Parenting: 10 home remedies and tips to stop vomiting during pregnancy

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Vomiting during pregnancy is common, especially during the first trimester. This is also called morning sickness. But unlike its name, most pregnant women experience morning sickness at any time of the day. The symptoms usually begin around the sixth week of pregnancy and settle down by the 14th week. However, some women may experience it throughout their pregnancy.

While morning sickness is a common symptom, repeated episodes of vomiting can make you dehydrated and fatigued. Here are some remedies for vomiting during pregnancy that may help. Scroll down.

What Causes Vomiting During Pregnancy?

The exact cause of vomiting during pregnancy is yet to be established. But it is believed that a combination of physical changes that a woman’s body undergoes when she is pregnant is what may cause it. The possible causes of vomiting during pregnancy include:

  • Increase in Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (HCG)
  • A rise in estrogen levels
  • Enhanced sense of odour
  • A sensitive stomach
  • Stress
  • If you are pregnant with twins, you might be more prone to vomiting.
  • Symptoms of vomiting and nausea in a previous pregnancy.
  • If you are prone to motion sickness, there is a higher chance that you will experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
  • A family history of nausea during pregnancy
  • A history of migraine headaches

Let’s now look at the symptoms.

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What Are The Symptoms Of Morning Sickness During Pregnancy?

While some experience nausea and vomiting only in the morning, a majority of pregnant women experience nausea intermittently, all day long. The common symptoms are as follows:

  • Increased saliva production, sensitivity to odours, and change in taste.
  • Hyperemesis gravidarum: This is a medical condition when nausea and vomiting result in about 5% or more weight loss in an expecting woman. This might be a result of dehydration and requires hospitalization. It is much worse than normal nausea and morning sickness.

Listed below are some amazing home remedies that can offer quick relief and help treat nausea and morning sickness over time.

Home Remedies To Stop Vomiting During Pregnancy

Oranges

The fresh and citric odour of oranges can help relieve nausea almost as soon as it comes in contact with your nostrils.

You Will Need

  • 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered orange peel

What You Have To Do

1. Take a teaspoon of powdered orange peel and suck on it.
2. After a while, drink a cup of orange juice.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this whenever you feel nauseous or uneasy.

Water

You must up your intake of water if you are on a vomiting spree during pregnancy. Try sipping on a little water to check if your stomach can tolerate it.

You must remember to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to prevent dehydration. You can also suck on some ice chips to help with nausea and vomiting.

Ginger

Ginger is a proven remedy for vomiting and nausea. The fresh aroma of ginger can help with nausea, while its antispasmodic effects relax your intestinal muscles. Multiple studies are in favour of consuming ginger to help with nausea during pregnancy.

You Will Need

  • 1-2 inches of ginger
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Steep ginger in a cup of steaming hot water for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain and let it cool a bit before adding some honey to it.
  3. Sip on the warm ginger tea slowly.

How Often You Should Do This

You can drink ginger tea 2-3 times daily.

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Vitamin B6

Intake of foods rich in vitamin B6 may have a positive effect on morning sickness and constant nausea.

Legumes, nuts, soy, poultry, and fish contain sufficient amounts of vitamin B6. Doctors may also recommend supplements for vitamin B6 (10-25 mg) that are to be taken thrice daily. However, consult your healthcare provider for the right dosage of supplements for you.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a widely used spice for cooking. It has antiemetic properties that can help relieve nausea and vomiting.

You Will Need

  • 1 inch of cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon gums (optional)

What You Have To Do

  1. Steep the cinnamon stick in a cup of hot water for about 10 minutes.
  2. Allow it to cool a bit and add some honey to it.
  3. Drink the cinnamon tea.
  4. You can also chew on some cinnamon gums for relief from nausea and vomiting.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink cinnamon tea at least 2 times daily.

Lemon

The citrusy flavour and aroma of lemons provide immediate relief from nausea and vomiting among pregnant women. Additionally, lemons are rich sources of various minerals that are helpful in improving your overall health.

You Will Need

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 glass of water
  • Honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon and mix it in a glass of water.
  2. Add a little honey and consume the lemon juice.
  3. You can also suck on the lemon while inhaling its aroma deeply.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this immediately when you feel nauseated.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an alkaline-forming vinegar. This activity of ACV is highly beneficial in maintaining the pH of your body and neutralizing the acid content in your stomach, thus treating nausea and morning sickness. However, there are no scientific studies to prove the efficacy of ACV for morning sickness.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 glass of cold water
  • Honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of cold water.
  2. Add a little honey to this mixture and consume it.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink this mixture once every night.

Yoghurt

Yoghurt is a rich source of probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria that aid digestion, which can, in turn, help reduce the symptoms of vomiting during pregnancy.

You Will Need

A bowl of plain yoghurt

What You Have To Do

Consume a bowl of plain yogurt.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1-2 times daily.

Cloves

Cloves have been used in folk medicine to relieve morning sickness. They contain a compound called eugenol that imparts a strong aroma and flavour to them. This helps in treating vomiting and nausea. It also has a soothing effect on your stomach.

You Will Need

  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Honey (optional)

What You Have To Do

  1. Steep the cloves in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain and allow it to cool a little. Add some honey.
  3. Drink the clove tea.

How Often You Should Do This

You can drink clove tea 2 times daily.

Vegetable Soup

Since vomiting tends to leave you dehydrated, it is recommended that you increase your fluid intake post vomiting during pregnancy. Once you know that your stomach can tolerate water, you can start consuming broths and soups made of vegetables or chicken. These are clear liquids that will not only provide you with the much-needed calories but also prepare your stomach for solid foods.

 

 

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