Morning sickness is known to every woman who has ever been pregnant, whether or not she has experienced it in its worst form. This is an extremely common condition characterized by nausea, vomiting, and often dizziness. Its name is rather confusing, as it can happen at any time of the day during the first few months of pregnancy.
Here are some 100% natural remedies for morning sickness.
Raspberry leaves can be consumed during pregnancy without any side effects. The leaves tone the muscles of the pelvic floor and the uterus. They are also rich in calcium, iron, vitamin E and vitamin C. Tea made using raspberry leaves can be used throughout the course of pregnancy to ease morning sickness, tone the muscles that will be worked during labor, help in the synthesis of breast milk, and prevent miscarriage.
Nettle leaves have high amounts of vitamins and minerals. They are quite useful for the treatment of morning sickness. The leaves also encourage the production of breast milk, reduce muscle spasms, retard the formation of hemorrhoids and alleviate leg cramps. Even after childbirth, nettle leaves can be used to tone the nervous system and regulate the hormone levels in the body.
Tea made using dried ginger root is helpful in treating persistent morning sickness. It calms the stomach and reduces gas and bloating.
Peppermint tea can be drunk at night before sleeping to prevent the occurrence of morning sickness. It is said to ease the symptoms of gas and bloating. Add 2 tsp of dried peppermint leaves in hot water and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink the tea while it is still warm.
Chamomile is gentle and soothing on the stomach and treats the symptoms of morning sickness. Tea made from chamomile can be sipped throughout the day for immediate relief as and when required. Although the next three items are not strictly herbs, they are worth a mention since they are effective in relieving nausea.
Native Americans have been using the root of the wild yam to treat morning sickness and help ease childbirth. It has been claimed that the presence of substances called diosgenin in root supplements causes an increase in the levels of progesterone, testosterone and other hormonal compounds in the body. However, this claim is still controversial.
Yes, the humble cabbage can relieve morning sickness as well. Consumed in any form – raw, cooked, or juiced – cabbage can soothe the stomach and stop nausea.
8. Peach Leaves
The leaves of the peach tree have been used in Chinese medicine to treat ailments related to pregnancy such as morning sickness. Europeans, however, have used the bark of the tree to make a soothing tea. Herbs can ease some of the discomfort experienced by women during pregnancy, if paired with a healthy diet, rest, and gentle exercise.