Many pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting in their ﬁrst trimester, as a result of hormone changes. Morning sickness, the traditional term, is a misnomer, as the symptoms may occur at any time of the day or the night. If the nausea and the vom- iting are continuous or severe, talk to your doctor; you need to be sure that you stay hydrated and that you and the baby are receiving adequate nutrition. While morning sickness during your ﬁrst trimester is generally considered normal, nausea and vom- iting after the twelfth or thirteenth week may be indicative of a serious problem.
Your body is telling you what to eat and what not to eat, so it’s probably best to fol-
low its advice. Following are some additional dietary suggestions.
B vitamins ward off queasiness, so start your day with whole-grain toast or crackers. Brown rice, oats, and wheat germ are other good options.
Although it’s important to take in lots of nutrients during pregnancy, don’t try to force yourself to eat large meals. Instead, plan on several small meals throughout the day.
Leafy greens are rich in vitamin K, which helps prevent nausea.
If you feel nauseated, try chewing a piece of fresh ginger or sucking on a slice of lemon or lime.
Super Seven Prescriptions—Morning Sickness
Super Prescription #1 Ginger root (Zingiber ofﬁcinale)
Drink a fresh cup of tea two to three times daily, or take 300 mg of the capsule form three times daily.
Super Prescription #2 Vitamin B6
Take 25 mg three times daily. Double-blind studies have found this to be effective. Vitamin B6 injections or intravenous administration by your doctor may be even more effective.
study in the Jour- nal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reported that 28 of 32 pregnant women supplementing ginger had improvement in nausea symptoms, compared with 10 of 35 in the placebo group. Researchers found no adverse effects of ginger on pregnancy outcome.
Super Prescription #3 Homeopathic Ipecacuanha
Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C), as needed, for relief of nausea and vomiting. A characteristic symptom for this remedy is constant nausea that is not relieved by vomiting.
Super Prescription #4 Homeopathic Nux Vomica
Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C), as needed, for relief of nausea and vomiting. Women who require this remedy feel irritable. Along with the nauseous- ness and the vomiting may be constipation and heartburn.
Super Prescription #5 Homeopathic Colchicum
Take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C), as needed, for relief of nausea and vomiting. Women who beneﬁt from this remedy feel nauseous from the smell or the sight of food, especially eggs and ﬁsh.
Super Prescription #6 Homeopathic Tabacum
Take a low potency (6x, 12x , 30x, 6C, or 30C), as needed, for relief of nausea and vomiting. Women who beneﬁt from this remedy have tremendous nausea and a sinking feeling in their stomachs. Any movement makes them nauseous.
Super Prescription #7 Vitamin K
Take 5 mg daily or receive injections or intravenous administration from your doc- tor. Vitamin K has been shown to relieve morning sickness.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) and red raspberry (Rubus idaeus) tea help some women with morning sickness. Drink the tea throughout the day.
Homeopathic Lacticum Acidum is for women who feel morning sickness as soon as they wake up. There is increased salivation and a burning sensation in the stomach. They feel better after eating.
Homeopathic Pulsatilla (Pulsatilla pratensis) is for women who crave sweets and creamy foods but get digestive upset from them. They tend to be weepy and easily upset. They should take a low potency (6x, 12x, 30x, 6C, or 30C), as needed, for relief of nausea and vomiting.
Homeopathic sepia is helpful when odors trigger morning sickness. The woman craves sweets, vinegar, and sour foods. Emotionally, she is irritable and feels worn out.
Acupuncture and acupressure have been found to be effective for morning sickness. Commercial acupressure wristbands that relieve nausea are available