Nausea affects almost 70 percent of pregnant women, and for some, finding relief seems impossible. Since a prescription drug widely used in the 1970s and 1980s was banned for use in some countries due to lawsuits linking it to numerous birth defects, doctors are not likely to prescribe anti-nausea medications to pregnant women. Home remedies are widely used with great success and no side effects. The home remedies in this article have helped thousands of women overcome their morning, noon, and night sickness during pregnancy.
One of the most widely recommended remedies is eating saltine crackers, preferably in the morning before you even get out of bed; keep a pack on the nightstand and slowly eat two or three before getting up. This helps to absorb some of the excess acid in the stomach and start the digestive system before disturbing the equilibrium. Saltines are very mild, have no seasoning and come in a variety of nonfat, whole wheat and low sodium so they are suitable for many pregnancy diets. You can substitute plain rice crackers if you are on a very restricted diet. The point is to get something mild, plain, simple and starchy into the stomach before rising. You can also keep crackers on hand to eat throughout the day.
Sucking on lollipops or hard candy also helps with nausea by getting sugar into the blood and calming the stomach. Lollipops can provide fast relief when you are out and start to feel nauseated. Preggie Pops and Preggie Drops are some specifically made candies that use herbal extracts known for soothing the stomach like peppermint, spearmint, lemon and ginger, and they are lower in sugar than some other candies. Sugar-free candy drops or lollipops are also effective, especially peppermints. The point is to keep the mouth moist, keep swallowing and keep something in the stomach.
Hot tea is especially comforting during pregnancy. A cup of chamomile tea can help ease any nausea you may be experiencing. Chamomile is known for relaxing the nerves and calming the stomach. You can add a little honey to the tea if you don't like the taste. If you are not a hot tea drinker, then make iced chamomile tea. You can also get chamomile extract supplements at the health food store. Chamomile is one of the safest herbs to use during pregnancy, but before taking any herbs you should always check with your doctor first.
Ginger root has long been known to curb nausea. It has been used for centuries by Asian doctors to treat upset stomach and nausea. You can drink ginger tea, take ginger caplets, cook with ginger root or suck on ginger candies. Whichever way you choose to take ginger, it is well worth adding to your pregnancy diet, as it also aids in digestion. Ginger is a very strong spice--if you don't like the taste, try taking pills so you won't taste it at all, sucking on ginger drops or eating candied dried ginger. Ginger and chamomile tea and ginger and peppermint tea are also tasty. If you like the taste, a ginger jam or jelly spread on saltine crackers can help subdue the nausea.