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Why women experience morning sickness and nausea during pregnancy

 

Anyone thinking that morning sickness and nausea during pregnancy is rare is gravely mistaken. As much as 90% of the pregnant population experience morning sickness during at least the first trimester. Some may experience symptoms in the morning, and feel increasingly better throughout the day. Most feel nauseous for the majority of the day, and may vomit consistently throughout the day and evening. Experiencing nausea throughout the entire pregnancy is not as common, but still happens. Every woman and every pregnancy is different.

 

Although the root cause for morning sickness still baffles doctors and scientists alike, there are many factors that can contribute to the discomfort:

 

  • Being stressed. Researchers have found that having a higher level of stress promotes stomach aches and nausea. That goes for everyone, not just for pregnant women.

  • Typically, if a woman already has a sensitive stomach and/or digestive system, the major hormonal changes that occur during the first trimester can easily cause irritation. Women with an increase in bacteria in their stomach or digestive tract are also more likely to have morning sickness.

  • Having a sensitivity to smells, which increases drastically during the first trimester, may lead to nausea.

  • Pregnancy involving more than one baby.

  • Those harrowing hormones. During the early stages of pregnancy, hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) levels rise. Although not directly linked to morning sickness, hCG levels spike when nausea does, which leads scientists and doctors to believe that they are related.

  • As estrogen levels increase, accordingly, so does the intensity of nausea.

 

Even if a woman does not experience vomiting during pregnancy, nausea may be a pesky problem. Higher instances of fatigue can cause an increase in muscle aches and cramping, which may lead to nausea and/or vomiting. “Mind over matter” is easier said than done, especially for a blossoming belly and its effect on mom, but when that proves too difficult a feat, there are other saving graces for that upset stomach! There are many ways to relieve nausea naturally while pregnant.

 

Ways to relieve morning sickness and nausea

  • Mint. Mint tea (with pure mint oil/extract) is a great way to ease nausea and heartburn during pregnancy. You can use fresh mint in tea, or buy already made tea. If tea is not your cup of… well, tea, then, try sucking on a mint. Teas infused with other natural antioxidants are great, like green tea mint. Or, ginger mint...

  • Ginger. Ginger tea, ginger bread, raw ginger, ginger chips, ginger snaps, ginger ale... Regardless of what form it takes, as long as it is made from real and pure ginger, it will help with nausea, and double as a natural pain reliever. Some health food stores sell chewable and/or hard ginger candies, which are perfect to keep in your purse, desk, or car.

  • Clear liquids. Drinking a plentiful and consistent amount of clear fluids throughout the day will aid in hydration, which will help decrease nausea. As for an increase in trips to the bathroom? Look at it as practice for the last few weeks of pregnancy.

  • Eat small meals more often. Try to avoid overeating, as this can upset the stomach. Eat smaller meals more often to maintain blood sugar levels. Make sure to eat lots of protein and avoid excess sugar. Try healthier snacks like kale chips or coconut crackers.

  • Avoid fatty, spicy, and acidic foods. Foods high in fat tend to take longer to digest, and spicy and acidic foods can upset the stomach and cause heartburn and acid reflux, which may lead to nausea and vomiting. It may be best to ignore those cravings, and reach for a bowl of grapes instead of a burrito.

  • Get out of bed slowly. Take it easy sitting up in the morning, and again with getting out of bed.

  • Crackers or other potassium and sodium-rich snacks like pretzels. Keep some next to your bed to munch on before bed if you tend to have nausea and vomiting at night. If you tend to vomit early in the morning, try to eat something small before starting the day.

  • Sleep. Taking small naps and getting adequate sleep at night will not only help with fatigue, but with nausea as well, as being tired can increase the intensity of stomach aches. Your body needs rest now more than ever, anyway. Get those zzz’s while you can!

  • Vitamin B6. Scientists are a bit dumbfounded by how vitamin B6 helps first trimester nausea, but it indeed does! Not only does it help with nausea and morning sickness, but it helps with fat metabolism, which leads to decreased fatigue and increased energy. Every mama could use natural energy, right?

