Are you feeling nauseous, tired and unwell?
Queasy, feeling off colour, vomiting, find smells hard to handle? Do you want to have a healthy pregnancy and have relief from those feelings of nausea, vomiting and exhaustion!? Are you looking for natural relief from morning sickness?
Don’t despair! There are natural remedies to help ease the symptoms of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
Acupressure for morning sickness
The best time to start using acupressure is when you are about 5-6 weeks pregnant before morning sickness usually begins. This is the optimal time. However, you can still get relief if you are already experiencing nausea and vomiting.
This point on the wrist is commonly used for treating nausea. This is pericardium 6. Place your little finger on the wrist crease when your palm is facing upwards, and then place the rest of the fingers along the arm between the tendons. The point is where the middle finger falls. Massaging this point several times a day may help feelings of nausea.
Self care strategies for morning sickness
There are some self-care strategies to help relieve the symptoms that can be used in conjunction with herbal or acupuncture treatment.
1. Rest – the first 12 weeks of pregnancy the body is working overtime. The feeling of fatigue and queasiness is common. Your body is creating the conditions to support and grow another life and your energy is going towards nourishing the little being growing inside. Rest and relax.
2. Eat small amounts of food often. Every 2-3 hours, especially protein foods.
3. Avoid cold foods and drinks. Cold food and drinks affect our digestive system. You may have seen the explanation of why cold food and drinks impair our digestive system in our fertility courses!
4. Exercise – gentle exercise including yoga, tai chi, go for walks in the fresh air, take big deep breaths all the way into the belly.
5. Remain hydrated – you can add lemon, peppermint, ginger and other fruits to the water for an infusion. Ginger is often used for morning sickness, however for some women it will make it worse.
6. Ensure regular bowel movements! This may include doing abdominal massage and eating small meals regularly.