Control Morning Sickness, Nausea Naturally During Pregnancy

Most women experience nausea and vomiting often during early pregnancy and this is usually called the “morning sickness”. Though the term morning sickness refers to the fact that it occurs in the morning, for some, it can occur at anytime of the day

What is Morning Sickness?

Nausea is considered as a positive sign that the soon to be mother’s pregnancy hormone levels are sufficient to allow her baby to grow well. Those who do not feel sick need not worry as well, since it means that they are one among the lucky ones. It is said that at least eight out of 10 pregnant women feel nausea during pregnancy (accompanied at times by vomiting or sometimes without vomiting). This morning sickness is generally at its peak from the 6th to 12th weeks of pregnancy. However, for some women it might last longer at times even all through entire pregnancy.

When the soon to be mother is tired or hungry or feeling anxious or stressed, she might feel her nausea to be worse. Especially if she’s expecting twins or triplets, she might vomit more frequently as she tends to have elevated levels of pregnancy hormones.

Causes Morning Sickness, Nausea

This sickness can be attributed to hormonal changes during pregnancy, added with vitamin deficiency, blood sugar levels (low), heavy smells, stinking odors, not having enough exercise, stress, fatigue, constipation, nervousness and worries about pregnancy. It is said to be more common if it’s the first child - especially if it’s a girl or in cases of multiple fetuses.

Best ways to control Morning Sickness, Nausea naturally:

1. Keeping hydrated

Keeping oneself hydrated is most important vomiting accompanies morning sickness. Nausea can be limited by adding few drops of ginger essence or lemon juice to water or other natural fruit juices.

2. Eat Often & Chew Slowly

Instead of three large meals, one should try to eat six to eight small quantities of meals all through the day. Chewing at a slower pace might lessen the risk of nausea. Though empty stomach means that there is a lesser chance of vomiting, it is very unhealthy for the mother as well as the unborn child.


It is not advisable for one to remain fasting for more than three hours at a time. It is good to eat smaller meals and not to overeat as it might lead to nausea or even bloating.

3. Eat simple, home-prepared food.

One should not have highly processed food as it is more likely to worsen morning sickness. Similarly, they should also refrain from eating rich creamy foods or heavy meals or spicy and exotic food or greasy and heavy fast food or coffees (especially cappuccinos and lattes).

Such heavy foods will be hard to digest and tend to sit in the gut and makes one feel sick. These undigested foods, foods that have high toxic contents, artificial additives or preservatives might increase nausea as pregnant women's body is highly sensitive to the environment.

Suggested food items include bread toasts, oats, crackers, potatoes, stir fries, rice, steamed or raw vegetables, salads, fresh fruits, minestrones, grilled white fishes & lemon.

One should definitely avoid foods that they are sensitive or intolerant or allergic to. Foods such as soft cheeses and others which might be risky during pregnancy are to be avoided.

4. Eat meat (or protein)

It is better to include certain protein in the night meal (dinner/ supper) that one takes before going to bed. Somewhat light snacks that contain protein helps stabilizing blood sugar thereby preventing the onset of morning sickness.

5. Vitamin B6

Foods that are rich in vitamin B6 should be included in regular diet. Such foods include bananas, vegetables, chicken and salads. Some might face deficiency of this vitamin and rectifying such vitamin deficiency is always a useful remedy. The products available for overcoming morning sickness would mostly contain vitamin B6. One classic example for this includes fruit-flavored lollipops.

6. Getting enough rest

Soon to be mothers should definitely get lot of rest and should try to take smaller naps during the day, as when they are tired, there is more probability of them getting. Most pregnant women feel that they require more sleep during the first three months of pregnancy.

7. Multivitamins

If one feels that taking multivitamins worsen their nausea, they can try to take their essential prenatal vitamins along with food or just before going bed. Nowadays, there are certain pills that are relatively smaller or have lower iron content.

8. Acupressure

Pericardium points six - this is an acupuncture point that is present on one's wrist.  Pressing this point could relieve nausea and there are wristbands that are available in the market which helps one to apply pressure on this point.

How to locate this point

1.    Place one of your hands on the other hand's wrist and measure three fingers' width from the crease between the hand and arm.

2.    At the point where the third finger is, remove pressure until you are simply touching the skin and feel calmly for a small dip. Now, pressing this dip intensely will make this point feel bruised.

3.    The button on the wristband should be placed at this point on both wrists. 

4.    You can wear the wristbands once you wake up in the morning before even getting out of the bed.

5.    Whenever there is a pang of nausea, you can press the button for about 20 - 30 times every second on both the wrists.

6.    Even if you forget to wear the wristbands, pressing these two points will be helpful. You can also ask someone else to do this.