What is Morning Sickness?
If you're pregnant or looking to conceive, you may be wondering about some of the side effects and changes that occur in the body. Morning Sickness is simply nausea that occurs during pregnancy. When does morning sickness occur? Morning sickness or nausea can happen day or night, and mainly affects women in the first trimester of pregnancy, but can last throughout the entire pregnancy.
It is not known what exactly causes morning sickness, but hormonal shifts caused by pregnancy are believed to be responsible.
What to Do About Morning Sickness?
This page is to allow discussion and suggestions for natural treatment of morning sickness. Currently we are looking for more home and folk cures for morning sickness, but one of our more popular remedies so far is taking ginger or naturally flavored ginger snacks1; light snacking has been known to help curb nausea associated with morning sickness. Acupressure is likewise often suggested as a simple home remedy for nausea.2 Let us know what you use to combat morning sickness.
Also check out our other remedies for pregnancy.
3What do we know about herbal morning sickness treatments? A literature survey.
Ginger for Pregnancy Nausea
[YEA] 01/11/2008: Brigitte from Houston, Texas: "Please, note that I speak from experience. Nothing works better than eating several small yet healthy meals and taking ginger supplements or eating ginger snaps for alleviating the nausea that comes with the early stages of pregnancy. Usually by your fourth month you will no longer need to bother with this as the nausea becomes less over powering. Note that the olfactory senses in a pregnant woman are keenly acute and it would also be of great assistance to bring a handkerchief lightly dowsed with baby powder or some other light fragerance that is easily tolerated by the expecting mother for times when an unpleasant odor sneaks up on you."Replies
[YEA] 04/02/2009: Sharron from Atlanta, GA replies: "550 mg Ginger Root capsules have staved off my continual bouts with nausea and vomiting during my current pregnancy. I'm 22 weeks along and I still take one every morning & freely throughout the day at the first sign of queasiness. It works really fast -- within 5-10 minutes usually.
I wish I'd known about this remedy during my first pregnancy. It was so bad I couldn't stand to look at water without vomiting all the time. Ginger Beer helped during that pregnancy (its a stronger brew than ginger ale). But sometimes I was too sick to drink and hold it down. I wish I'd known about these ginger capsules and/or fresh ginger then. Hope this helps someone.
Also, I wonder whether ginger is the reason I've only gained like 6 lbs so far? I snack all day long rather than eating at normal mealtimes & I'm also still nursing my 1 year old. Between these three factors, I haven't gained nearly as much weight as I'd gained with the last pregnancy at this point. Anyway, cheers to GINGER!!"
[YEA] 01/19/2012: Sarah from San Diego, Ca, Usa replies: "Ginger worked wonders for me as well. Ginger tea, Reeds extra ginger beer, and ginger chews... Also Mint tea is a great way to relieve morning(or all the time! ) sickness. I carried mint tea bags with me anytime I was out and about... Just take a good strong sniff of the tea bag anytime something makes you feel sick!"
Lemon Juice, Raw Ginger
[NAY] 07/27/2009: Thelena from Utretcht, The Netherlands: "i have tried drinking lemon juice with honey as a tea and eaten raw ginger for morning sickness and i haven't noticed a change the whole day that i have tried all these remmedies is there something else i could take. help"
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
06/27/2008: Tan Koon Peng from Singapore: "Red raspberry leaf tea has been used for thousands of years and has earned the reputation of being the "supreme" herb for pregnant women. It can relieve almost any discomfort of pregnancy from morning sickness to leg cramps. It has also been shown to strengthen & tone the uterine wall and help to make delivery easier and speedier by helping the uterus contract more efficiently and helps expel the placenta after.
Red Raspberry Tea have help many mothers relieved labor pain by a great deal and prevent miscarriage successfully.It have even helped a woman who had four miscarriages had 2 baby in 3 years in a row.She drank this tea daily and become a mother for the first time.
Historically women have taken raspberry leaf tea throughout their pregnancies up to and including childbirth. You may choose to drink raspberry tea during your pregnancy but add more red raspberry leaves to your drink in your final month of pregnancy. This would be great for drinking during labour & right after.