  • Magnesium helps in a multitude of ways during pregnancy, starting with easing muscle tensions and nausea. One can soak in a bath of magnesium flakes, consume magnesium naturally in foods like spinach, pumpkin seeds, and avacados, or take it in powder form (mixed with water). Additionally, most prenatal vitamins should have magnesium. However, that magnesium is typically canceled out by the calcium in the prenatal, as the body best absorbs one at a time. Therefore, taking magnesium a few hours before/after taking/consuming calcium is best.

  • Light exercise. As little as seven minutes of exercise at a time can decrease stress, put the mind at ease, and decrease nausea and fatigue. Prenatal yoga, dancing, swimming, and biking can all be helpful for gaining and maintaining strength, which will help lessen nausea when your body is stretching and moving to make room for the baby. Make sure not to overexert yourself, and do not allow your core body temperature to rise to an uncomfortable level. Make sure to remain cool and drink plenty before, during, and after exercising.

  • Relax. Take a soothing, warm bath, or read a book. As previously mentioned, stress can work numbers on the stomach (and just about everything else). Make sure to take breaks while at work, and stop to breathe or meditate throughout the day. Centering oneself can relieve stress and help the body to relax.

  • Aromatherapy. Combat nausea and morning sickness with fresh scents, like that of lavender, rose, chamomile, and thyme. Using essential oils or dried herbs in satchels, baths, or the like can help relax the soul and stomach.

 

Other ways to relieve morning sickness during pregnancy

Accupuncture, massage, and seeing a chiropractor can help ease morning sickness, as well as other aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Accupressure wrist bands have been rumored to decrease the likelihood of nausea during pregnancy too. Sleeping sitting at an angle instead of flat may help to ensure that stomach acids do not move up the esophagus, which can cause heartburn and nausea. If certain foods or vitamins trigger nausea, avoiding them will probably remedy the problem. The same goes for smells, pictures, or movies.

Persistent vomiting may be a sign of something more severe, and should not be ignored. Consult a professional if nausea and/or vomiting are relentless and long lasting, or if natural remedies do not help.

Though one can not control hormonal and physical changes during pregnancy, the effects can be lessened - if not eliminated - by being proactive and taking advantage of all that nature has to offer.

 

Morning Sickness ~ or ~ Hyperemesis Gravidarum

While all have a clear understanding that "morning sickness" is something that often just comes with the territory that is "being with child," many are not as familiar with the extreme, persistent and severe phenomenon known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum. It is estimated that 70-80% of women experience some form of "morning sickness" in the early stages of pregnancy. Loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, vomiting...you get the idea. The symptoms tend to ease up coming into the second trimester of pregnancy. Finally feeling rejuvenated and refreshed, women begin to love and enjoy being pregnant! For .2-3% of those women however, that moment of rejuvenating refreshment never comes.

Morning SicknessHyperemesis Gravidarum

 

Nausea sometimes accompanied by vomiting

 

Nausea accompanied by severe vomiting

Nausea that subsides by 12 weeks gestation, or soon after

 

Nausea that does not subside

 

Vomiting can be between 2-3 times per day, usually in the mornings or when first waking for the day

 

Vomiting can be between 8-9 times per day, anytime throughout the day or night

 

You lose little if any weight
(And continue to gain at a moderate rate)

 

You lose 5-20 pounds or more
(> 5% of pre-pregnancy weight)

 

Nausea and vomiting do not interfere with your ability to eat or drink enough each day and it does not cause severe dehydration

 

Nausea causes you to eat very little throughout the day and the vomiting causes severe dehydration

 

Vomiting is infrequent and the nausea is episodic but not severe

 

You vomit often and may vomit bile or blood if not treated. Nausea is usually moderate to severe and constant

 

It may cause discomfort and a temporary feeling of misery which subsides rather quickly

 

It can cause extreme discomfort and a severe and relentless feeling of misery that does not subside and can lead to depression

 

Dietary and/or lifestyle changes are enough to help you feel better most of the time

 

More drastic dietary and/or lifestyle changes are required simply to bring a managed level of comfort

 

Essential Oils, Herbal Teas, and Homeopathy can make symptoms almost non-existent

 

Medications such as phenothiazines, odansetron, metoclopramide, IV fluid, antihistamines, and antacids may all be necessary

