Morning sickness is as much a part of pregnancy as losing sight of your toes and constant heartburn. Some women have morning sickness not just in the a.m. but 24 hours a day. For most, the nausea of morning sickness goes away after around 12 weeks but for many, the queasiness lasts the entire nine months. A few women even experience extended bouts of vomiting that can lead to malnourishment and dehydration. In those cases, an OB-GYN can prescribe medication to stop the vomiting.
Just as every woman is different, morning sickness cures won’t work for every woman who tries them. The tried and true remedy that may have helped your best friend during her pregnancy may not help your nausea in the slightest. Here are a few crazy cures that just might help your upset tummy.
1. Eat a snack
There was a line in an old country song that said, “You can eat crackers in my bed anytime” and that’s exactly what Mom’s to be should do to alleviate the nausea of morning sickness. A lot of women don’t experience their first waves of queasiness until their feet touch the floor in the morning. Morning sickness can be exacerbated if you rise with an empty stomach, so make it a point to keep saltines by your bed and eat two or three before you even get up.
2. Salt and Vinegar
Salt and vinegar have been home remedies for nausea for ages. Any type of food containing salt can ease your nausea as long as it’s not especially greasy. Apple cider vinegar has been used since the Middle Ages for everything from wound cleaning to calming inflammation, and many women have used it to reduce their nausea during pregnancy. One way to combine both of these is by eating salt and vinegar potato chips to help an upset tummy.
3. Eat cookies
Sounds reasonable enough, but not just any cookie. You need to eat coconut macaroons. Coconut has been known for centuries to calm queasiness and settle a rumbling tummy. Even though there are tons of coconut macaroon products on the market, the one that seems to work the best is made by the Archway cookie company.
4. Have some citrus
Try adding grapefruit to your diet. Many moms to be say the sourness combined with the water and sugar in grapefruit go a long way in alleviating their morning sickness. If you’re not fond of grapefruit, you can also try sucking on lemon drop candies.
5. Acupressure bands
These are also called morning sickness bands, and they work by putting pressure on the p6 pressure point on the inside of the wrist. They are supposed to relieve the nausea of morning sickness without drugs and side effects and all in under 30 minutes. The bands use acupressure, a pressure therapy that is applied to a specific point on the wrist that controls nausea and vomiting. Many mother’s to be swear by these bands.