Feeling tired, irritable and sick at the slightest whiff of your man's aftershave probably isn't quite how you imagined spending the first months of your pregnancy. You're battling all-day sickness and the famed ginger biscuits aren't helping. Luckily there are plenty of other things you can try.
1. Use a diary
Knowing what time of the day are your best and worst can help you plan your usual activities. It will also help to know what (if anything) causes the sickness to increase (bus travel or strong smells for example). Once you know your triggers, you can work on avoiding them.
2. Music heals
OK so this is not for everyone but if you're experimental you might like to try using music to calm your morning sickness. Morningwell (www.morningwell.com.au) is a CD of mixed audio including music and other audio signals. The CD mix is believed to work because it interrupts the signals between the brain and stomach.
3. Time for tea
Peppermint tea has long been lauded for its soothing effect on the stomach. Keep a bunch of fresh mint at home (plant it if you can) and you'll have an easy and soothing option always avaliable.
4. Pills and vitamins
To prevent sickness, try taking zinc and vitamin B6 supplemenst. You can take them individually but most good pregnancy supplements contain both. They should also contain other essential pregnancy nutrients. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the best multivitamins for you.
5. Try acupuncture
Many people believe that acupuncture can help to ease a wide array of illnesses including morning sickness. Visit www.naturaltherapypages.com.au to find a registered practitioner.
6. Vinegar tea
Though this may be hard to swallow but many women swear by it. Mix two teaspoons of cider vinegar with luke-warm water and drink it for breakfast instead of tea or coffee. Since you produce more saliva during pregnancy, drying out the mouth somewhat can help.
7. Get walking
If you can, get moving in an outdoor setting. Breathing fresh air combined with light exercise will help to clear your mind and energise your body.
Reflexology is another alternative therapy often used for the managment of morning sickness. Reflexology involves applying pressure to areas on the hands and feet that are thought to be connected to organs in the body. To find a reflexologist visit www.naturaltherapypages.com.au.
9. Mind your nose
Strong smells can be all it takes to make your stomach turn during pregnancy. To counter this, carry some tissues loaded with a few drops of peppermint or similar oils. Just sniff for a quick fix!
10. Go natural
Check out some homoeopathic remedies for a whole new solution to morning sickness. While not always prescribed by doctors, homoeopathic remedies offer a vast array of pills and potions. Run a webseach to find your local homoeopathic store.
Do you have any of your own tried and tested morning sickness cures? Share them below.
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