 

Symptoms typically fade and begin to improve towards the end of the first trimester, but can be a little queasy at times during the remainder of your pregnancy

 

You usually feel somewhat better by mid-pregnancy, but you may continue to be nauseous and/or vomit until late pregnancy

 

You will be able to work most days and care for your family as normal

 

You will likely be unable to work for weeks or months, and may need help caring for yourself and other members of your family

 

Signs, Symptoms & Side-Effects of Hyperemesis Gravidarum

  • Severe nausea and vomiting

  • Food aversions

  • Poor sense of taste

  • Weight loss of 5% or more of pre-pregnancy weight

  • Decrease in urination

  • Constipation

  • Dehydration

  • Headaches

  • Confusion

  • Fainting spells

  • Pallor (paleness)

  • Jaundice

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Low blood pressure

  • Rapid heart rate

  • Loss of skin elasticity

  • Pins & Needles feeling in hands and feet

  • Secondary anxiety/depression

 

Understanding "Morning Sickness" and the Phenomenon that is Hyperemesis Gravidarum

To begin to fully understand why women experience "morning sickness" during pregnancy in the first place, and the phenomenon that is Hyperemesis Gravidarum, we should first look at the specifics that occur at the early part of pregnancy and conception. Once fertilized, the egg within the woman's body becomes viewed as a foreign object. A woman's body will then have a natural immune response to the fertilized egg, and makes an attempt to expel the "foreign object" from the body. In an effort for the body to counter this natural reaction and protect the baby from this immune response, the corpus luteum (the source of the egg or ovum in the ovary) will secrete the hormone we commonly know as HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. The corpus luteum will continue to secrete the hormone HCG as a safety measure until the placenta has fully developed, at which time, the placenta will then take over protection of the baby.

HCG is also responsible for the continued secretion of Progesterone, which plays a vital role in the enrichment of the blood supply to the uterus, whereby creating the ideal atmosphere within the uterus for the embryo to grow. Progesterone is also involved in the preparation of the lining of the uterus for fertilization, so that the embryo can attach, rather than being discarded as an unfertilized egg during a normal menstruation cycle.

 

Morning Sickness

It is this battle of hormones within a women's body which is the major contributing factor in the occurrence of "morning sickness." This battle is between the body's immune response and the maternal organs. The immune response to expel what it views as a "foreign object," and the maternal organs guard to protect what it knows to be miraculous life.

 

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

"Morning sickness" becomes this severe state when the battle of the hormones continues even after the placenta has fully developed, and in an effort to control the battle and protect the baby, the maternal organs continue to secrete large amounts of HCG into the system. The level of HCG within the body then becomes more than the woman's body is capable of coping with, whereby causing more than usual amounts of nausea and vomiting than is typically associated with pregnancy, leading to the distressing side-effects of hyperemesis gravidarum. All of this can and does have a negative effect on the growth of the developing baby and professional, medical advice and care should be sought out.

  • It has been found to be genetic. You can read the full article here.
  • It is more common in pregnancies where twins, triplets or more are involved.

 

The Miracle

While in the throes of hugging / cursing the porcelain throne, it is often all too easy to forget that what is happening within your body is a miraculous thing. Your maternal organs are fighting to protect your baby from its natural response to something the body doesn't recognize as part of itself. Your body does not recognize its makeup as part of you, and that is because it isn't you. It is part of both you and your partner. Your baby is its own person, while from you, your baby is also a separate individual, with a unique makeup which contains the genetic bond between you and your partner.

Emotionally and spiritually, it can be so helpful in your healing and coping process to remember that every time you are nauseous or you throw up, it is because your body is fighting hard to protect that little miraculous life growing within your womb. Looking at it in this manner, the attitude of misery and state of depression can be transformed into a positive and almost grateful feeling for the wondrous power and strength that your body has to sustain this little life until mature enough to come earthside into your arms.

You want this battle! Every discomforting feeling can bring hope, as you are one step closer and your baby is being protected by the perfect and divine design of your maternal body.

