The causes of nausea in pregnancy are numerous, but contributing factors are low blood sugar, low blood pressure, hormonal changes, nutrient deficiency (in particular vitamin B6 and iron), an excess of refined, spicy or greasy foods and pressure on the stomach from the growing uterus in the last few weeks of pregnancy. Morning sickness comes at any time of day and can be debilitating.
Here are my top tips for combating morning sickness:
- Take a vitamin B complex each morning.
- Acupressure wristbands, often marketed as ‘sea sickness bands’, stimulate an acupuncture point called pericardium 6, which is known in traditional Chinese medicine to relieve nausea.
- Eat small, frequent snacks instead of big meals and ensure a protein-rich snack such as two tablespoons of natural yoghurt or a handful of nuts before you go to bed (obviously avoid if you have a history of allergies in your family).
- Sip on ginger tea made with freshly grated ginger.
- Place a bowl of hot water with two drops of peppermint essential oil in your room to help reduce a queasy tummy.
- Deep breathing and relaxation may help to reduce an acidic stomach.
NB: Peppermint oil may stimulate the uterus.
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