Morning Sickness – The Not So Fun Part of Pregnancy

So now you get to grow this baby, you pregnant mama!  Not sure if you know, but pregnancy isn’t always a smooth ride.  Wait, what?  I thought it was all about the GLOW and long pretty mermaid hair?

You may be experiencing some not so fun pregnancy symptoms, here are some tips and tricks of the trade that may help to combat morning sickness.

 

Nausea & Morning Sickness

 

What and why: Some mama’s battle with morning sickness causing them to never want to be pregnant again. Morning sickness usually occurs in the first trimester but for the “lucky” ones it can last longer.

 How to help: Ginger, ginger, and more ginger. Ginger has been shown to reduce nausea in the early stages of pregnancy1,2. Try sipping on some ginger tea or chew on some crystallised ginger.

 

Supplements

Vitamin B6 has been shown in randomised clinical trials to be just as effective as ginger when 75mg is taken daily.  NaturoBest Prenatal Trimester One contains 75mg of vitamin B6 in a daily dose plus other high-quality nutrients which support a healthy pregnancy and development of your baby.

Iron supplementation has been shown to aggravate the symptoms of morning sickness when taken in early pregnancy.  If you don’t need to supplement with iron in the first trimester and your healthcare provider says it’s ok not to, then avoid it.  Ideally, you would boost iron stores prior to pregnancy.

Taking a pregnancy vitamin such as Prenatal Trimester One, which has been specially formulated to reduce morning sickness with 75mg of vitamin B6 and no iron could make life a lot easier in that first trimester!

Some women find that swallowing capsules or tablets when they have morning sickness can make them gag and vomit.  Prenatal Trimester One Chewable was designed to overcome this issue; a berry-flavoured chewable tablet that is naturally sweetened with thaumatin.

 

Reflux & Heartburn

Heartburn is when acid or food comes back up into the oesophagus.  Technically it has nothing to do with “burning the heart” but oesophagus-burn is a bit of a tongue twister…

It can happen in pregnancy because of extra pressure on your organs which equals less room in the digestive tract.

Another reason why heartburn happens is because of our hormonal changes.  Ahhhh hormones!  Increased progesterone in pregnancy is what helps us to carry the baby to term, but it also works as a muscle relaxant and can relax the valves between our mouth and stomach causing acid to go where it isn’t supposed to.  Fun eh!

How to help: Avoid overeating, eat slowly and have smaller meals more often to ease discomfort.  Avoid trigger foods – deep fried foods, coffee, spicy foods, soft drinks, alcohol, the list goes on.

Use gravity to your advantage – sometimes the acids can come up more when you are laying flat – try propping some extra pillows behind you.

Slippery elm is a herb that works to soothe the digestive tract.  Some studies3 show that slippery elm can help relieve heartburn.  You can try slippery elm tea or mix the powder with a small amount into water.

 

I hope these tips can guide you on your (hopefully not for too long) up and down journey through pregnancy to create a beautiful and healthy baby.

 

You can learn more about reducing morning sickness in this pregnancy course, Pregnancy Care – Trimester One. 

 

Always read the label and check with your health care practitioner before supplementing with herbs or nutrients.

 

  1. Lete, I (2016) The effectiveness of ginger in the prevention of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and chemotherapy, PubMed  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4818021/
  2. Thomson M (2014), Effects of ginger for nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: A meta-analysis, JABFM, http://www.jabfm.org/content/27/1/115.full
  3. Kines, K (2016), Nutritional interventions for gastroesophageal reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, and hypochlorhydria: A case report. PubMed  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4991651/