Morning sickness remedy

Need a morning sickness remedy for morning sickness relief?

by Kimberly Gallagher

If you’ve come seeking a morning sickness remedy for yourself or someone you love, I’m wishing you a mild case.  I know people who have had extreme cases of morning sickness, and personally, I was blessed with only mild nausea and no vomiting during each of my first trimesters.

What worked for me during my first pregnancy was taking homeopathic nux vomica 6x any time I started feeling nauseas.  This was completely infective during my second pregnancy, however.  Ginger tea was more helpful this second time around. 

Susan Weed, in The Childbearing Year suggests taking it in tablespoon doses when you feel nauseas.

When considering the morning sickness remedy that is right for you, it may be useful to look at the factors that are contributing to your particular case. 

Some factors that have been identified include low blood sugar, low blood pressure, chemical by-products of the increased hormonal activity, a vitamin B6 deficiency, excess of refined, spicy or greasy foods, and emotional upset about the pregnancy.  In my case, I also think my activity level played a role. 

During my second pregnancy I was in a very busy time in my life, and I did not get enough rest during my first trimester and my nausea was much worse.

There are several things you can do to help prevent morning sickness. 

• Keep your blood sugar level up by eating small, frequent meals and protein-rich snacks before going to sleep. 

• Walking a mile a day can help prevent the increased hormonal activity leading to morning sickness.

• Increasing iron and vitamin B6 complex in your diet can also help.  My recommendation for this is including nettles in your diet and drinking an infusion of nettle and oatstraw daily.  Nettle is an excellent source of iron and oatstraw contains the B6 complex vitamins. 

Place 1⁄2 ounce of each herb in a quart jar.  Fill with boiling water and let steep for at least 4 hours.  Strain and drink room temperature, heated or chilled.

Prevention is a powerful morning sickness remedy.

Several preventative measures are possible just before getting out of bed in the morning as a morning sickness remedy:

• Eating unsalted crackers or matzo

• Getting out of bed slowly and avoiding sudden movements

• Drinking a cup of anise or fennel seed tea first thing after waking

• Drinking on teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in 8 oz. of warm water first thing in the morning.  The vinegar neutralizes the excess stomach acid.

Here is a morning sickness remedy breakfast idea:

  1. Stay in bed for 1⁄2 hour after waking. 
  2. Sip a digestive tea of peppermint, fennel, or chamomile or a glass of mineral water with crackers before getting out of bed.
  3. Rise slowly. 
  4. Eat fresh fruit or drink juice. 
  5. Breathe in some fresh air. 
  6. 1⁄2 hour later, eat a piece of wholegrain toast with nutritional yeast, and a second cup of herbal tea.

Now, if all the preventative methods are not making a difference for you, here are some morning sickness remedies to try once you are feeling nauseous.

This is Susan Weed’s list from The Childbearing Year and is in order of increasing strength for morning sickness relief:

• Open the wind or go outside for fresh air.

• Drink a cup or two raspberry leaf tea or infusion each day.

• Try a homeopathic morning sickness remedy: Ipecac 30X, Nux Vomica 6X, Cannabis 30X

• Drink a tea from Peach tree leaves.

• Sip peppermint or spearmint infusion first thing in the morning as a morning sickness remedy.  It’s stimulating and an effective anti-nauseate.

• Tablespoon doses of ginger root tea when nausea occurs for morning sickness relief.

• Wild yam root infusion sipped throughout the day, or teaspoonfuls of the decoction (simmer a handful of the root in a quart of water for 20 minutes) several times daily.

• Powdered and encapsulated ginger roots up to 25 capsules per day for complete control of severe nausea and vomiting throughout the pregnancy.

I recently read about a study showing that morning sickness often occurs just after the baby has gone through its most sensitive period of development, and that the nausea may be leading to aversions to meat, fish, eggs, poultry, and strong tasting vegetables in order to keep potentially harmful chemicals and bacteria from the mom and baby and to keep them both safe from food-borne illness during this critical time. 

This study found that morning sickness is uncommon in cultures with vegetarian and low dairy diets.

So, perhaps the nausea is actually serving us well, even though it is not always pleasant.  As a wise woman herbalist I always look for the gift in the condition I’m experiencing. 

In my second pregnancy, my nausea was a constant reminder to take it slow and relax so that I could grow a healthy baby. 

As your baby grows within you, enjoy the morning sickness relief provided by these home remedies and remember and trust the wisdom of your body.

I hope you find a morning sickness remedy that works for you.