You’re pregnant. And suffering from morning sickness. If it’s true that more than half (and maybe as many as 75%) of pregnant women get morning sickness, then shouldn’t there be tried-and-true information about how to relieve morning sickness by now?
Yes and no.
Like many symptoms and discomforts of pregnancy—morning sickness is a bit of a mystery. (Read our article, “What is Morning Sickness?” for more information.) What causes pregnancy morning sickness it is still being studied (although morning sickness could be a good thing, according to some research).
As for how to relieve morning sickness, there are dozens of solutions offered by thousands of midwives, obstetricians, and mothers everywhere. Some of these ways to relieve morning sickness may work for you, some may not.
Try out the following 10 tips alone, or in combination with one another, to figure out what will work best for you and your body.
How to Relieve Morning Sickness
Avoid an empty stomach.
Keep crackers or granola bars (the least sweet the better) handy at all times. In between meals, have a small snack—even if you’re not hungry. The goal is to avoid getting hungry since burbling stomach acids can trigger nausea.
Greet the day carefully and slowly.
Even before you get out of bed in the morning, nibble on crackers or dry toast. Don’t have anything to drink just yet. Wait until 20-30 minutes after having some food before you try to have some herbal morning sickness tea or juice.
Give morning sickness tea a try.
You have to stay hydrated, so you might as well make some of your fluid intake come from morning sickness tea to try to accomplish two goals at once. Morning Wellness Tea is a safe, organic herbal tea specially designed by a nurse and herbalist to help women get relief from pregnancy nausea.
Swap aggravating smells for helpful ones.
Carry around fresh lemon or lime peel to bring to your nose during a wave of nausea. When you feel ill, spritz Happy Mama Spray around you or on your wrists. It’s especially helpful when you’re near triggering scents.
Switch your prenatal vitamin regimen.
Prenatal vitamins are notorious for making pregnant women with morning sickness feel worse. If you suspect your prenatal horse pills are aggravating your nausea, try PeaPod Prenatal Vitamins: their extra-small size and formula is reported by reviewers to help avoid triggering morning sickness.
Take a vitamin B6 supplement.
Speaking of vitamins, taking 25 mg of vitamin B6 three times a day has been shown in clinical studies to help women with morning sickness feel better. B-Natal Green Apple Lozenges for Morning Sickness each contain 25 mg of vitamin B6 and are a tasty way to discreetly help keep your lunch down.
It’s not just an old wives’ tale: ginger has been proven to help relieve pregnancy morning sickness. You can drink ginger ale or ginger tea, eat ginger cookies and ginger bread with real pieces of ginger, put peeled ginger in water, suck on ginger tummydrops or even a whole ginger root. Don’t go overboard, though. Ginger is a strong substance and can make you feel worse if you take it too far.
Reach for something sour.
Sour pickles, lemons, grapefruit, and green apples may help calm morning sickness during pregnancy. Sour candies, like specially formulated Preggie Pop Drops, may also relieve your nausea.
Sea Bands-acupressure bands worn on the wrist to alleviate nausea from motion sickness-have been shown to help so many women with their pregnancy morning sickness that the makers of them created a special version for moms-to-be: the Sea Band Mama Acupressure Wristband.
Pregnant women comfortable with acupuncture may find relief from severe morning sickness symptoms. Health journals from Europe report on safe morning symptom relief from acupuncture.