Morning sickness remedies––you need them, and you need them fast! Well, mama, I’m glad you’re here. Because like you, I am all too familiar with the way the first trimester can leave you feeling absolutely joyful and completely horrible at the exact same time.
It’s like the ultimate irony actually, the way pregnancy can make you feel like such, well, crap. But you’re in luck because with these tips you’ll be feeling a lot more comfortable while you ride out the discomfort of your pregnancy nausea.
There’s actually a lot you can do! And remember, what works for one mama, may not work for you, so be sure to try a couple of the ideas here to see what your body responds to.
Our top morning sickness remedies are:
- Timing your prenatal vitamin right
- Preggie Pop Drops
- Acupressure bands
- Bland food options
- Smaller, frequent meals
- Chewing gum
So, let’s dive into the details of the best morning sickness remedies to help you cope at work, maybe take care of your other kids, or simply just exist, without that constant, nagging, “I’m gonna throw up” feeling you know all too well.
10 Morning sickness remedies to try today
1. Ginger for Morning Sickness
Ginger is a well-known spice that boasts a ton of health benefits, perhaps most notable, is its ability to aid digestion and treat nausea. With that in mind, ginger just might be the ticket to relieving your pregnancy nausea.
In a 2014 study involving just shy of 1300 women, ginger was found to be very effective at quelling nausea compared to the mamas in the placebo group. However, the same study found that ginger did not have a positive effect on lessening episodes of vomiting. Anecdotally, many mamas swear by ginger tea to help their morning sickness.
Because ginger is a natural remedy, there are little to no negative effects, and it’s readily available, why not give it a go? For best results, opt for fresh or crystallized ginger, but dried or powdered ginger may be effective as well.
You can try grating ginger into tea, chewing on thinly sliced raw ginger, or adding ginger to smoothies. All-natural ginger sodas can also do the trick!
2. Probiotics as a Morning Sickness Remedy
With more and more research on the positive effects of probiotics, it’s no surprise that they just might play a role in reducing pregnancy nausea, too. So many of our body’s functions are rooted in gut health.
In 2010, researchers found a link between severe pregnancy nausea (Hyperemesis Gravidarum) and the presence of a particular strain of bad gut bacteria (source). How can this help you?
Well, there’s no specific research that looks at the gut bacteria of women with “regular” morning sickness, but taking a probiotic is a great way to be on the defense. It will introduce and balance good bacteria in your gut which in turn can help reduce or prevent nausea.
Again, anecdotally lots of pregnant mamas say that when they started to take a daily probiotic or even added yogurt to their diet, they saw an improvement in their symptoms.
3. Take Your Prenatal Vitamin with Food
Taking prenatal vitamins are an essential part of pregnancy, and one of the first things you should start doing after getting a positive pregnancy test. But sometimes, your prenatal can make your nausea a whole lot worse.
If possible, take your prenatal vitamin after eating a snack or at the end of the day, instead of in the morning on an empty stomach. What’s more, some prenatal vitamins have extra iron which can be extra hard on the stomach.
Ask your provider about switching to a prenatal without iron while you’re experiencing morning sickness and then switch back when your symptoms ease up.
4. Try Sucking On Lollipops or Lozenges, Like Preggie Pop Drops
Sucking on lollipops or lozenges is a highly effective morning sickness remedy that you can use absolutely anywhere! Simply keep a stash in your bag, car, desk, or on the kitchen counter for easy access.
Our line of Preggie Pops and Drops are specially formulated to be a super-effective morning sickness remedy. They’re made from all-natural ingredients, and the flavors were carefully chosen to combat nausea. Preggie Pops and Drops provide relief from dry mouth, utilize aromatherapy, and generally ease the nausea associated with morning sickness right on the spot.
5. Learn About B6 for Morning Sickness
Many studies have shown Vitamin B6 is highly effective at reducing symptoms of morning sickness for most pregnant mamas. A University of Michigan health report and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend 10-25 mg of Vitamin B6 three times per day for the treatment of morning sickness.
Our Preggie Plus line contains a full 10 mg of vitamin B6 in each drop to maximize the nausea fighting power.
6. Use Acupressure Bands (they’re not just for boats!)
Acupressure is a powerful tool when it comes to pain management and nausea relief. And as a morning sickness remedy, it’s a good one to try! Acupressure bands, commonly called “sea bands”, are a tight, stretchy, fabric band that you wear on your wrist. The bands have a small plastic knob, that when positioned correctly, hit a pressure point on your wrist that helps relieve nausea.
If you’re interested in trying this out without the bands, find pressure point P-6 on your wrist, which is located about three fingers below your wrist crease. Then, apply pressure to the point with your thumb for two to three minutes (source).
7. Choose Bland Food Options
If you’re like most pregnant women experiencing morning sickness, you’re probably already surviving on a diet of mostly carbs, and that’s totally fine. Later on in pregnancy, you can focus on all the healthy foods you should eat during pregnancy, but for now, trust that your body knows what to do.
In fact, foods that are especially fatty, greasy, or spicy are known to aggravate morning sickness. According to The Mayo Clinic, eating foods that are high in protein but low in fat may help. Bland foods that are easy to digest like those from the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, apple sauce, and toast) are also good options.
8. Eat Frequent, Small Meals
In addition to paying attention to what you eat, eating more frequent, smaller meals make a HUGE difference. In fact, this might be the most universally effective morning sickness remedy on the list. If you’ve had morning sickness for any length of time now, you’ve probably noticed that it’s more pronounced when your stomach is either too full or too empty.
By eating small snacks or meals every 1-2 hours, you can keep nausea at bay. For first thing in the morning, you can try keeping some crackers or an apple sauce pouch on your nightstand. Eat something before you even get out of bed to help relieve the nausea that’s so common first thing in the morning.
9. Aromatherapy Is an Effective Morning Sickness Remedy
Aromatherapy hasn’t been explicitly studied for morning sickness relief, but for centuries it has been used to effectively treat nausea. The idea is that by inhaling certain scents, you can ward off the feeling of nausea associated with morning sickness.
Essential oils such as lavender, ginger, peppermint, spearmint, lemon, orange peel, or cardamom may be especially helpful. Closely related to Aromatherapy is massage, which is also beneficial while pregnant.
10. Try Chewing Mint Gum
Spearmint and peppermint are two herbs that are very effective at treating nausea and upset stomach. A great way to get those benefits on the go is in the form of a strong, minty chewing gum. This is an especially great tip for when you’re at work or in the car.
Chewing mint gum also has an aromatic effect which might appeal to the idea of aromatherapy to treat morning sickness.
Find a morning sickness remedy that works and feel better, mama!
I know that when you’re in it, morning (okay, all day) sickness seems to last forever. It’s seriously the worst. But I promise you, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! And with these 10 morning sickness remedies, you’re bound to find at least one that provides some relief.
So here’s to the end of your pregnancy nausea, a healthy pregnancy, and finding a morning sickness remedy that actually works!
By: Alli Wittbold