 

~ On a Spiritual Note ~

 

So many women are gaining perspective and confidence in the capabilities and power that exists within their bodies. There is no journey a women will ever go through where she will experience firsthand the miraculous awe and wonder of what her body was divinely designed to do... Give Birth... No matter how prepared you think you are, or how unprepared you think you are, experiencing God in HIS presence during your pregnancy, and allowing Him to equip you with all of the necessary tools to experience Him in your labor and birth and through postpartum is one of the most vital blessings that you can bestow upon yourself.

Within the chapters of Redeeming Childbirth is a dedication meant to encourage all women spiritually, emotionally, and physically during this long journey into motherhood.

 

"I believe this is the ultimate need and most effective “medication” for not just coping or surviving, but thriving in spite of the physical experiences that can so often discourage women and even lead them into depression." ~ Angie Tolpin

Find strength from the Word to apply strength within your spirit... and look forward to experiencing God in a new way as you take each step in this blessed journey.

Redeeming Childbirth: Experiencing His Presence in Pregnancy, Labor, Childbirth, and Beyond
By Angie Tolpin 

 

 


 

 
Natural Remedies to Ease "Morning Sickness"
and Find Comfort and Health Through the Trials of Hyperemsis Gravidarum
 
~ Please Note ~
When choosing a brand of Essential Oil, Herb or Supplement, it is vitally important to choose based on quality, not cost.
(Always research the company, the founder, philosophy, quality, sourcing location and method, etc.)

All Essential Oil Recommendations are Based on the Quality of dōTERRA Essential Oils, ONLY. 

 

 

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1) Ginger


Ginger is a common and useful remedy in Chinese medicine. Ginger is very calming and eases nausea greatly. It is based on the system of yin and yang and other opposing factors, including heat and cold. Ginger is a hot (yang) remedy and can be a huge benefit to you during pregnancy if you are on the opposing cold (yin) end. If you often wrap yourself in blankets, layer your clothing or find the need to drink hot drinks for warmth, generally feel introspective and disinterested in your surroundings, then ginger is a perfectly suited internal balancer for you. If you find yourself on the hot (yang) end, then it is possible that it can make your body more off-balance, thereby making your symptoms and feelings of sickness worse.

Ginger Essential Oil
Essential oils are the most potent and effective means of encouraging healing within the body. When choosing an essential oil it is imperative to choose by Grade and not by cost. There is a huge difference between an aromatic grade essential oil, which should never be ingested or absorbed into the skin, and a certified pure therapeutic grade essential oil, which can be ingested / absorbed into the body. Certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils can be:

  • Aromatically diffused, delighting the senses
  • Applied topically to the skin, but should be diluted in a carrier oil for young or sensitive skin
  • Rubbed on the abdomen or bottoms of the feet to aid in nausea
  • Can be ingested internally by placing 1-2 drops into a capsule

Ginger Tincture
The general Ginger Tincture dose is 2-3 dropperfuls, or about 60 drops and can be taken 3-5 times per day.

Ginger Tea
Grate some fresh ginger root and add 2 teaspoons to a cup of boiling distilled water, let steep and strain the ginger gratings. While the response from using fresh ginger root is going to be best, you can also purchase ready prepared tea in loose leaf or bag form. Drink 2-3 cups a day.

Ginger Capsules
'Nature's Way' makes an all natural organic capsule of powdered ginger. Start with a minimal dose and work your way up until you find the right amount (of internal balance) for you, as each individual is different. Be mindful that ingesting too much ginger can have a hallucinogenic response, if overdone. Listen intuitively to your body and find what is right for you. Be aware also that there is often a break down in the absorption of any herb when ingested via capsule. Capsules are not generally easily absorbed and sometimes the herbs are burnt in the powdering process. Again, brand is important when choosing an herb or powdered herb.

Ginger Ale
Sipping some mild bubbly is often comforting to the stomach. Do keep in mind that many products on the market only contain a flavoring of ginger and do not actually contain 'real' ginger at all. It is important to purchase a good quality ginger ale from your local health food / whole foods store.

Dehydrated Ginger
YEP! Just slice up your ginger root and dehydrate it. Keep a few pieces by your bedside or in your pocket as you are out and about. As you begin to feel nauseous, or if a smell affects you, simply pull a piece out and chew on it!

