by A. Grano on May 24th, 2010 at 7:00 am
‘Morning sickness’ can a bit of a misnomer, as it can occur any time of the day and afflicts almost 80% of women with nausea and/or vomiting during the first trimester. Morning sickness tends to peak in severity between weeks 6 and 12, with hormonal changes and heightened sensitivity to smell two commonly cited causes.
Have a Good Morning (or Day), Mama!
Avoid foods or smells that trigger nausea as best you can, and also avoid having an empty stomach (which can exacerbate or even cause nausea). Smaller meals comprised of wholesome, unprocessed foods eaten more frequently are better than larger, spaced out meals. Limit rich, fatty, or highly-spiced foods as well.
Natural Support for Morning Sickness
Certain natural ingredients can help settle the stomach and even reduce revulsion to certain foods and smells:
- Peppermint supports digestion and promotes the flow of bile, thus helping to calm the stomach.
- Ginger has been shown to be very effective in relieving nausea.
- Ferrum phos (D6) helps settle the stomach and has bonus effects for pregnancy: it is also an excellent tonic for the urinary tract, helping to tone the muscles of the bladder.
- Nat mur (D6), a biochemic tissue salt, is effective for relieving common feelings of nausea and also helps to maintain normal salivation levels within the mouth.
- Nat phos (D6) helps to maintain normal pH in the body and also supports healthy digestion.
- Nux vom (30C) is a natural remedy well known for its supportive properties for the digestive system.
Remember, always check with your doctor before trying any new remedies, and always source your herbal and homeopathic remedies from a reputable supplier to maintain the integrity, balance and therapeutic effects intended by nature!
Good Morning Mama ™ is a homeopathic remedy that relieves nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy.