Inside: Want fast relief from morning sickness? Try this list of tried-and-true ideas to treat morning sickness during your pregnancy.
You’re 3 months pregnant. Trying to enjoy every moment of this beautiful miracle happening inside your body. But hovering over a toilet for hours isn’t exactly your idea of motherhood bliss.
Morning sickness can certainly feel unbearable. And when you’re going through the first trimester, it can feel like there is no end in sight.
Sigh. I’ve. Been. There. Mama!
In fact, 99.9% of expectant mothers have most likely been there too!
You are NOT alone.
I experienced morning sickness with all of my pregnancies, and unfortunately, it never got any easier with the next. In fact, being nauseous while caring for a toddler was extremely difficult, and when the third pregnancy came along I felt like I was fighting an uphill battle.
So it’s no wonder I’ve had to do tons of research when it came to finding natural ways to relieve nausea. I was ready to try anything with this most recent pregnancy. Everything from different herbs and foods to homeopathic remedies.
What I found was that unfortunately, things that worked for some didn’t always work for others. But going through the list below helped me find relief little by little.
25 ways to treat morning sickness
Ginger is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of nausea relief. Whether it’s raw ginger, ginger ale or even ginger snap cookies, it comes in various forms.
I assumed if this sworn-by remedy didn’t work for me one time, I was out of luck. NOT TRUE. Each and every pregnancy is different and you may find relief in different remedies each time, so try to keep an open mind if it doesn’t work for you immediately.
Peppermint was a God-send during my most recent pregnancy! I was really surprised how sucking on a few peppermint candies helped me temporarily cope with severe morning sickness. Many moms swear by it.
Lemon was another taste and scent that provided much nausea relief. Whether it was adding a lemon slice to my water or inhaling some natural oils, it worked!
Starch can work wonders for nausea in general. That’s why many moms like to keep a stash of crackers by their nightstand or in their pockets on-the-go. I’d recommend buying the individual packed crackers like these you can easily grab on the go.
Similar to crackers, the whole-grains and starch provided in toast and breads can help fight nauseousness well.
6. Herbal Teas
Natural ways to alleviate nausea are definitely a must during pregnancy. Stick with basic herbs mentioned like lemon, ginger or mint. If they don’t provide relief over time, you may find that a combination of them will work wonders.
Whether it’s that added salt or starch boost you needed, snacking on pretzels can help ease morning sickness.
8. Potato chips
Just like crackers and pretzels, nibbling on snacks like potato chips throughout the day can be great for quelling nausea. And don’t bee too hard on yourself for indulging in a bag of chips every now and then — trust me if it’s relieving the pain of morning sickness it’s doing its job!
When you can’t fathom ingesting much, ice pops may be just what you need to keep hydrated and alleviate feelings of nausea. So many moms even find creating homemade popsicles with frozen fruits provides extra energy.
Dehydration can easily lead to feelings of nausea. Make sure you always have a glass of water or BPH-free water bottle with you wherever you go. (Lemons were always nearby my water glass too!)
Oftentimes morning sickness can be triggered by an empty stomach. Eating protein-rich foods like nuts can give you the energy boost you need to feel better. If you aren’t too nuts for plain nuts, you can get creative and incorporate them into foods you already enjoy like yogurts or choosing granola bars with almonds and chocolates.
Bananas have many nutritional benefits and during pregnancy, they can be amazing for helping to ease gastro- symptoms including vomiting and nausea.
Similar to bananas, apples are another fruit that have been used to stop stomach acidity and treat vomiting in severe cases.
When you can’t keep solid foods down, Jell-O may be just what the doctor prescribed. It is light, filling and is better than an empty stomach!
15. Hard candies
So many moms swear by hard candies like jolly ranchers or mints. Maybe it’s the little flavor or blood-sugar boost that helps alleviate nausea for so many. (For me peppermint candies were my go-to the third time around!) Whatever, the case, this is definitely an easy option to try for treating your morning sickness on the go!
If you’re looking to go with a more natural option, try the morning sickness sweets by Pink Stork which include Vitamin B6 and ginger to relieve nausea or you can try, Preggo Pop Drops, which are a bit more affordable and a best-seller!
Similar to hard candies, chewing flavored gum has helped quell morning sickness for many, at least temporarily.
17. Essential oils
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are probably familiar with essential oils, which have been known to work wonders for a variety of issues. Peppermint, lemon, mandarin, and lime seem to work best for nausea symptoms. The great thing about them? They are all-natural and offer a variety of application options: inhaling, applying onto the skin and even ingesting most when diluted. Just remember to find a trusted essential oil brand because not all are created equally!
Calming and relaxing scents like lavender and eucalyptus can be very therapeutic. Just be sure they are not overpowering and actually exacerbate nausea.
Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat various ailments. Everything from back pain relief to fertility and nausea. It may be something to consider if you’re facing severe morning sickness and can’t find anything that works temporarily.
20. Small, frequent meals
An empty stomach can lead to nausea symptoms instantly. That’s why doctors recommend pregnant women eat small but frequent meals. Snacking throughout the day helps to keep your body in balance.
21. Avoid spicy/greasy foods
Spicy foods can trigger even more nausea so try to avoid them as much as possible if you are experiencing morning sickness with meals.
22. Cold meals
Many expectant parents find that cold meals are better than hotter ones when managing nausea. It may be something new worth exploring.
Vitamin B6 may help reduce nausea significantly when taken with food. Just be sure to check with your doctor before you start loading up, as your prenatal vitamin may already contain sufficient amounts.
For natural sources of Vitamin B6 choose foods like wholegrain wheat and other cereals, seeds and nuts, fruits such as bananas or papayas, beans, legumes, fish, and lean meats.
Stress can lead to many issues, including nausea. Taking a nap, listening to music, treating yourself to a pedicure or prenatal massage can help keep your worries at bay and alleviate nasty pregnancy symptoms.
Oftentimes, sleep is the one remedy that will work for everyone experiencing morning sickness. And not just to alleviate your suffering at the moment — more sleep each night restores your energy reserves you need to reduce fatigue and stress associated with morning sickness.
So go to bed a little early each night, take a nap when you’re tired and get that much-needed rest your body needs to manage morning sickness effectively.
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Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a prenatal and postpartum educator at MommysBundle.com.