Did you know that around 50% of women experience morning sickness during pregnancy? I was unfortunate enough to have to endure it while pregnant with all 3 of my children. In fact the 2nd time around it lasted well past the 14 weeks that most new moms experience it for. Even before I was pregnant I dealt with it on a regular basis (although nowhere near as bad!). I suffer from something called GERD, which is sort of like acid reflux so my stomach is often upset, and I also suffer from PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) which throws my hormones out of whack (kind of like pregnancy does). Often times these days when I wake in the morning I feel sick to my stomach, dizzy, and nauseated in general.
After dealing with morning sickness, weird food aversions, cravings, and crazy hormonal episodes that come with pregnancy I can tell you, I got sick of feeling “sick”. After much experimentation over the years I came to the realization that there were a few things that helped me feel significantly better in regards to morning sickness & nausea in general & those are:
- Vitamin B6
Most pre-natal vitamins contain Vitamin B6, which can help you greatly with nausea but can be hard to keep down due to extra iron in the vitamins that your body is not used to. Iron can sometimes make you feel sick even though you might need it. So the trick is to take your prenatal vitamins before you go to bed. Before I learned to take my prenatals at bedtime I dealt with all sorts of weird cravings, and this is where the iron comes in. At one point I couldn’t stop smelling vaporub. I didn’t eat it, but boy did it smell delicious. They call this Pica and they believe it’s due to some type of deficiency, possibly iron deficiency. That’s why those prenatals your Dr. prescribed you and making sure you’re getting all the proper nutrients and minerals are so very important. Once I was able to keep my prenatals down & get the proper amounts of B6 & Iron that I needed I started feeling a bit better. (Always discuss usage of prenatal vitamins with your Dr. first)
Ginger, which has also helped me a good deal has been used for centuries to help digestion and treat stomach upset, diarrhea, and nausea in places like China. These days you’ll also find it being used for things like motion sickness & pregnancy related nausea & vomiting. There are a lot of different ways you can use ginger, I prefer ginger ale, raw ginger, and lozenges.
Sea Band Mama Ginger Lozenges
Just recently I had the chance to try out the new Sea Band Mama Ginger Lozenges. They come from the makers of the popular Sea Band motion sickness bracelets/wrist-bands so they have a lot of experience in this area! In the morning I’ve been having a lozenge before I eat and I’ve had good success. The nausea goes away a lot quicker & I can start my day a lot earlier. The thing I like about them is they work quick, it’s a drug-free solution, they’re pleasant tasting, and they’re readily available. They’re also free from artificial colors and flavors and are formulated with essential ginger oils to help relieve upset stomach and include folic acid to contribute to a normal maternal tissue growth during pregnancy.
If you’re dealing with morning sickness you definitely need to check out Sea Band Mama Ginger Lozenges and give them a try for yourself.
Sea Band Mama Acupressure Wrist Bands
The other thing I’ve been using from Sea Band Mama is there acupressure wrist bands. These work based on the principal of acupressure. There is a specific point between the two tendons near your wrist, that in studies has shown to relieve morning & motion sickness. Now I will admit that it did take me a while to figure out the exact placement on my own wrists. It’s definitely something you might need to practice before feeling relief and you may need to apply extra pressure at times to help. A lot of people around the world swear by Sea Bands so they’re definitely worth trying out if you’re looking for a non-drug approach to helping with your morning sickness.
Check out this Video – Pregnancy Morning Sickness? Drug Free Ways to Reduce Nausea During Pregnancy
Where to Purchase
Ready to give Sea Band Mama a try? You can find Sea Band Mama Ginger Lozenges & Acupressure Wrist Bands at your local CVS, as well as many other retailers, including Drugstore.com. Check here for even more places: http://www.sea-band.com/where-to-buy
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