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Morning Sickness: Nature’s Safety Mechanism & Natural Remedi

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There’s good news and bad news about morning sickness. The bad news is about 80% of expectant Mothers suffer from varying degrees of morning sickness, nausea, vomiting or both during the first three months of pregnancy. The degrees of morning sickness can not only vary women to women but also from pregnancy to pregnancy of the same woman. Some expectant Mommies are ill in the morning and recover about noon, while some are nauseas all day, wondering why it’s called morning sickness.

What causes morning sickness?

The traditional school of thought was during the first trimester of pregnancy there is a surge of hormones and levels hit an all time high. This levels out in the second trimester and morning sickness usually subsides at this point. However there has been recent evidence that morning sickness may be Mother Nature's way of keeping harmful food toxins out of women's bodies and away from developing babies, say researchers from the University of Liverpool.

Researchers analyzed 56 previous studies from 21 countries, and concluded that morning sickness may have evolved as a way to prevent miscarriages brought on by ingesting harmful foods such as meat, alcohol, sugar and oils. Eating particular foods may not be as dangerous now as it was before the invention of refrigeration and food safety measures, women's bodies may be "pre-programmed by evolution" to avoid certain foods in the first few months of pregnancy. “It may be that the nausea women feel towards certain foodstuffs could be helpful, and that although it is inconvenient and miserable, their nausea could be Mother Nature's way of avoiding problems in pregnancy for both mother and fetus," says Dr. Craig Roberts, lead researcher.

The most important part of a baby’s development happens in the first trimester, so it that may be why nature might include a safety mechanism such as morning sickness. Important recommendations are for expectant Mommies to avoid alcohol, smoking and drugs while pregnant, and to eat healthy foods and get adequate levels of folic acid.

The good new is there are many remedies, pharmaceutical and natural, that can help. You just have to keep trying one remedy after another until you find the one that your body responds to. However, it remains a mystery as to the reason behind why some women are affected by nausea while others remain free from it.

Home remedies have been becoming increasingly popular in light of rising medical costs, as they are inexpensive, safe, natural and free from serious side effects. I’ve collected a whole bunch of ‘em. There is bound to be something here to help no matter whether your morning sickness consists of a little morning nausea or the all day eat and throw up variety. However, be sure to contact your caregiver if the nausea and vomiting becomes unbearable or causes you to lose weight.

• Get plenty of rest.
• Graze. Eat frequent, small meals. You may want to eat five to six times a day rather than having three big meals. Sometimes, hunger pangs bring on the feelings of nausea. That's because acids in the stomach have nothing to digest when there's no food around.
• Chew your food thoroughly.
• Stick to bland foods. Spicy foods are not a good choice right now.
• Choose complex carbohydrates. Pasta, bread, potatoes -- the foods you think of as starches -- are easier to digest and they're soothing.
• Make sure you are sufficiently hydrated. Dehydration can bring about nausea. Expectant mothers must drink 8 glasses of water a day.
• Vitamin B6. A number of physicians recommend taking a supplement of this vitamin -- the usual dose is 10 to 25 milligrams three times a day -- to combat the nausea of morning sickness. Talk to your doctor before trying a supplement, however, and be sure not to exceed 75 milligrams of the vitamin each day.
• Special sea bands are sold in health food stores that help curb that "green: feeling caused by both morning and motion sickness." Place these bands three-quarters of an inch down your wrist. They have done wonders for some.
• Some women claim that going and having acupuncture done by a reputable doctor is remarkable. Be sure he or she knows you are pregnant and the reason for your visit.
• Try adding oils made of natural grapefruit, orange, mandarin or lime to your bathwater. There's an ingredient in citrus that seems to help overcome the feelings of nausea.
• Make sure your stomach is never completely empty. Carry fruit, cheese and/or crackers around with you to nibble on throughout the day.
• Keep a snack by the bed for when you get up during the night to visit the bathroom or soothe one of the kids.
• Also keep a snack by the bed to eat before you lift your head from the pillow in the morning. Then, get up slowly.
• Avoid sudden moves. Don't change your posture quickly, as you do when you get out of bed quickly.
• Eat a high protein snack before bed at night.
• Eat a diet high in carbohydrates and protein, low in fats.
• Eat salty, crunchy foods.
• Sniff a fresh lemon peel.
• Make sure your breads and crackers are whole grain.
• Drink wheat germ dissolved in warm milk, a few teaspoons every hour.
• Take 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon honey in cold water before bed.
• Avoid strong odors and stuffy or smoky rooms.
• Suck a piece of peeled ginger root.
• Drink red raspberry leaf, peppermint, or spearmint tea.
• Drink ginger tea made by boiling some ginger root in water. Strain it and add honey to sweeten. Ginger has been known for centuries for its healing powers and is especially great for an upset stomach.
• If you are vomiting a lot, try limiting your diet to a single food, one that you know you can tolerate. Add one additional food per day as you can tolerate them.
• Put three drops of lavender essential oil and one of peppermint in a diffuser or humidifier to scent the air.
• Place a cool lavender scented compress on your forehead and a warm lavender compress over your rib cage.
• Get a massage with chamomile massage oil.
• Drink liquids between rather than with meals.
• Avoid greasy foods.
• Snack on ginger snap cookies, homemade and with real ginger, if possible.
• Chew gum.
• Get regular, gentle exercise like taking a walk to get fresh air.
• Try taking your vitamins later in the day.
• Try changing your iron supplement.
• Give in to your food cravings, but don’t eat excessively.
• Sip a carbonated beverage.
• Get plenty of fresh air.
• Try tart flavors; lemonade, sour pickles, etc.
• Don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating.
• Lie completely still with your eyes closed.
• Suck on frozen popsicles, especially lemonade.

Don't forget to brush. If you do succumb to vomiting, take good care of your teeth by brushing afterward or at least rinse your mouth if you can't brush right away. Otherwise, the frequent contact with the harsh acids in your vomit can eat away at tooth enamel.

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