MORNING SICKNESS

MORNING SICKNESS

 

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.

 

 

TREATMENT Diet

Your body is telling you what to eat and what not to eat, so its probably best to fol-

low its advice. Following are some additional dietary suggestions.

 



Recommended Food

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 its important to take in lots of nutrients during pregnancy, dont 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.

 

 

General Recommendations

 

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) and red raspberry (Rubus idaeus) tea help some women with morning sickness. Drink the tea throughout the day.

 

 

Homeopathy

 

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.

 

 

Other Recommendations

 

Acupuncture and acupressure have been found to be effective for morning sickness. Commercial acupressure wristbands that relieve nausea are available

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