Morning Sickness

About 50% of women experience morning sickness. It may be caused by nutritional deficiencies (B6 and zinc), changes in hormone levels, and/or the body's way of eliminating toxins. It tends to be worse between the 7th and 12th week of pregnancy, approximately 20% of women experience it beyond that point.

Tips on coping with morning sickness:

Diet and Nutrition

- Eat smaller, more frequent meals and snacks. Don't allow yourself to get too hungry.

- Don't overeat
- Don't have fluids at mealtimes. ( However, drink lots of fluids at other times, don't allow yourself to get dehydrated)
- Eat something before you get out of bed and start moving around in the morning
- Identify your triggers and avoid them, such as, offending food or odors.
- Take prenatal vitamins with meals.
- Don't force yourself to eat foods that make you gag just because they are good for you
- Avoid fatty or spicy food

Complementary Treatments:

Acupressure
- stimulate Pericardium 6 acupoint for 10 minutes 4 times a day, try wearing sea bands or acumagnets on the same acupoint day and night

Reflexology

Yoga and Meditation
- can ease nausea by relaxing the diaphragm

Western Herbalism
- eat ginger in any form
- herbal teas such as chamomile, fennel, or peppermint, drink a cup 3 times a day

Homeopathy
- morning sickness with irritability, Nux vomica 6c
- inability to keep anything down but nausea not relieved by vomiting, Ipecac 6c
- evening sickness and tearfulness, Pulsatilla 6c

Chiropractic
- realigns body and improves digestive function

Aromatherapy
- burning essential oils such as lemon, bergamot and peppermint


Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine