Mother Nature Never had Morning Sickness

  1. Switch prenatal vitamins or the time you take them. The high iron content can induce nausea in many pregnant women. Switching to a low iron formula in the first trimester only (when the risk of anemia is very low) may squelch morning sickness. Also, take your vitamins late in the day and skip the glass of water. Instead swallow your vitamin in a spoonful of pudding or applesauce.
  2. Limit fluid intake with meals. Instead drink between meals and try other tummy-soothing beverages such as peppermint iced tea or chamomile hot tea.
  3. Massage your pressure points by applying pressure on what Chinese medicine experts call the P6 Nei Guan nerve located in the wrist. To stimulate this anti-nausea nerve use two fingers from your left hand to press the underside of your right arm two inches above your wrist. Hold for up to 60 seconds and repeat as needed.
  4. Rise and shine...slowly. Whether it's getting up in the morning or after a nap, rising too quickly can throw off equilibrium and contribute to the queasies.
  5. Have breakfast in bed. if you've heard that dry crackers is a treatment for morning sickness, you've heard right -- but the trick is to eat them in bed, twenty to thirty minutes before rising -- and don't drink any liquids, especially water, while munching.
  6. Scent you hankies! To sidestep nausea caused by smells and odors outside your home, tuck a hankie doused with a combination of lavender and peppermint oil into a small plastic bag and keep in your purse. At the first hint of nausea, hold the hankie to your nose and breathe deep for almost instant nausea relief.

Colette Bouchez is an award winning medical journalist with more than twenty years experience. She is the former medical writer for the New York Daily News, and the top selling author of The V Zone, Your Perfectly Pampered Pregnancy, and co-author of Getting Pregnant. Currently a daily medical correspondent for HealthDay News Service/The New York Times Syndicate, and WebMD, her popular consumer health articles appear daily online, as well as in newspapers nationwide and in Europe and Japan. She is a regular contributor to USAToday.com, ABCNews.com, MSNBC.com and more than two dozen radio and television news stations nationwide. She lives in New York City.

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