Morning sickness is one of the most well-known pregnancy symptoms. Typically it appears in early pregnancy, but for some women it doesn’t manifest until the third trimester. Morning sickness is something of a misnomer as it can strike at any time during the day. Women can experience everything from occasional nausea to vomiting repeatedly. Thankfully there’s more to morning sickness remedies than Saltines and ginger ale. Long Island Mamas surveyed local readers and put together a list of drug-free fixes for morning sickness remedies.
Dust off Grandma’s chicken soup recipe. There may not be a scientific rationale, but a good homemade chicken soup just makes everything better. Make it organic for an even healthier option. Read our post on how to buy organic foods without spending more than usual with local resources listed.
Products made with real ginger can help soothe an unsettled stomach. Tea and taffy-like “ginger chews” are easily portable and work quickly. If the taste of ginger is unappealing, the smell can also help. Purchase a piece of ginger root, slice into small pieces and sniff.
It seems counter intuitive, but sour liquids help limit queasiness. The body can’t process the sour flavor and nausea at the same time. If sugar intake is a concern, put lemon slices in water and drink throughout the day.
For some women, mints have a cooling effect on the throat and stomach. Teas, candies, and even ice cream can help. Read our post to find ice cream shops on Long Island.
Acupressure has been useful for battling a variety of illnesses. Sea Bands target nausea. They’re simply bracelets with a plastic disc. The disc puts constant pressure on a specific point on the wrist and lessens the feelings of queasiness.
Many women feel their worst with an empty stomach. If possible, keep a stash of snacks nearby and munch on them throughout the day. Read our posts for DIY travel snacks and bakeries on Long Island to visit for those with dietary restrictions.
Morning sickness is (usually) temporary. The duration of suffering varies by woman, and different pregnancies come with different symptoms. Many women report an improvement by the end of the first trimester.
Speak with a doctor or midwife before trying any of these remedies. Extreme cases of morning sickness (characterized by chronic vomiting, dizziness, excessive weight loss or potential dehydration) should be reported to a practitioner.
By Rachel Minkowsky
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