Alternative Medicine for Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is one of the first signs of pregnancy and it can also be one of the worst. As many as fifty to eighty percent of pregnant women will experience morning sickness and it can be very mild to extremely severe. Morning sickness can make a pregnant woman feel nauseous and this can be accompanied by vomiting although that’s not always the case. Morning sickness is caused by the hormone called HCG, which appears in high levels until the placenta is developed fully enough to support the life of the fetus.
Women who are suffering from extreme morning sickness are willing to do just about anything to take the symptom away. Unfortunately, there are very few, if any, over-the-counter medications that can be taken by pregnant women. Many of these medications contain ingredients that could comprise the health of the unborn child. For this reason, there are many alternative medicines for morning sickness that can be used by pregnant women.
A pregnant women’s diet can trigger morning sickness. This doesn’t include only what she eats but also foods that should be avoided, and how often she eats. A pregnant woman may find that eating crackers, dry toast, or cereal may provide a very effective alternative medicine for morning sickness. This can be especially helpful if these foods are kept right beside the bed and they are eaten before she gets up. During the day, greasy foods that contain a lot of fat should be avoided, as they can be another trigger for morning sickness.
A lot of pregnant women try to avoid these foods anyway as they are not proper nutrition for the unborn child. Eating six small meals during the day as opposed to three large meals can help. This will make it easier on the digestive system and that in turn, will help with morning sickness. Drinking plenty of water can also help with morning sickness due to the fact that this will keep the body hydrated. Drinking water will be a greater help with morning sickness if the water is drank between meals rather than with them. Drinking too much with a meal will fill the stomach faster and this places a strain on the digestive system.
Ginger is a very common alternative medicine for morning sickness. It has been used for centuries to help with nausea and vomiting and is completely safe for pregnant women to use. Ginger can be taken in many forms. Ginger root can be steeped into a tea or a ½ teaspoon can be dissolved into a glass of room temperature water and then be drank. Ginger capsules can also be taken as can ginger ale. The only form that has proven ineffective is ginger biscuits as they do not contain enough ginger to ease nausea or vomiting.
Acupressure is a form of alternative medicine that is uses pressure points just as acupuncture does. The difference is that acupressure only applies pressure externally whereas acupuncture involves the placing of needles on the pressure points. To ease nausea and vomiting, the acupressure point is on the inside of the wrist and acupressure wristbands can be purchased. To find the point, use the other hand to feel three finger widths above the joint between the arm and the hand (there will be a small crease.) Where the third finger is, there will be a slight hollow that can be felt if pressure is eased up and the fingers are just slightly touching the skin. The button of the acupressure wristband should be placed directly on this hollow. When morning sickness presents itself the button should be pushed and held for twenty to thirty seconds and then released. This can be repeated as often as necessary.