Please Note: If you are pregnant and have been prescribed a prescription drug, report excessive nausea to your doctor. The nausea you are experiencing not be the usual morning sickness, but a side effect (live toxicity or stomach bleeding) of the medication. No all people can tolerate all medications. Trust your maternal instincts.
Although morning sickness usually last only the first thirteen weeks of pregnancy, daily nausea is hard to bear and thirteen weeks may seem like an eternity!
The information below is for normal (first thirteen weeks) of pregnancy. Report abnormal vomiting and severe continual nausea after this time frame to your doctor. He may check for bile duct disease, drug toxicity, vitamin deficiencies (mainly B vitamins) inflammation of the pancreas or liver, inflammation of the colon, or a colon infection. Additionally, abnormal nausea may signal an abnormal rise in Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone. I will let him explain this one to you if this is the case.
My Best Morning Sickness Remedies (Check with your doctor on these):
- In addition to your prenatal vitamin (I use only natural ones, not the chemical ones manufactured by the pharmaceutical companies, I recommend Nature’s Way Prenatal Complete) take 1000 mg. of L-Methionine, which has been shown to be effective in combating nausea, rheumatic fever, and life threatening toxemia in pregnancy. Methionine is an essential amino acid found in garlic, eggs, fish, onions, soybeans, yogurt, meats, and lentils. It combats nausea because it assists in the breakdown of fats, which is a real chore during pregnancy. It protects the livers of pregnant women by breaking down harmful toxins and protecting glutathione stores, which is a critical liver antioxidant.
- Keep a small plastic container of crackers or plain toasted wheat bread by your night table and eat at least two crackers upon rising.
- Do not stop eating. Eat small meals through out the day. Eat fresh fruit alone, between meals, to keep blood sugar and dizziness at bay, which can make you nauseous all by themselves.
- Pick up boxes of Ginger Tea , Peppermint Leaf Tea and Dandelion Tea . These herbs soothe nausea (ginger), calm your stomach (peppermint) and support a healthy liver (dandelion) during your pregnancy. Avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners (especially Equal which can fetal seizures and brain defects) and use a little honey in your tea for sweetness.
- Because cheese is usually high in fat, it can cause morning sickness and nausea in some women. Try low fat cheese, or avoid cheese altogether if you are battling nausea from morning sickness.
- For severe morning sickness, check with your doctor about using Vitamin B6 (50 mg. capsule) every four hours and 400 mg of magnesium citrate upon rising for no more than six weeks. Make sure you take your normal level of B vitamins daily (in your prenatal multi) to avoid an imbalance in the other B vitamins. They work in a group so if you take an extra B vitamin, say B6, you have to make sure you are getting the rest of B6 from another source.
Extra Tip: Researchers from the University of Washington found that pregnant women who slept under an electric blankets during the first three months of pregnancy were twice as likely to give birth to babies with urinary tract defects.