Oh my goodness, morning sickness! It can be completely debilitating for many people. There are all sorts of theories as to why some people get it so horribly and why others seem to pass through their pregnancy with minimal morning sickness. Whatever the reasons, I will vouch for fellow mamas suffering that it is one of the worst things you can experience. There are some days when little seems to help and all you want to do is curl up in bed.
I prefer to stick to natural remedies whenever possible, especially when I’m pregnant. When it comes to finding natural morning sickness remedies, I’ll tell you that I have tried everything. Everything. Some natural remedies for morning sickness work much better than others, but it can also be dependent on the woman.
And let’s be honest. “Morning sickness” is such a misleading term. I prefer “pall day and night sickness” as mine never seemed to let up and was often worse at night.
I found the morning sickness to be easier to cope with when I was pregnant with my first child, and I’m guessing it’s because I had more time to look after myself and wasn’t running around caring for a busy little person. Many women also feel their morning sickness is worse with subsequent pregnancies.
Read on to find out my top tested and effective picks for the 10 best natural remedies for morning sickness.
10 best Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness
- Ginger. No, you don’t need to munch on fresh ginger root, don’t worry! If you can stomach it though, grate some ginger root into hot water and steep it to make a tea. You can add a bit of honey to sweeten it if you’d like. Ginger teabags are great, and ginger in capsule form has also been proven to really help. Ginger capsules definitely helped alleviate a lot of my nausea on those especially tough days. You can also try drinking flat, room temperature ginger ale. While I tend to avoid any sodas normally, I make an exception during those brutal first months of pregnancy. You can also find some great natural ginger ales. Ginger has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, including nausea.
- B Vitamins. Taking a complex-B vitamin every day is really helpful for many women suffering from morning sickness. Many studies have actually shown that B-complex vitamins taken regularly can help reduce the symptoms of pregnancy-associated nausea and vomiting. Also, Vitamin B-6 in particular – 25mg every 8 hours – combined with ginger, can be especially effective and both are great natural morning sickness remedies. Check with your healthcare provider about the best options and dosage for you.
- Eat small frequent snacks and meals. I always kept a box of crackers near me during the first few months of pregnancy. Try to eat something small right when you wake up so that you have something in your belly. Plain crackers or toast can really help if you don’t feel like eating much else. Filling up your belly with a big meal can make the nausea worse, so think about just lightly snacking all day long. Fresh fruit, simple carbohydrates, raw veggies, cheese & crackers, and energy bars are all good ideas.
- Peppermint. Peppermint can help tremendously with nausea, whether you’re sucking on a peppermint candy, drinking tea, or even smelling it. Peppermint essential oil is also a great natural morning sickness remedy. Put a few drops in an oil diffuser or also use a natural inhaler. I carried one like this around with me in my purse for months and I found that just a couple whiffs could really help ward off those sick urges.
- Aromatherapy. There are certain scents that have been proven to reduce symptoms of nausea. The ones that are most often used are ginger, peppermint, spearmint, and lavender. You can diffuse these pregnancy-safe essential oils in a diffuser, inhale them (add a few drops of the oils to a bowl of very hot water and inhaler the vapor), or you can try a misting spray. Earth Mama Angel Baby’s morning wellness spray is one of my go-to’s – it’s so refreshing and works wonders. It’s a nice mix of citrus and calming ginger. I sprayed it every morning, afternoon and night when my nausea was at its worst. You can spray it in the air, on sheets or even on your wrists. Because it helps tame the tummy and lift spirits, I also like to spray it in the kids’ rooms, especially on days they are feeling a bit sick or cranky. We use EMAB products a lot in our home, and their postpartum products are also some of my favourite natural postpartum essentials.
- Fresh air. When you’re feeling so ridiculously crummy, getting outside and walking can feel like one of the last things you want to be doing. Truth be told though, the fresh outdoors can be a wonderful natural morning sickness remedy. Try to go for a walk first thing in the morning and after dinner. Any time spent outdoors will help.
- Drink lots and eat well. I know, this is sometimes so much easier said than done. But ensuring you’re hydrated is crucial, for many reasons. It can also help to prevent nausea and decrease the symptoms. And while it can be difficult to stomach many foods (I know, I’ve been there), try to eat as well-balanced a meal as possible. If it’s difficult to keep down fresh vegetables or fruit, a smoothie may be a better option. I know that berry smoothies with added chia seeds was one of the few things I could stomach in the first few months of pregnancy. Lots of water and healthy foods are both simple but helpful natural morning sickness remedies.
- Acupressure bands. These little bands are becoming super popular with expecting moms for their natural morning sickness remedy. I used Sea-Bands and found they really did help. They are elastic bracelets/bands that fit over the wrist and have a small little plastic stud that puts pressure right on the P6 (Nei-Kuan) point on each wrist. Applying constant pressure on this point has been proven to reduce symptoms of nausea. I used to wear my acupressure bands daily and found a noticeable difference on any days I forgot to put them on. You can also try using acupressure on yourself. Many women have also found great relief from accupuncture, which can help with many pregnancy-related issues.
- Anti-Nausea Tea. I love tea. Love it. When I’m pregnant though, I can barely stand the smell of my favourite chai, for at least the first few months. Earth Mama Angel Baby’s Morning Wellness Tea is a whole different story though. It’s an organic, non-GMO ginger mint tea that works wonders. I find it helpful to have a cup in the morning as well as a cup at night before bed. It’s full of all the good, pregnancy-safe herbs that help combat nausea and is one of my favourite natural morning sickness remedies. None of the ingredients are too overpowering so it’s very simple, calming and easy on the tummy. I couldn’t stomach too much of any sort of taste, but this was perfect for me. It has ginger, spearmint, chamomile, organe, lemon balm and peppermint. They all work well to not only alleviate morning sickness but also help calm the tummy and mind. I always find I have a better night’s sleep after drinking a cup of this tea. EMAB also makes an awesome organic heartburn tea for that dreaded other pregnancy ailment. More on natural heartburn remedies to come!
- Rest. Lastly, don’t forget to rest. In our busy lives, it becomes so easy to forget to just breathe and rest, especially if you’re already looking after another child or children. My first pregnancy felt like a breeze compared to my second and now third. It’s more exhausting and demanding when you add on the responsibilities of caring for another child. But it’s so, so important to be looking after ourselves and our growing babies. Your body needs sleep and it is a really simple but natural morning sickness remedy. Forget the dishes, forget the vacuuming, and just sleep. Good luck mama. I promise it gets better!
This post was sponsored by Earth Mama Angel Baby, a company whose products I already love and have been using for years. All opinions are 100% my own.