According to the American Pregnancy Association, more than half of all pregnant women experience morning sickness. Nausea and occasional vomiting during pregnancy, both symptoms of increasing hormone levels in the body, also indicate that the placenta is developing well. For most women, morning sickness will subside after the first trimester. If you suffer from morning sickness, there are several safe and effective home remedies to try.
Crackers in Bed
Keep a box of crackers by your bed. Eat a couple of crackers---while propped up in bed---15 minutes before you get out of bed. The crackers help bring your blood sugar up a little and absorb some of the acid in your stomach before you get up, so you feel less queasy in the morning. Bland crackers or dry toast help with nausea any time of day.
Not in the Mood for Crackers
Two of nature's most effective nausea remedies---ginger and peppermint---can be used during pregnancy. According to Mayo Clinic obstetrician Dr. Roger W. Harms, sucking on hard candy may be helpful in relieving nausea and vomiting. Keep a jar of peppermint candies or ginger drops next to your bed and suck on one before getting up. Ginger or peppermint tea can help with morning sickness, but when enjoying tea during pregnancy make sure it's caffeine-free and all natural. Ginger capsules also can be taken to combat morning sickness. Discuss taking ginger during pregnancy with your doctor, who can recommend what brand and how much to take.
Some studies show a benefit from wearing an acupressure wrist band---used for seasickness---to treat nausea. The Mayo Clinic suggests acupressure and acupuncture could provide morning sickness relief for some women; this is another option that should be discussed with your doctor.
Changes in your daily routine also can help relieve morning sickness. Have a small high protein, high carbohydrate snack before bed. Eat more small meals throughout the day and avoid letting your stomach get completely empty. Exercise regularly and take naps, if possible, during the day.
Sometimes during pregnancy, the smell of cooking food can make you sick to your stomach. Avoid odors that make you feel queasy, and let someone else cook for you if possible. If you experience severe nausea and vomiting and can find no relief at home, medical treatment may be necessary.