During the first trimester of pregnancy, a woman’s body experiences many changes. The most common complaint heard from 90 percent of pregnancies is vomiting, also known as “morning sickness”. This is a normal part of the pregnancy but it is mainly caused due to the rapid hormonal changes. When a woman is pregnant, due to high estrogen production and hormonal activities triggers nausea and vomiting.
Some of the tips and home remedies to minimize morning sickness or vomiting and nausea are listed below:
- Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 is found to help in relieving morning sickness in pregnant woman and it doesn’t harm the fetus. Foods which are high in Vitamin B6 are brown rice, corn, nuts, fish and bananas.
- Mint Leaves: The menthol properties present in mint leaves, helps to soothe the inner part of the stomach. Chewing some fresh mint leaves to drink its juice avoids vomiting sensation.
- Lemon: Lemon juice is also a very good remedy to deal with vomiting during pregnancy. Smell fresh lemon peels to ease nausea and vomiting symptoms or squeeze a fresh lemon into a glass of water with some honey added to it, drink this every day in the morning to prevent morning sickness.
- Carom seeds: Chewing one teaspoon of carom seeds in the morning, helps pregnant woman for better digestion and to deal with vomiting. Consuming too much of carom seeds will increase the heat level of body, so make sure to have them in right quantity.
- Ginger: Ginger can be used to treat all types of nausea and is safe for pregnant woman. Using fresh ginger in your drinks such as tea and fresh grated ginger in your food can help to get relief from nausea.
- Eating patterns:
- Take several small meals throughout the day, instead of having large meals.
- Don’t eat fried, spicy foods and avoid foods with strong odours that bother you.
- Avoid having empty stomach. Sip on some fluids such as clear fruit juices or water and snack regularly between meals.
- Take foods which are easily digestible, low in fat and high in carbohydrates or protein.
- Regular Walks: Walking and light exercises are very helpful during pregnancy, unless your doctor says no to it. Walking is a perfect remedy to reduce vomiting as it is a safe exercise and aids digestion. Sitting in one position for a long-time trigger vomiting, so it is better to walk a little after your meals for faster and better digestion.
Seek medical help if you are suffering from severe and constant vomiting, as this may lead to dehydration if left untreated.