Raspberry leaf tea has traditionally been used as a woman's herb to control heavy menstrual bleeding, reduce the risk of miscarriage, and promote a healthy pregnancy. A folk remedy for minor mouth sores is to gargle with raspberry leaf tea. The Chinese traditionally used raspberry leaves for diarrhea, stomach ailments, muscle pain, and other conditions. Raspberry has also been recognized as a topical remedy for use on burns and wounds.
Red Raspberry seems to help prevent morning sickness, tone uterine muscles, reduce pain during labor, and ease childbirth. Along with blackberry, raspberry is recognized to be rich in astringent tannins that can have a beneficial effect on diarrhea. Raspberry may also help to prevent or treat: common cold and flu,sore throat,bleeding gums.
Raspberry leaf has a rich concentration of vitamin C, E, A & the B complexes. It also contains calcium & iron in one of its most absorbable forms. These are all nutrients which are very important during pregnancy.
Raspberry juice was one of twenty vegetable and fruit juices tested that showed antimutagenic activity against benzo[a]pyrene, which is a mutagen and carcinogen.
Researchers in Mexico found that ellagic acid, a phenolic compound that occurs naturally in raspberries, inhibited the mutagenicity of a strain of aflatoxin.
Raspberry Leaf: Used to restore a hormonal balance, nourish the uterus, and prevents pregnancy complications. Contains vitamins and minerals including vitamin c and calcium. The alkaloid fragrine helps tone the uterus and muscles of the pelvic region. A powerful fertility-promoting herb.
Raspberry heals the lower body organs and pelvic muscles, which helps to ease difficulties associated with uterine disorders. Also relieves tension and strengthens kidneys and urinary tract.
Scientists found that raspberry contains the alkaloid fragrine, which may relax certain pelvic muscles and promote uterine health. Ellagic acid, which also occurs in strawberries, grapes, and black currants, has antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic properties. Raspberry also contains flavonoids including quercetin; tannins; polypeptides; and vitamin C, calcium, and other nutrients.Red Raspberry also promotes healthy nails, bones, teeth, and skin.
To make a tea, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb and steep for ten minutes. Strain.
During the first trimesters, drink 1 cup per day. During second trimester, drink 2 to 3 cups per day. In the final trimester, drink 4 to 5 cups per day. Using a teaball would be useful. You can also drink it HOT for better results.
Please store the dried tea in an airtight container in the freezer to keep the herbs dry and fresh."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 05/14/2009: Vivian from Cedar Rapids, IA, USA replies: "I drank raspberry leaf tea religiously for the second half of my pregnancy. I usually had 3-4 cups throughout the day. I drank it to promote a speedier and more efficient labor as well as for the health benefits. Well, I'm not sure if it was the tea, or if it was because it was my second pregnancy, but the labor only lasted two hours. I was not even in the hospital a complete hour before my child was born!
I heard that drinking this tea can cause extrememly painful contractions, which I had. I also went from thinking that "This just might be it" to "Oh my! We need to leave now!!!" in a matter of minutes. No joke. It went so fast I did not get any drugs, which I was going to try to do without anyway, but regretted not getting at the time. It was almost like I just about skipped labor and went straight to delivery, at least that was what it felt like.
There really was no progression of pain. I was terrified because the contractions were so horrible that I was afraid that they were going to get worse as it went along, but it didn't. Even at the end the pain never got worse, it was just extremely intense the WHOLE time. After delivery, I was also in extreme pain, which still felt like labor, for quite some time afterwards until they gave me a pain killer. I didn't even get to hold my baby for the first half hour. The nurses did say that is pretty normal for a second labor especially when you have no drugs, you feel it more.
I wanted it to go fast, but not so fast I couldn't wrap my head around it. It was really quite dramatic! Again, I'm not sure if it was from the tea, or if it would have been like that normally. I do know I ignored the warnings about severe contractions because I thought faster was better.
It took a little longer to heal. I think because going that fast is harder on your body?? One good thing though, I only had one tiny little tear that didn't even need to be stiched, which I was quite amazed about."