Cooking and Meals
Try adding ginger to your diet and cooking with it by grating or grounding fresh ginger root into your foods.

 


 

 

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2) Peppermint

 

While Ginger is the hot (yang), Peppermint is the cold (yin). If you constantly feel hot and are needing or wanting to remove layers of clothing, desire cold cold drinks, feel hot and bothered and red in the face, are generally hot tempered and feeling irritable then Peppermint is the Herb for you! Peppermint also aids the ailments of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, digestive problems and spastic colon.

Be mindful that if you are using any type of homeopathy, mint of any kind is an anecdote, as the strong mint aroma will stop homeopathic remedies from being effective.

 

Peppermint Essential Oil
Again, when choosing an essential oil it is imperative to choose by Grade and not by cost. Essential oils are extremely potent. For example, 1 drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to drinking 30 cups of peppermint tea.

  • Aromatically Diffused, delighting the senses
  • Mix in hands with a carrier oil, hands cupped over nose and mouth, inhale deeply
  • Applied topically to the skin, but should be diluted in a carrier oil for young or sensitive skin
  • Rubbed on the abdomen or bottoms of the feet to aid in nausea
  • Can be ingested internally by placing 1-2 drops into a capsule

Peppermint Tea
Fill a glass pitcher with distilled water and ice, and then add in fresh peppermint leaves! Drink drink drink. It is refreshing, calming to the digestive system, reduces nausea and keeps you hydrated. 'Traditional Medicinals Peppermint Tea' is also a lovely option. Drink 2-3 cups a day.

Peppermint Leaves and Candies
Having peppermint leaves or candies to chew or suck on can also be very helpful.

 


 

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3) Essential Oils

As explained above essential oils (EO) are organic substances which are derived from the volatile liquid within plants. EO are convenient, quick and easy to use and can enhance the bodies own natural ability to maintain a healthy state of vitality. They promote healing by supporting and encouraging the balance within the body without harmful side effects or chemically laced products.

 

 

~ Please note ~

When selecting essential oils it is important to make sure they are therapeutic,

food-grade oils, and not perfume-grade.

There are many different companies on the market today for essential oils, however, not all are created equal. The lists and blends contained here are based off of the use of essential oils from dōTERRA, pure therapeutic and food grade oils which are certified above organic. They can be used topically, ingested and diffused.

Cost is often an initial concern in the purchase of a therapeutic grade essential oil, just looking at the size of the bottle and the $$ Dollar Amount $$. So let's break it down.

    • Each 15 ml bottle (1/2 oz) contains 250 drops.
    • Each treatment uses between 1-3 drops of oil, as they are extremely potent.
    • This comes out to a total cost of 1-5 cents per treatment.

When you really examine the amount spent on prescription and over the counter drugs, which add up quickly, you have to wonder what is really cost effective, the truly expensive drugs which usually only mask the symptoms without treating or healing the problem within the body, are chemically laced and have lengthy lists of possible side-effects, often requiring another drug to counter act those side-effects, or the pure organic therapeutic grade oils, with no adverse side-effects, that promote the body in truly healing itself completely? The essential oils are not only better for you and a permanent means of true healing, but they are also less expensive in the long run, giving you more bang for your buck!

~ For more information please see my full article ~
Benefits of Essential Oils Throughout Pregnancy, Labor and into Postpartum

Ginger and Peppermint
Are without a doubt the most beneficial essential oils for symptoms related to morning sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum. Determine your Yin -or- yang, as explained above, for which one to begin with.

DigestZen
This is a specific blend to dōTERRA only. Many essential oils have been recognized through research as powerful agents to help restore normal balance in the digestive system. DigestZen takes advantage of these well-established therapeutic compounds in a propriety blend of pure essential oils. Containing the perfect blend of ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander, and anise, each having specific attributes which add to the overall efficacy of this potent blend.

  • DigestZen Essential Oil
  • Diffuse
  • Rub onto abdomen or the bottoms of feet, no carrier oil necessary
  • Can also be taken internally, 1-2 drops under the tongue, in capsules, or in distilled water or tea

Slim & Sassy
While commonly known for its natural means of managing weight and energy, especially in the postpartum stage, this blend has also been shown to be very effective for many women during the the morning sickness phase of pregnancy by managing hunger, calming the stomach and lifting the mood. Slim & Sassy is a propriety formula of grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon essential oils.

