Top tips for managing morning sickness

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Morning sickness is one of the more uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing aspects of pregnancy. Most women suffer from it at some point, but knowing that you’re in good company isn’t much consolation when you’re rushing to the loo – yet again!

In most cases, morning sickness starts at around 6 weeks and ends in the 12th -16th week.

And in most cases, nausea and vomiting is not limited to the morning. Sorry!

Morning sickness usually begins around the 6th week of pregnancy and ends around the 12th or 16th week. But some women, suffer from a more extreme form, known as hyperemesis gravidarum. In such cases, women can even require hospitalization and need a drip or injections to boost lost fluids.

Here are some of my favourite remedies:

  • My favourite homeopathic remedy is Nux Vomica. This powerful remedy is commonly used to treat indigestion, heartburn, bloating, nausea and vomiting. I suggest taking 6c three times per day for 3 to 5 days
  • Morning sickness can be caused by liver’s inability to detox the sudden increase in serum levels of oestrogen. The liver is the organ that clears the body of toxins. It has to work very hard, especially during pregnancy. So, reduce the load on the liver by reducing your level of toxins by switching to organic food, eating vegetarian food, avoiding caffeine and drinking lots and lots of water
  • Eating little and often can help alleviate symptoms. Avoid eating big meals that can lead to increased discomfort and indigestion. And allowing your stomach to become empty can also lead to indigestion as the stomach acids have no food to digest
  • Walking in the fresh air is another good way of reducing symptoms – even if it’s the last thing you feel like doing, it will make you feel better
  • Ginger is well known to reduce symptoms of nausea. Try ginger tea, eating a gingerbread biscuit when sickness strikes (not the whole packet!) or even just adding some raw ginger to boiling water
  • A little known fact is that the spleen can become tense during early pregnancy. This is due to the increased levels of red blood cells and other blood cell elements. I offer my clients a special spleen decongestion treatment along with repositioning the nerve centre for the spleen. This is very effective for relieving symptoms of nausea

I hope you find these suggestions helpful. If however, symptoms persist and become unbearable, please do visit your GP.

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