If you’re pregnant, or have been pregnant, chances are you have or are experiencing morning sickness. For those of you that haven’t, you’ve been blessed! Morning sickness is a tough part of pregnancy! It is also a very deceiving word. For most women that experience morning sickness, it doesn’t just occur in the morning but rather all throughout the day. In my opinion, natural morning sickness relief was a lifesaver for me. Emphasis on the natural part – since taking something that my body isn’t use to can make morning sickness worse.

Let’s look more at what exactly morning sickness is though and find some simple, natural remedies to help!

What is Morning Sickness?

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Morning sickness is the nauseous feeling, and often vomiting, that pregnant women experience, usually in the first trimester of their pregnancy. This is a normal part of pregnancy, so don’t worry about it affecting your little one. Pregnancy is such an amazing thing that your body goes through and as you can imagine, it goes through a lot of changes!

One of those changes being hormones! Your body is all of a sudden getting an increase in hormones which can make you feel nauseous. Morning sickness can come in the form of just feeling nauseous. This is what I experienced, there was nothing specific that made me feel sick…I just felt sick all the time.

For many women though, there are certain triggers that make their morning sickness worse. Here are some of the most common triggers:

  • Smells – can range from food smells to any other kind of odor
  • Foods – certain meat is a big one for most pregnant women
  • Heat
  • Brushing teeth
    • this one seems strange, but all three trimesters of my pregnancy, brushing my teeth made me sick!

When Does Morning Sickness Start?

Morning sickness starts in the first trimester of pregnancy. It can start as early as 6 weeks (which would be 2 weeks after your missed period). But, as with everything related to pregnancy, this will vary mom to mom. I experienced morning sickness pretty early, around 6 weeks. Other women don’t start experiencing it until middle of the first trimester.

Morning sickness is usually one of the first indicators of pregnancy.

How Long Does Morning Sickness Last?

The length of morning sickness, again, will vary from mom to mom. Typically, it will only last the first trimester of your pregnancy. So, around week 12 you should start feeling better.

Other women, a very small percentage, experience morning sickness all throughout their pregnancy. And then, others fall somewhere in between. For me, I had morning sickness for about 16 weeks. The 16-week mark was when things started turning about – so if you are experiencing it…hang in there, it will get better!

Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness

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Like I said at the beginning of this, I think the “natural” part of remedies for morning sickness is important. You don’t want to put anything extra into your body when you are experiencing morning sickness – that could just make things worse. When you go with natural remedies, these are things that will support your body…not introduce something into your body that it isn’t use to.

Now, with that being said, there are some women who experience EXTREME morning sickness. To the point where they are hospitalized. At this point, you will need a doctors help (obviously) and may require some medications to help relieve what you are going though.

But, as for the more mild cases, here are some natural remedies for morning sickness:

  • drinking ICE cold water (adding a lemon in with mine helped significantly too)
    • adding ginger can also make a big difference
  • drinking Sprite or Ginger Ale (at points, I could not even stomach water, so Sprite & Ginger Ale were a lifesaver!)
  • REST –  your body is going through so many changes, chill out. Rest, watch a movie. Let your body work.
  • Taking vitamin B6 – see my post on the prenatal vitamins that I took, they contain vitamin B6 & were extremely helpful during my pregnancy)
  • Taking the right prenatal vitamins – again, see my post on the prenatal vitamins that I took
  • Smelling essential oils – certain ones might work better for each woman, but lemon, peppermint & lavender are common ones!)
  • Eating dry, bland foods – crackers, cheerios, toast, etc.
  • Snacking – I was pretty much constantly snacking, if I didn’t have a little something in my stomach, my morning sickness was MUCH worse
  • Avoiding foods that make it worse
  • Having crackers by your bed – I would recommend eating a little something before even getting out of bed, for some just the act of getting out of bed (the shift from laying down to getting up can make them sick). So eat a few crackers before even getting up
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Is my Morning Sickness Normal?

As I mentioned before, some women experience severe morning sickness. Pay attention to what you are experiencing during your first trimester of pregnancy. I would recommend going to the doctor if you are experiencing the following:

  • you can’t keep any food down – throwing up constantly
  • you can’t keep any liquids down
  • you are loosing weight
  • you have flu-like symptoms
  • you are very dizzy

Morning sickness is normal during pregnancy but there is a point where it is not normal & could be hurting your pregnancy. Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a serious condition, when morning sickness gets so severe. With this, you may require hospitalization & treatment.

It Gets Better – Hang in there Momma!

I know, morning sickness can be such a hard part of pregnancy…and not a fun way to start out this exciting journey! But, hang in there, things will get better.

What have your experiences been with morning sickness? What did you find that helped you through it?

Leave a comment below, I would love to hear your stories!

All the best,

Abby

8 Replies to “Natural Morning Sickness Relief – Simple Remedies”

  1. An amazing host of natural remedies to cure morning sickness! I’ve used some of these remedies myself but for other reasons 😉 Are there some more examples on what foods to avoid that make your symptom worse?

    1. Hi Adam! Thanks for stopping by! A lot of the foods that make symptoms worse will depend on the woman! Not eating anything will usually make symptoms worse for everyone though. Otherwise, meat (the kind of meat will vary from woman to woman), onions, garlic, caffeine (coffee especially since it is also acidic), spicy foods and acidic fruits are good to avoid since they typically make symptoms worse. But each woman will quickly find which foods make their morning sickness worse 🙂

  2. I’m coming form a place not one who would experience this personally I am not pregnant nor likely that I will experience this but seriously this is still something that as someone who needs to understand the woman’s perspective and sympathize and more than that what can I do to help someone who is “great with child” and experiencing “morning sickness” some good advise and helpful first person advise and things that will help for in these time for the sufferer. Thank you for opening my eyes to all that woman will experience during this time and what I an do to assist where I could or can. Still beneficial information for this male perspective who needs wisdom and knowledge from those who experience morning sickness and what I need to know. That is where I am coming form and what I took away on this one hope you don’t mind having a male reader who can’t give you a story of personal experience but grateful for opening my eyes to the poor sufferer who needs all the help for partner to support them and sympathize best as I can.

    1. Hi Dan, I appreciate the male perspective! I do think it is important for a man to understand what a woman goes through during pregnancy, since there are so many changes happening. It can be a really tough time, so having the support that a woman needs during this time is important. Glad you found this information helpful! Thanks for your input 🙂
      ~Abby

  3. This is a very encouraging post. I never thought to add ginger to my ice water, but I think that would have been very helpful when I was pregnant with my first. I also like the idea of smelling essential oils. I’m going to remember this. Thank you for your informative and caring post.

    1. I’m glad you found it helpful, Rebecca! I add ginger to my water even when I’m not pregnant, there are so many benefits to ginger in general 🙂 Smelling essential oil also helps during labor!

  4. I wish I had this knowledge with my first pregnancy. I had evening sickness. It was like clockwork; I knew it was coming and there was no way around it. Thankfully it didn’t last the entire pregnancy. I had a healthy baby boy!
    Keep informing people of these awesome natural remedies! Thank you for sharing!

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