  • Slim & Sassy Essential Oil
  • Diffuse
  • Mix with a carrier oil and rub onto abdomen or bottoms of feet
  • Can also be taken internally in capsules or in distilled water or tea, 4 drops per treatment

~ To Purchase dōTERRA Essential Oils ~
Blooming Essentials by dōTERRA

 


 

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4) Homeopathy

You should ideally see a qualified Naturopathic Physician, Midwife, or Holistic Practitioner prior to taking homeopathic remedies when you are pregnant. For many, this is not an option when it come to location or insurance. If you are going to undertake your own homeopathic care, always choose to begin with the 30c strength pellet before using the 200c pellet. Be mindful of any changes within your body, and adjust accordingly to your bodies needs.

 


Homeopathic Phosphorus

Boiron Homeopathic Phosphorus 30c, often recommended by Midwives, is a natural supplement with a strong punch which for many women suffering with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. It is often considered a homeopathic gift from God. When taken as directed on the bottle, it can lessen the occurrences of nausea and vomiting from 8-9 times per day, down to 3-4 times, or even less, depending on the individual and the severity of the response to the battling hormones.

~ Please Note ~
Boiron Homeopathic Pellets have a sugar base which may interfere with the balance and treatment of gestational diabetes. Mint is an anecdote to homeopathy and should also be avoided while under going any kind of homeopathic treatment.
DO NOT USE IN CONJUNCTION WITH PEPPERMINT

 


 

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5) Herbal Tinctures

The liquid extract form of an herb is referred to as a tincture. A tincture is the best way to intake an herb, as the liquid menstrum (generally alcohol) extracts even more than water which would be the method used in the extraction process of steeping tea. The alcohol also preserves the herbs so that they have a shelf life which lasts for many years. Tinctures mostly bypass digestion and are then easily and efficiently absorbed directly into the bloodstream.


In acute or severe related symptoms, liquid tinctures are preferred over dried encapsulated remedies. Tinctures are absorbed immediately the moment they enter the mouth, bringing an almost instant response. When battling morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum, the digestive system is not functioning optimally and this can diminish the benefits of an encapsulated herb whose capsule first needs to be disintegrated to release the herb and then digestion must occur over the next 45 minutes to ensure absorption into the bloodstream. When the digestive system is not assimilating well, there is a breakdown in this process, leaving much of the herb to be passed through the body, or vomited, in this case, as waste.

If you are sensitive to the overwhelming taste of the alcohol and bitterness of a tincture, it can be dissipated in a cup of hot distilled water, and allowed to rest for 20-30 minutes before consumption.

For those who feel the need to avoid alcohol altogether, it would be important to note that the amount of alcohol in any given dose of alcohol based herbal tincture is the same as can be found in one ripe banana.

 


 

 

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6) Sea-Bands

Sea-Band is a knitted elasticated wrist band, which operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud. Because the bands do not use drugs, they do cause any of the side effects associated with anti-nausea drugs and can be worn on each wrist whenever you feel nauseous. They are suitable for adults and children. It doesn't get much more natural than this.

 

~ Instructions given directly from the Sea-Bands website ~

Sea-Bands may be used to relieve motion sickness, morning sickness and vomiting, as well as nausea and vomiting associated with cancer. To ensure your Sea-Bands work properly, please follow the instructions below to position your wristbands correctly.

Photo courtesy of Mommy Wannabe

 

 

  • Place your middle finger on the inside of your wrist with the edge of the third finger on the wrist crease. The Nei-Kuan point is just under the edge of the index finger between the two central tendons.

  • Position the button facing downward over the Nei-Kuan point. Repeat the process for the other wrist.

  • One band must be worn on each wrist to be effective. Sea-Bands can be put onto wrist before you start traveling, or after you have started your journey.

  • Sea-Band is suitable for adults and children.

