- Treat Morning
Sickness - Naturally!
- by Alexandra
Although it had long been considered
the stuff of old wives tales and legend, using ginger as a remedy
to treat morning sickness is rapidly earning a new respect.
In studies published in the journal
Obstetrics and Gynecology, doctors from the University of Adelaide
in Australia proved once again this natural remedy is an extremely
effective treatment for the nausea and vomiting that affects
up to 90% of all pregnant women, usually in their first trimester.
But while many doctors still
remain "on the fence" about natural treatments, according
to pregnancy researcher and author Colette Bouchez, the wisdom
of "Mom" has long been on the side of Mother Nature
- particularly in the treatment of morning sickness. "When
it comes to pregnancy, most women have incredibly sharp intuition
and great natural instincts - they know when something is wrong,
and they sure know when something is right, and ginger has been
one of those right remedies for generations," says Bouchez,
the author of "Your Perfectly Pampered Pregnancy: Beauty,
Health and Lifestyle Advice for the Modern Mother-to-Be "
(Broadway Books, NY).
In the new research, Dr. Caroline
Smith reports ginger was compared to clinical doses of vitamin
B6 (a common prescription for morning sickness) and was found
to be as effective.
Although previous animal studies
have revealed a potential link between very high levels of ginger
and an increased risk of pregnancy complications including miscarriage,
Smith reports that her studies found no such connection.
She writes: "For women looking
for a reduction in their nausea and vomiting. . . the use of
ginger in early pregnancy will reduce the severity of their symptoms."
Bouchez, who notes that 3 previous
studies on ginger found similar good results says ginger works
thanks to two active constituents known as "gingerols"
and "shogaols" , both of which give this plant it's
Not coincidentally, she says
these same compounds also work directly on the gastrointestinal
system to reduce the activity linked to nausea and vomiting.
If, however, you've tried ginger
and it just doesn't seem to help you, Bouchez advises skipping
the gingerale and gingersnaps, and go for the "real stuff"
"There is some research
to show that it is the properties found in natural, fresh ginger
that makes this a truly effective treatment - so when possible,
buy some fresh ginger root and use to make a tea, or sprinkle
it on your cereal or a bowl of fresh fruit," says Bouchez.
Six More Natural Treatments
for Morning Sickness
If, in fact, ginger just isn't
your "cup of tea" according to "Your Perfectly
Pampered Pregnancy", here are 6 more "natural"
ways to beat morning sickness.
1. Switch prenatal vitamins - or the time you take
them. The high iron content can induce nausea in many pregnant
women. Switching to a low iron formula in the first trimester
only (when the risk of anemia is very low) may squelch morning
sickness. Also- take your vitamins late in the day, and skip
the glass of water. Instead swallow your vitamin in a spoonful
of pudding or applesauce.
2. Limit fluid intake with meals. Instead drink
between meals - and try other tummy-soothing beverages such as
peppermint iced tea, or chamomile hot tea.
3. Massage your pressure points by applying pressure
on what Chinese medicine experts call the P6 Nei Guan nerve located
in the wrist. To stimulate this anti-nausea nerve use two fingers
from your left hand to press the underside of your right arm
two inches above your wrist. Hold for up to 6o seconds and repeat
4. Rise and shine . . . slowly. Whether it's getting
up in the morning or after a nap, rising too quickly can throw
off equilibrium and contribute to the queasies.
5. Have Breakfast in Bed. If you've heard that dry
crackers is a treatment for morning sickness, you heard right
- but the trick is to eat them in bed, twenty to thirty minutes
before rising - and don't drink any liquids, especially water,
6. Scent Your Hankies! To sidestep nausea caused
by smells and odors outside your home, tuck a hankie doused with
a combination of lavender and peppermint oil into a small plastic
bag and keep in your purse. At the first hint of nausea, hold
the hankie to your nose and breathe deep for almost instant nausea