Morning sickness relief
The joy of finding out you're pregnant, followed by the not-so-joyful morning sickness!
Morning sickness is considered a normal part of pregnancy. It is mostly an affliction of trimester one, but can often extend into trimester two and for the very unfortunate women all the way through trimester three until the birth!
What causes morning sickness?
The science behind it is still largely unknown, though there are some hormones that are associated with how severely you may suffer.
Morning sickness is thought to be worse in women with high oestrogen, or high cortisol (please find me a woman who has low cortisol in this modern day lifestyle!). Though this isn't a hard and fast rule, it would be a great idea to de-stress before falling pregnant. In fact, some women struggle to fall pregnant while stressed, and it is a common factor when seeking assistance for infertility.
Symptoms of morning sickness include nausea, vomiting, headaches and migraines, fatigue, food aversions, and that awful queasy feeling that lasts all day. Some women respond well to eating small snacks, whereas others can't eat a thing! Some feel relief after a vomit, whereas others never vomit but feel ill all day. Some even get it at night rather than in the morning!
Morning sickness is so unpredictable that it can be so different between pregnancies as well. You may have had an easy run with your first pregnancy but be suffering a lot more second time around.
As part of our Trimester One Subscriptions, we have found some of our favourite products to help you overcome your morning sickness, or at the very least support you through it!
Natural morning sickness relief
One of the most commonly searched pregnancy terms is 'pregnancy morning sickness relief'. Most women experience some kind of morning sickness. The best relief for morning sickness is yet to be found. Wouldn't it be amazing if there was one thing that worked on all of us?!
When does morning sickness start?
Some women experience it from the moment they conceive. I personally feel a bit off from about 3 weeks conception onwards. Others don't experience it until the placenta has attached at around 6-8 weeks. Like the symptoms, when you get morning sickness is also very individual.
When does morning sickness stop?
Most women experience morning sickness through their first trimester, with their symptoms reducing around 11-13 weeks. However, there is a portion of women who continue to experience it up until around 20 weeks.
As you can see, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to morning sickness - you may have mild symptoms, or you may have severe migraines or hyperemesis that require hospitalisation. It might come and go, or stick around for your entire pregnancy. It might start straight away or not until half way through trimester one, and it will stop when it feels like it!
So, how do you stop morning sickness?
You'll hear of a lot of old wives tales or stories from friends about how eating crackers, or taking a particular supplement, or using an essential oil, helped stop morning sickness. Let's cover some of my favourite things to do when you're trying to cope.
If you're planning to fall pregnant, make an attempt to slow down your life and lower your stress levels. This might be work stress, emotional stress, or even a heavy exercise/training schedule. Be sure to eat well, drink lots of water, and don't rely on stimulants to get you through the day. Slowing down your lifestyle allows your body to produce less cortisol (your stress hormone), which has been associated with both difficulty falling pregnant, and higher chance of morning sickness symptoms.
Ride the waves
So you're already pregnant and suffering from morning sickness. Don't add to your stress by fighting it or being frustrated at it. Ride it out, it will pass, as awful as it can be, it will pass.
Go for a walk, do some yoga
Move your body! Sunshine and gentle movement can do wonders for your nervous system. It can help you lower your cortisol levels, improve your brain's alertness, and sometimes will reduce your morning sickness symptoms too.
I'm sure you're reading these tips thinking, well yeah but what can I take to help me get through the day?!
Wondering if there is some kind of morning sickness relief that is natural?
We stock the best and purest products and any subscriber to our boxes (or even a custom gift box recipient) will have received these products.
hydration sachets - you need to drink something to maintain your hydration and also your blood sugar levels - maybe you can't stomach any foods or you have been throwing up all morning. Our hydration sachets are gentle on the stomach, and the lemon flavour sachet has been designed to be anti-nausea
morning sickness tea - we stock the beautiful brand called Maternitea, where there are teas specifically made for each trimester as well as recovery. They have created a tea that is good for morning sickness (and it's delicious too)
magnesium and mineral stores - magnesium is a common deficiency in the general population. Add in a baby, who needs a LOT of magnesium and minerals to grow, and you can suddenly be very depleted in this essential nutrient. Our handmade magnesium soak allows you to absorb a large amount of magnesium through your skin and straight into your bloodstream, so replenish your stores as quickly as possible. Magnesium soaks or magnesium oils will give your body some energy as well as potentially reduce any morning sickness headaches, nausea or vomiting
ginger snacks - we have both pregnancy ginger cookies, and a ginger snack bar - both amazing and delicious, giving you a nice hit of nutrition as well as helping calm nausea with added ginger
What else can you try?
Some women find that B6 can help their morning sickness
Try eating something plain - dry toast, crackers, rice, whatever you think your stomach can handle
Remove stimulants from your diet - coffee, chocolate, caffeinated teas, kombucha
There are no cures for morning sickness that will work for everyone. You will find yourself innately drawn to foods that you can stomach, and you'll know very quickly if something makes you feel great, or worse. If you are feeling so sick that you feel like you need medical support, please speak to your GP or midwife. Consulting a natural medicine provider may also help, though many herbs are not safe during pregnancy.