Nausea is one of the most common complaints during pregnancy - around two-thirds of all expectant mothers struggle with it. It’s therefore considered a normal side effect, especially in the first few months. The good news: The nausea usually disappears by the end of the third month of pregnancy. But why do many women feel morning sickness and what remedies help against them?
Reasons for morning sickness
The reasons why morning sickness is often associated with the first three months of pregnancy are not fully understood. However, scientists suspect that a high level of HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is the trigger. HCG is colloquially referred to as the pregnancy hormone, which is produced in the outer layer of the amniotic sac. HCG stimulates the production and release of the hormone progesterone, which affects the development of your unborn child.
The nausea subsides after the third month, as the placenta develops from the second trimester, which takes over the tasks of the HCG hormone. This regulates the HCG level again.
The following remedies help against sickness during pregnancy:
While you don't have to worry about your morning sickness harming your baby, it's still uncomfortable. However, there are a variety of remedies that can help you reduce your nausea. For example, you can eat something before you get up in bed for example a banana, an apple or crackers. These foods raise your blood sugar levels and directly provide energy to your body, which can directly counteract nausea. In addition, herbal tea can be very digestible.
Be careful not to over-season your food, or eat foods that are too acidic or greasy. During pregnancy you should generally drink a lot, at least two to three litres a day. But avoid cold drinks and those that contain a lot of carbon dioxide or fruit acid.
Ginger is another miracle cure for morning sickness, as various studies have already shown. You can decide for yourself whether you prefer ginger supplements, ginger tea or ginger candies.
Vitamin B6 can also help you get rid of nausea. Natural sources of vitamin B6 are, for example, bananas, avocados, whole grain cereals or rice.
Bitter substances, such as those found in grapefruit, rocket or artichokes, can also help.
Take regular breaks and get some rest to reduce your morning sickness, especially when your body signals to you that it needs rest. But meditation, light yoga or a long walk in the fresh air can also contribute to your relaxation.
Alternative healing methods such as acupuncture or acupressure can also help you against the nausea in your pregnancy. Talk to a specially trained doctor about this.
If you want to try medication, your gynaecologist can certainly recommend the right preparation. However, there is currently no drug specifically approved for the treatment of morning sickness. For this reason, you should seek detailed advice from your doctor about the effects and side effects before you take any medication.