 

 


 

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7) Chiropractic Care

One of the best steps you can take in bringing all around balance within the body is to begin regular chiropractic care. A body in alignment and in balance means a body not easily influenced and controlled by negative means. It also means a body working towards maintaining homeostasis. Many families are beginning to move away from modern "medical" care to seeing a Chiropractor on a regular basis (every month of every few months). Seeing a chiropractor at the first sign of an imbalance of any kind within the body, and then continuing care as a preventative measure. Regular chiropractic care is one of the best preventative measures towards reaching and maintaining optimal health.The benefits of chiropractic care throughout the duration of pregnancy and into postpartum are immeasurable.

 

  • 24% Shorter Labors
  • Proper Pelvic Alignment
  • Removes any interference to the nervous system
  • 84% increase in back pain relief
  • Less likely to have back labor
  • Webster technique for encouraging breech babies to turn posterior!
  • Increased breast milk
  • The list goes on and on!!!

When it comes to morning sickness and Hyperemesis Gravidarum, some women are able to completely alleviate the nausea with chiropractic care. All pregnancies are different with their own set of hormone dynamics. Depending on the pregnancy this can be a very effective treatment for nausea and vomiting, overall wellness, and comfort. Not to mention that it has HUGE benefits for all areas of your pregnancy journey!

Take the time to find the right Chiropractor for you! Not all are equal, and not all Chiropractors specialize in chiropractic care specific to the pregnant woman. Find one who is trained, skilled and experienced in prenatal chiropractic care.

 

 

8) Proper Diet

While this is undoubtedly a no brainer, it can be extremely difficult to even consider what a proper diet entails when you are vomiting upwards of 8-9 times per day.

Keeping some saltines and dehydrated ginger chips by the bedside and taking small bites and nibbles before even sitting up first thing in the morning can be very helpful. This prepares the stomach for gravity once you rise, making the transition a bit more easy.

Foods rich in thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and vitamin A, all help to replace what the body loses every time vomiting occurs.

 

 

  • Foods high in protein rather than high in fat
  • Moderate carbs
  • Nuts, especially almonds!
  • Cheese
  • Water biscuits
  • Full-cream milk / Coconut Milk / Coconut Water
  • Fresh fruit
  • Avocados
  • Coconut oil
  • Homemade soups
  • Bone broth
  • Chicken

 

 

When the going gets really rough, then it's time for the rough to get going! Often a meal replacement supplement can be exactly the energy booster that a woman needs to get her through those really rough patches up onto higher ground.

 

Not all meal replacers or supplements are created equal! Choose Organic or beyond when selecting.

 

  • Provides the nutrition of a well-balanced healthy meal
  • Naturally filling, satisfying hunger and providing energy
  • Provides live probiotics and enzymes for healthy digestion

 


 

9) Small - Frequent Meals

Eating smaller than usual meals helps the digestive system process on a smaller more manageable level. Just as a breastfeeding baby needs to eat every 2 hours, so should the woman during pregnancy. Smaller meals, more frequently will aid in the digestive process without overwhelming it, and provide the body and baby with a more constant and consistent flow of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and a healthy calorie intake. This is especially important if vomiting occurs regularly throughout the day.

Eating smaller meals also aids the organs as they make way and move to make room for the growing baby within the uterus.

 


 

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10) Short - Regular Walks

Taking a short walk after each meal can help tremendously in aiding the digestive system in processing the small meal you have just eaten.

This not only allows for gravity to work after eating a meal, but the movement also aids in the clearing of the stomach and the bowel.

It is important, even in the last few weeks of pregnancy, to consciously walk with upright posture, giving gravity the best advantage, but also ensuring that the spine and the pelvis remain in proper alignment in preparation for birth.

 

 

 

 


 

 11) The Perfect Prenatal

As stated above, constant vomiting quickly depletes the body of thiamine, vitmain B6, vitamin B12, and vitamin A. When food intake is minimal, at best, it is vital that these nutrients are replaced from a quality source. Finding a prenatal multi-vitamin that has all the perfect perks, required nutrients, and is cost effective is not an easy challenge. Then when you think you just might have gotten it right you find out the hard way that it also contains ingredients derived from sources that your very sensitive tummy is not looking for... And then there was... New Chapter Prenatal.

