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Early Pregnancy Nausea

It is common for a woman to experience nausea and vomiting during the first 12-14 weeks of pregnancy. For some, it is only a minor inconvenience. For others, it is a major difficulty. The following remedies will help you to get through this period of pregnancy. Remember, nothing but time will completely cure ‘morning sickness’ (which can occur at any time of the day!).

  • Eat something every 2 hours while awake to prevent blood glucose from dropping too low. A low blood sugar will make nausea worse. 
  • Eat something immediately upon getting up in the morning. Some mothers keep crackers at the bedside and eat them before getting up. 
  • If vitamins make you feel more nauseated, don’t take them. You can restart vitamins when nausea goes away later in pregnancy. 
  • Try to eat a bedtime snack with protein in it; like cheese and crackers, a peanut butter sandwich with a glass of milk, yogurt, a little piece of meat. This can decrease morning nausea for some people. 
  • Also eating a protein snack in the middle of the night will help with severe early morning nausea.

Herbs and supplements

Remember, the effect of each remedy will be different for each person. Try one or two to see which works best for you.

  • Vitamin B6: 50mg (25mg in the AM, and 25mg in the PM) 
  • Ginger Capsules: 3 per day 
  • Strong mint or ginger tea: make it strong. Put 4-5 teabags in a quart jar of boiling water, let steep 10 minutes. May refrigerate, take small amounts (1/4 to 1/2 cup) hot or cold frequently throughout the day.

These herbs and supplements have been reported to be helpful, but we have not had personal experience with them. If you try these, let us know how they work!

  • Wild yam root tea: make as above and sip throughout the day. 
  • Wild yam root tincture: 1 dropperful in mint tea, 2 times per day. 
  • Wishgarden Calm-a-Tum tincture: 1 dropperful, 3 times a day. 
  • Homeopathic remedies suggested: Ipecac 30x; Nux Vomica 6x

You can also try sea bands, worn on the wrists. These are available at most pharmacies.

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Mt Eaton Midwifery is a midwifery clinic serving the Amish and Mennonite communities of Holmes, Wayne, and surrounding counties.

Mailing Address: PO Box 216 ​Mt. Eaton, OH 44659

Physical Address: 9176 Winesburg Rd, Dundee, OH 44624

Office Number: (330) 359-0580