I had it for both of my pregnancies - unrelenting, all-day nausea + vomiting. For 4 months.
My appetite disappeared (but I HAD to eat or I felt worse). My skin turned pale. I lost weight. All I wanted to do was lie perfectly still and hope with all my might that I would fall asleep. [It was that bad].
Needless to say, my first few months of pregnancy were not glamorous and radiant. I was in survival mode, trying every possible remedy (except prescription medications - I didn't feel comfortable with that).
Since my last pregnancy, quite a few natural remedies have come out or become more popular. As far as I know, this is a comprehensive list. If you know of any others, please leave a comment.
Acupressure bands ($5-$20)
Marketed and manufactured by a variety of companies, these drug-free brands utilize pressure to bring nausea relief. These bands are also commonly used as a natural remedy for motion sickness. I tried them for my second and third pregnancies with little success. [Pictured: Psi Bands]
Beaute de Maman Dietary Herbal Supplement for Pregnancy Related Nausea ($15.99 for a box of 30 capsules)
These tasteless, odorless capsules are all-natural and use a combination of Ginger, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, & Lime to counteract nausea. The instructions are to take one capsule twice a day.
B-natal Therapops or Lozenges ($15.99 for 28 pops or lozenges)
According to the website, Vitamin B6 is the only scientifically proven treatment that consistently works to alleviate the nausea and vomiting of morning sickness. Choose between a cherry pop or a green apple lozenge.
Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Morning Wellness Tea ($5.97 for 16 tea bags)
100% organic and certified kosher. Blended with stomach settling ginger root and spearmint, a safe hint of peppermint, and soothing chamomile and lemon balm with just a twist of orange peel for flavor. Drink your nausea away (no, not THAT kind of drinking...Tea, people!).
Mommy's Bliss Morning Sickness Magic ($14.99 for 60 capsules)
Contains Ginger, B-6, Red Raspberry Leaf, and Folic Acid. Take one flavorless veggie capsule four times in a 24 hour period. Works to actively PREVENT (as well as treat) nausea. 100% all-natural. Look for improvement of symptoms within 3-5 days.
Preggie Pops and Drops ($3.97 for 7 pops or $5.50 for 21 drops)
Naturally-flavored lollipops and lozenges, formulated for pregnant women. Available in: Sour Lemon, Sour Raspberry, Green Apple, Sour Tangerine, Peppermint, Spearmint, Lavender, and Ginger. [Side Note: I've never understood the Lavender flavor. Eeewww.]
Tranquil Tummy Saltine Crackers With Ginger ($9.95 for a box of 12)
I pretty much lived on Saltine crackers for my first trimester so it makes sense that a company would market them as a morning sickness aid - with a boost of ginger (which is world-renowned as a digestive aid).
Other common remedies include: sucking on lemons, eating or drinking ginger, and avoiding an empty stomach.
Note: I'm not pregnant (at least, I don't think I am). ;)
Note2: It was all worth it. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Did you experience morning sickness? If so, did you try any of these remedies? Which ones worked for you?
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