could hit as soon as you are peeing on a stick, or it could happen at a specific time every day regardless of what you eat (or don’t eat). It could happen only in the 1st trimester, or through your entire pregnancy. It’s wild to think all that is included in “normal,” like…do they even know what that word means?
(Yes. Yes, they do.)
If you are feeling nausea during your pregnancy, there is a good chance you would like to suppress or eliminate that feeling. It’s not one of the fun parts of pregnancy. Some things have been used throughout the years to help with morning sickness – some homeopathic, some not.
There are many kinds of ginger chews that are marketed to pregnant people. You can try those, and you can try things like ginger tea, ginger-rich meals, ginger candy, ginger cookies, or anything else with ginger (we recommend laying off the Moscow Mules though.) One of the reasons ginger is believed to help with morning sickness is because of 6-gingerol, is known to help relax gastrointestinal muscles. For this reason, ginger is also used for seasickness!
Peppermint is also an herb that is known to help with queasiness. Be it as an herbal tea, smelled through a diffuser, or as a candy, peppermint – and its cousin, Spearmint – are known to help with morning sickness. Peppermint has caused mild contractions in some people, so it is not suggested to not use large amounts of essential oils directly on large quantities of your body.
Sometimes it’s not about what you eat, but how you eat it. Many who experience morning sickness claim small meals makes a difference. Some people will eat before even leaving the bed, with a light start such as yogurt or like soup crackers or graham crackers, etc., and that will get them started well for the day. Then the chore is to stay on top of snacking at regular intervals and not overcoming ill feelings.
For those people who are suffering without any natural remedy seeming to help, thankfully, medical professionals know how to help. Zofran (ondansetron) is a drug that needs to be prescribed by your doctor but is a helpful tool to get through this part of your pregnancy. Zofran has been used in many settings to keep nausea and vomiting under control, such as with cancer patients, surgery patients, and radiation treatments.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
If available, consider seeing a trained doctor of Chinese medicine for your morning sickness. The herbs and training used to treat pregnancy symptoms go beyond taking a pill, and the thorough examination to make the right recommendations for you is a unique way to blend medicine and homeopathy.