4 Natural Pregnancy Nausea Remedies

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The first trimester isn’t called the “Bleary” trimester for nothing – it’s a hormonal s*%t-storm.

The body is busy creating the “battery pack” for baby – the placenta – which will eventually take over the job of regulating hormones.

For now, it’s about resting, not letting yourself get too hungry, and moving your body when you can.

As a prenatal yoga teacher, I see most of my students after the first trimester is over, and our energy is getting back to normal.

Personally, I spent most of my first trimester on the floor, watching my husband renovate our bathroom. It was just my happy place.

If you’re feeling out of it, and you find yourself spending your first trimester on the couch or wherever your happy place is, this is totally normal.

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A common experience in the first trimester is pregnancy nausea, or “Morning Sickness”, very inappropriately named since morning is only one of the many times we get to feel like we’ve been on a rocky sailboat for hours, staring at each passing wave.

Pregnancy nausea and vomiting are caused by the rapidly changing hormones as your body adapts to accommodate your baby and its needs.

And while not every pregnant woman experiences nausea, Stanford Children’s Health reports that around half of all pregnant mamas feel nauseous at some point in their first trimester.

The good news is that this symptom usually goes away at the end of the first trimester.

In the meantime, try these four natural remedies to try and relieve your pregnancy nausea.

And just remember, there’s only one thing that’s always true about pregnancy: it keeps changing. 

Pregnancy Nausea Remedy 1: Ginger

Maybe the most well known of remedies for nausea, ginger, is all natural and safe for pregnancy. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a mild stimulant, meaning it helps to improve blood flow.

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The best thing about ginger is that it can be taken in a myriad of ways. Try chewing on a small piece of raw ginger, taking ginger pills, or adding it to a stir-fry.

Can’t stomach any kind of food? Ginger tea is soothing, and it gives you a good reason to sit down with a warm cup and put your feet up. 

My personal fave: rubbing it on my gums, so it went directly into my bloodstream.

Pregnancy Nausea Remedy 2: Acupressure

Did you know there are pressure points on your body that can help relieve pregnancy nausea?

Acupressure for morning sickness works particularly well if your pregnancy nausea is mild.

In these milder cases, you can either use your own hands or have your partner or a friend help.

If your pregnancy nausea is more severe, consider going to a Chinese Medicine Practitioner.

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For do-it-yourself pregnancy nausea relief, locate the spot three finger widths below your wrist and right between the tendons.

Gently press down with two fingers.

You could also put a pebble on the pressure point and hold it in place with a rubber band.  

Pregnancy Nausea Remedy 3: Green Smoothies  

According to Ayurveda, the 5,000 year old sister science to yoga, eating greens is a wonderful way to calm the acidic feeling of nausea.

Unfortunately, if you’re feeling sick, kale might just be the last thing you want to eat!

Smoothies are one of the best ways to get greens into your body, because they’re already blended so your body has to do less work to get the nutrients.

Green smoothies help to alkalize your blood as an acidic pH level has been linked to morning sickness. green smoothie natural remedy for nausea - pregnancy nausea

So what kinds of green leafies should you be tossing into your smoothies?  

Spinach, kale, and lettuce are all high alkaline foods – and full of bonus antioxidants.

Add celery for more micronutrients and lots of fiber.

Sweet fruit like a pear, half a banana or even dates are also great additions for their micro nutrients and to make your smoothie delicious.

Add water and blend. 

For an extra anti-pregnancy nausea punch, add some peeled ginger.

Pregnancy Nausea Remedy 4: Exercise 

One of the last things people think of doing when they have pregnancy nausea is exercising.

Yet, it’s highly recommended by The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) that pregnant mamas get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.

Many of my students tell me they almost skipped class because they felt so ill, and they’re so glad they didn’t, because their nausea was gone by the end.

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Sometimes moving our breath and body in new wayus can move toxins through and shift our energy so we feel renewed.

At the very least, a walk, a swim, or a customized online prenatal yoga class can take your mind off of how sick you feel.

Plus, physical activity, especially stretching, helps release feel-good hormones that will help counteract the not-so-good ones.

It’s so important to listen to your body, and what it’s telling you you need.

If your body says to simply “rest,” then rest! All of these remedies will be here for you to try again tomorrow.

But if you’re feeling like you might want to try getting up, start with just walking around your house.

Put on a song and dance.

Do a Downdog.

I hope you might just feel better soon!

 

 

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