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Morning Sickness - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

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Morning sickness often occurs because of low blood sugar, build up of increased hormonal activity, a vitamin B6 deficiency (which may cause low blood sugar problems), Other causes of morning sickness may include diet and emotional factors. Strong smells and certain foods can trigger nausea, so avoid these if you can.

To relieve this problem, take ginger first thing in the morning and repeat at the first hint of nausea during the day.

Nutrition

Eat small frequent meals with complex carbohydrates. Avoid high fat and junk foods. Eat a protein rich snack before you go to bed. Low blood sugar in the morning can cause morning sickness so eat something before you get out of bed. Drink plenty of liquids and remember that it may be easier to drink a nutritious broth for some of your meals. Take B complex vitamins, especially vitamin B6.

Adequate protein will help balance blood sugar levels. Make sure you have some protein before going to sleep each night.

  • Walking at least a mile a day in the fresh air, if weather permits, is a wonderful way to get your circulation going and to get rid of the hormonal by- products
  • Adjust your diet. Stick with small, bland meals and clear fluids. Keep some light crackers by the bed to munch on - an empty stomach increases nausea.
  • Increase your vitamin B intake. Vitamin B-6 supplements have been shown to decrease the intensity of nausea and can be found in most drugstores.
  • A Herbal mixtures may include alfalfa /ginger/ sage/ st marys , fennel , raspberry and chamomile are some herbs that can be mixed in tea to help relieve morning sickness. Mimulus and Scleranthus.

Aromatherapy-citrus oils-grapefruit orange etc.

Ginger: Many pregnant women report relief from morning sickness when they snack on dry toast or crackers immediately after rising and eat small, frequent meals during the day. In addition, here are the herbs that can help.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale). Ginger treats treats motion sickness, a closely related stomach-upsetting condition and dizziness . This chapter lists other remedies for morning sickness, but in my opinion, ginger still ranks number one. I'd suggest up to two cups of ginger tea a day will assist most people.

Peppermint owes its medicinal value to menthol, a cooling, anesthetic stomach soother. Just don't drink large amounts of strong peppermint tea, as some herbals warn that large amounts may trigger miscarriage. If my niece wanted to use peppermint tea, no more than a cup or two at a time.

Cabbage (Brassica oleracea). Yes raw or cooked cabbage, cabbage juice and/or sauerkraut are old-time remedies for stomach distress. Sauerkraut juice in particular is reportedly soothing to the overactive intestines that contribute to morning sickness.

Raspberry leaves has been widely recommended for curbing the nausea of morning sickness. The tea has a persistent reputation as a treatment for women's conditions, from menstrual cramps to morning sickness and labor pains.

Raspberry leaf is said to contain a constituent, readily extracted with hot water, that relaxes the smooth muscles of the uterus. I'd suggest drinking up to three cups a day. Or combine it with Try Ginger, mint and a little lemon for a very pleasant anti-queasiness tea.

Make your own juice with Citrus fruits, a little piece of grapefruit, orange or tangerine rind added to beverage teas has been reported to help relieve morning sickness.

Juices. Those who have juicing machines might consider a combination of ginger, kiwi, mint and pineapple; apple, carrot and ginger; or apple, fennel, ginger and peppermint or spearmint. And what better way to banish this problem than with a healthy, tasty juice.

Treatment for Morning Sickness

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