x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Natural remedies for morning sickness

Ginger, acupressure bands and peppermint: just some of the natural ways to alleviate symptoms.

Ginger can help reduce nausea. Courtesy iStockphoto
Ginger can help reduce nausea. Courtesy iStockphoto

Pregnancy sickness varies among women but usually occurs only in the early stages of pregnancy, between weeks four and 16. Unfortunately, for many women it may not be exclusive to just the morning or to this stage in pregnancy. Thankfully, there are effective natural ways to reduce nausea. Here's our pick of the best.

Vitamin B6 (50mg daily) has been proven to have excellent nausea reducing properties for some women. Always consult your doctor before taking. Vitamin B6 drops will work best.

Acupressure bands worn around your wrists, commonly used to prevent motion sickness, are very helpful for some women and they are easy to use with no side effects.

Ginger is famous for its anti-nausea effects - however, too much ginger is not good during pregnancy. Although there is nothing conclusive, some studies suggest that consuming too much ginger can raise the risk of birth defects, cause bleeding or disrupt the baby's hormone system. So limit this to a little grated ginger steeped in hot water or chew on a few pieces of candied ginger.

Peppermint is a traditional aromatherapy remedy for pregnancy sickness - a couple of drops on a handkerchief can be helpful to inhale when you start to feel nausea. Drinking peppermint tea can also be helpful and settle the stomach.

Oatcakes and rye crackers, according to Gillian Mckeith, help stave off nausea when you snack on them between meals.

Magnesium, together with B6, has been shown to balance hormones and this could really help to reduce the nausea if your hormones are more stable. Magnesium also relaxes and calms the body and mind, proving itself very useful during times of stress and fatigue. Always consult your doctor before taking it.

Avoid caffeine, sugar, spices, refined carbohydrates and fatty foods - these will all worsen pregnancy sickness.

Eat small meals frequently. If you go a long time between meals, your blood sugar will drop and this is a common trigger for nausea. Even having a small snack before you go to bed can reduce the likelihood of your waking in the night with nausea.

Bland foods are your new best friend. Think quinoa, brown rice and gently cooked vegetables - these are much better than strong flavoured foods that can trigger nausea.

Drink warm water throughout the day: it is vital that you stay hydrated, as dehydration will make you feel much worse and can be dangerous for both mother and baby. The warm water relaxes the body from the inside, settling the stomach, and is much better than drinking cold water.