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Nausea and vomiting are a common symptom of pregnancy but they can be troublesome if you experience them often. Vomiting episodes usually show up one month into the pregnancy and can last for about three months. And while it’s a common symptom, repeated episodes of vomiting can dehydrate you and make you all tired and fatigued. However, there are some remedies for vomiting that you can try to feel better!
15 Effective Home Remedies for Vomiting During Pregnancy
Hormonal changes, mood swings, and fatigue can affect your normal routine and you may feel nauseated and vomit often. But there are some remedial measures you can opt for to prevent and treat morning sickness or vomiting during pregnancy.
1. Drink water.
Morning sickness and vomiting can dehydrate you (and tire you out). So drink a lot of water to keep yourself hydrated. If you vomit frequently, drinking water will help retain the essential salts and minerals in your body. Try to drink at least 8-12 glasses of water in a day to keep yourself hydrated and to keep your digestive system working smoothly. You can also suck on ice cubes to prevent the feeling of nausea and vomiting.
2. Drink ginger tea.
Consuming ginger is one of the best natural remedies for vomiting during pregnancy. The smell and taste of ginger can help with the feeling of nausea and vomiting. Ginger can also improve your digestion and reduce the acidity in your stomach. There are several ways in which you can incorporate ginger in your diet to curb vomiting. You can chew on small pieces of ginger, take grated ginger with a spoonful of honey, eat ginger candy or cookies, or drink ginger tea.
Ginger tea works best for many – so here is the recipe to make this healthy beverage!
- Boil 2 cups of water then add 1 tsp of grated ginger to it.
- Let it boil for some time, then strain in a cup.
- Add 1 tsp of honey to it, stir, and drink warm.
3. Try peppermint.
This herb has a calming effect on the stomach and it can provide relief from vomiting too. Peppermint too can be consumed in many ways. You can simply chew on peppermint leaves or eat peppermint candy. You can even sprinkle a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a handkerchief and keep smelling it whenever you feel pukish. And just like drinking ginger tea, you can also drink peppermint tea – here is the recipe to make peppermint tea. However, do check with your doctor before drinking this tea.
- Take 2 cups of water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
- Add dried peppermint leaves to boiling water then add a teaspoon of honey to it.
- Drink this concoction in the morning for relief from nausea.
4. Eat oranges.
Oranges contain citric acid which helps relieve nausea as soon as inhaled. Also, oranges are craved by a lot of women during pregnancy. You can simply inhale oranges or sip orange juice to alleviate the vomiting sensation.
5. How about the winter spice – cinnamon?
A widely used spice in the Indian household, it is considered highly effective to alleviate morning sickness during pregnancy. You can make cinnamon tea by adding a 1-inch cinnamon stick to a glass of boiling water and simmering it for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, allow it to cool and add a teaspoon of honey to it. Drink this cinnamon tea if you feel like vomiting. It will also improve your digestion.
6. Lemon water always works!
Owing to its citrus fruity flavour, lemon provides instant relief from nausea during pregnancy. Lemon is also rich in minerals which can help improve your overall well-being. Just squeeze half a lemon into one glass of warm water and add a teaspoon of honey and drink this juice daily in the morning. Alternatively, you can also inhale lemon essential oil sprinkled on a handkerchief for instant relief.
7. Try apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial properties and is rich in essential acids. It neutralizes the acid in the stomach and maintains the pH of the body, thereby curbing the feeling of nausea and vomiting. Apple cider vinegar is considered best to cure acute vomiting issues during pregnancy. You can consume it in the morning by mixing one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and honey with warm water.
8. Cloves can help too!
Cloves can provide relief from diarrhoea, indigestion and nausea in pregnant women and the best part is cloves are readily available. You can chew on a clove bud whenever you feel like vomiting. Alternatively, you may add 2-3 cloves to boiling water or tea to make a clove tea and drink to get instant relief from morning sickness.
9. Eat yoghurt – it’s healthy and tasty!
Yoghurt has a magical effect on vomiting and nausea. Yoghurt is rich in probiotics, i.e. good bacteria which improves digestion. So, it helps reduce the feeling of vomiting. You can eat a bowl of yoghurt twice a day. You can even add fresh strawberries or a fruit of your choice to enhance its flavour if you don’t like plain yoghurt.
10. Eat kiwi!
Kiwi tastes delicious but also has vital minerals and vitamins. It is also a naturally rich source of folate, potassium, Vitamins C, K and E. It also has a high water content which can help you keep hydrated even after vomiting many times during the day. You can consume it along with your fruit salad or blend it with banana and a cup of water and sprinkle some honey to make a refreshing kiwi drink.
11. How about a handful of almonds?
Almonds contain high protein content and are a rich source of essential nutrients. It helps in digestion and is also considered to provide relief from morning sickness during pregnancy. You can eat 2-3 almonds during the day as a snack or consume 10-12 soaked almonds at night before going to bed in order to avoid morning sickness.
12. Try aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy can also help provide relief from nausea. You can sprinkle a few drops of lavender essential oil along with peppermint essential oil on a handkerchief and inhale the vapours for a soothing effect. Lavender essential oil is known to calm and soothe the senses. You can also inhale a few drops of lemongrass essential oil or orange essential oil sprinkled to your handkerchief.
13. Eat fennel seeds.
The aroma of fennel seeds is quite soothing and refreshing and the seeds themselves are great to keep morning sickness at bay. You can chew on fennel seeds whenever you feel nauseated.
14. Cumin seeds work too!
Cumin seeds can also prove to be an effective remedy for vomiting and nausea. Add a few cumin seeds to boiling water and simmer for a few minutes. Strain and drink 2-3 times a day to help eradicate morning sickness and nausea.
15. Try acupressure.
Acupressure is an effective and natural way to curb morning sickness. You can wear acupressure wristbands on both the wrists. Whenever you feel like puking or nauseated just press the button on the wrist 20 times at an interval of one second. Follow the same procedure on both the wrists to feel better from nausea and vomiting.
Alternatively, you can even massage the pressure points.
- Rest three fingers on the wrist and keep your thumb below the index finger on the wrist.
- Massage this point firmly in a circular motion for a few minutes.
- Repeat the procedure on the other wrist for relief from morning sickness and nausea.
These quick and easy home remedies for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy can provide relief from morning sickness to a great extent. But in case your vomiting is extremely severe, and you throw up whatever you eat or drink then it might be due to a food allergy or infection. So, it is better to consult a doctor for proper medication. Do not self-medicate; sometimes, self-medication can result in miscarriage or long-term damage to the baby.
Morning sickness is experienced by most pregnant women during the first trimester. However, in some cases, it is experienced throughout the pregnancy. If you experience nausea or vomit often, you can try the above-mentioned remedies after consulting with your doctor.