"All of New Chapter's Multi-vitamins are probiotic and whole. The organic herbs and cultured whole-food vitamins & minerals in each formulation work together to promote optimal health and deliver condition-specific benefits - not just address nutrient deficiencies."

 


~ Factual information taken directly from the New Chapter Website ~

New Chapter’s formulation team takes exacting care with each nutrient in all of our targeted daily Multi-vitamins to benefit the specific needs of the individual. New Chapter Multi-Vitamins are also Non-GMO Project verified - made with organic vegetables and herbs. Perfect Prenatal whole-food complexed multi-vitamin, including targeted levels of whole-food folate, is formulated specifically to nourish mother and baby."

Image sourced from World of Omega

Image sourced from World of Omega

  • Organic herbs and cultured whole-food complexed vitamins & minerals work together to promote optimal health and condition-specific benefits – not just address nutrient deficiencies.

  • Perfect Prenatal whole-food complexed multi-vitamin, including targeted levels of whole-food folate, is formulated specifically to nourish mother and baby.

  • Cultured and safe for pregnancy organic herbal blend combines whole foods and Class 1 herbs with live probiotics to support a healthy pregnancy.

  • A blend of organic Broccoli, organic Kale, and other organic cruciferous sprouts supports healthy estrogen metabolism and breast health.

  • Once-per-meal formula is easy-to-take, easy-to-digest, and can be taken anytime – even on an empty stomach!

     

 


 

 

 

12) Hydration

Needing to drink an abundance of water is common knowledge. However, when you are vomiting it can be difficult to drink water, knowing that it is just going to come back up. When suffering the symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum, the excess of vomiting not only leads to severe dehydration but also a severe loss of electrolytes. Drinking water would be swell and all, but if you are in a way where even your own saliva makes you gag, water is probably not going to cut it alone in replacing necessary electrolytes lost during those moments over the porcelain throne.

 Most commonly known for electrolyte replacement are many popular sports drinks. For women and families who take great care in what they are consuming, the bulk of the ingredients found in the average store bought sports drink can be kind of scary, especially after their business practices are researched and an understanding is gained about the manner in which the electrolytes are sourced.

Do your research. Knowledge, not ignorance!

Coconut Water is one of the best electrolyte replacement sources.

Coco Hydro

  • A high performance electrolyte drink mix made from certified organic coconut water powder.
  • Mineral rich Bali sea salt and ionic trace minerals added to the formula to aid in extreme workouts. (Growing a baby is a pretty extreme workout now!)
  • Fortified with Ionic Trace Minerals from the Great Salt Lake
  • Made from certified organic coconut water
  • Coconuts sourced directly from over 6,000 farmers
  • Available in Lemon-lime, Original, Pomegranate-Raspberry & Pineapple

If you are able to manage with water alone, I would encourage you to invest in a good quality water filter which filters out chlorine and fluoride, if applicable to the water supply where you live. Fluoride is actually a poison. Steam distilled water is the best method but it can be costly upfront, yet saving hundreds in the long run, while saving your kidneys and other organs in the process. Bottled water is never a positive source. Again I encourage you to do your own research, Youtube even has full length documentaries on the truth about the bottled water industry and companies such as Nestle Pure Life.

The information contained in this Article has not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician, Midwife, or other health care professional, but rather as a platform for further education and research on your part. It is always advised to discuss your health care decisions with your Care Provider, personally.

 

 

Reference Resources & Additional Reads

Heart and Hands: A Midwifes Guide to Pregnancy and Birth
Modern Essentials a Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils
Everything Essential
Wishgarden Herbal Remedies
Sea-Bands
BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board
Redeeming Childbirth: Experiencing His Presence in Pregnancy, Labor, Childbirth, and Beyond
Hyperemesis Gravidarum In Pregnancy – Symptoms And Treatments
American Pregnancy Association - Promoting Pregnancy Wellness
New Chapter - Prefect Prenatal
doTERRA
Watch, Learn, Grow - Angie Tolpin
Big Tree Farms - Coco Hydro
Benefits of Essential Oils Throughout Pregnancy, Labor and into Postpartum

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