An estimated 3 in 4 expecting moms suffer from pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting and it’s often the first sign of pregnancy. The natural increase in hormones, especially human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, and estrogen are said to trigger pregnancy-related nausea.

As awful as pregnancy-related nausea can make women feel, it is a positive indicator that the placenta is developing well since hCG comes from a placenta that is healthy and growing normally. Women with nausea and vomiting in pregnancy may have a lower rate of miscarriage.

Here are some helpful remedies to help reduce nausea and vomiting during pregnancy:

Freshly grate 1 tsp. ginger and add to 1 cup of boiling water. Let simmer for 10 minutes and then drink it as tea.

Cardamom seeds improve appetite and relieve nausea and vomiting. Chew on 3 to 4 cardamom seeds, or mix ΒΌ tsp ground cardamom into warm water.

Many women successfully reduce their nausea and vomiting by eating small meals several times throughout the day. Try eating a small amount of protein or fat every 2 hours.

Remember to eat foods rich in nutrients such as bananas, berries, and yogurt (preferably very low in sugar).

Chinese medicine recommends including more pumpkin, squash, oatmeal, and whole grains to help with digestive Qi.

Avoid foods high in sugar, processed foods, fried foods, caffeine, and soda.

Eat good quality fat such as coconut oil and avocados.

Get adequate protein in soups and stews with slow-cooked proteins (meat, fish, beans, legumes) and veggies.

Incorporate vitamin B6 in sublingual form.

Stay hydrated

Use peppermint oil in a diffuser.

Natasha Kubis is a licensed acupuncturist and certified yoga teacher.
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