Fighting morning sickness during pregnancy can be a difficult and tiring task. Morning sickness can strike one minute with the smallest scent or taste and last for months before finally fading away. During this time, a pregnant woman may have difficulty drinking or eating, which can place the fetus in danger. Morning sickness typically starts in the first trimester of pregnancy; an important time for proper maternal nutrition and hydration. According to Dr. Amos Grunebaum, there are several alternative treatments for morning sickness that are safe and effective.
Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12
These two super vitamins are commonly included in multi-vitamins and weight loss supplements, but for pregnant women, it is the morning sickness relief that will be most appreciated. Grunebaum suggests taking 25 mg of Vitamin B6 for morning sickness, three times a day. The vitamin will not stop vomiting, but may relieve the nausea causing the vomiting.
Vitamin B12 is in the same family as Vitamin B6. Doses range from 4 micrograms to 25 micrograms two times a day. Vitamin B12 works with folate (Vitamin B9) to help prevent neural tube defects.
Ginger is commonly used to relieve nausea and stomach discomfort by people who are not pregnant. This herb is considered safe for use as an alternative treatment for morning sickness, but the strong scent may cause nausea, so how do pregnant women take Ginger without the strong scent? There are gel based versions of ginger sold in vitamin stores that are scent free to help pregnant women fight morning sickness. Ginger can be taken four times a day at a dose of 250 mg. Ginger works will with Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12.
Natural Tips and Tricks to Fight Morning Sickness
In addition to taking Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 and Ginger for pregnancy morning sickness, Grunebaum suggests eating frequent small meals. When the stomach empties completely, nausea can result which is the opposite effect pregnant women are looking for. Keeping a crackers or a protein bar next to the bed may help prevent morning sickness. If a small snack is eaten before getting out of bed in the morning, the effect of the overnight fast may not be as strong.
Pregnant women want to enjoy the pregnancy from start to finish. Morning sickness can be a horrible feeling, especially when moms-to-be worry about the effect of nausea, lack of food intake and vomiting on the unborn fetus. These alternative treatments for morning sickness may help.
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