Saturday, July 13, 2013

Garbh Sanskar: Morning Sickness

This illness is believed to be caused by the sudden and dramatic hormonal changes that occur during early pregnancy. And it can be aggravated by emotional stress, travel, and the smell or taste of some foods.

Pregnant women looking for a cure for morning sickness are typically looking for an effective and safe end to their nausea. Finding this cure for morning sickness nausea is not easy.



  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Food aversions
  • Headaches
  • Light headiness
  • Weight Loss

Now that you're pregnant, it is important to eat healthily. Of course, this is difficult if you have morning sickness and can't seem to keep anything down. Small regular meals and a lot of fluids can help to combat the nausea you're experiencing right now.

Morning sickness is the nauseated feeling you experience in your first trimester. It usually starts out in the morning and wears off as you become active throughout your day. This is a good place to start when looking for morning sickness relief. Not all morning sickness remedies will work for you, but these are just a few remedies and comforts that have helped other women get through their days.

Allow yourself plenty of time to get out of bed. If you usually get up at 6:00 a.m. set your alarm for 5:00 a.m. It is a good idea to keep dry cereal,biscuit by your bed, so you can put something in your stomach as soon as you wake up. These bland, carbohydrate-based foods help lessen nausea.  Get out of bed slowly as you start your day.Ginger -- in tea -- can be effective in fighting nausea, but careful not more…

Vitamin B-6 also provides relief for many pregnant women; don't take more than 25 mg a day, and again, consult your doctor first. Over-the-counter product containing glucose, fructose, and phosphoric acid. It seems to reduce nausea by easing intestinal hyperactivity, and appears to have no significant side effects (although it can raise blood sugar in patients with diabetes, including gestational diabetes, so if you are in that category, check with your doctor before taking).


Try taking your prenatal vitamin in the middle of a meal instead of on an empty stomach. Choose "stomach-friendly" foods such as yogurt, and low-fat, high-carbohydrate foods.Avoid hard-to-digest foods.Don't force yourself to eat foods that make you feel worse just because they're good for you. If you're going to throw up all the nutritious foods you're eating, you're better off just eating what you can keep down, and making up for it when you feel better.

Carry around a slice of lemon inside a small plastic bag. Some women find that sniffing lemon helps to settle their stomach. Others find similar relief from mint or grated ginger root.

"If there's something nutritious already in the house -- like fruit or veggies that have been cut up into bite-size pieces -- you're much more likely to eat them than you would be."

Don't have fluids at mealtimes. Some women find that eating and drinking at the same time can trigger nausea. Just make sure,  that you make up for the lost fluids at other times of the day, since dehydration can also cause nausea.

It is important to always have some kind of food in your stomach, as this will lower your chances of experiencing nausea - and if you do, most likely symptoms will be milder. If the stomach is empty, the acids have nothing to workon, except for the stomach lining, resulting in worsening nausea.

Eat small meals throughout the day to avoid getting too full or too hungry. Progesterone slows the speed of food passing through your digestive tract. To further prevent your stomach from getting too full or too empty, you should drink fluids a 1/2 hour before or after a meal, but not with your meals. But DO drink fluids throughout the day to avoid dehydration.

Being hydrated is crucial for good health, and very important during pregnancy. Some mothers with morning sickness may not feel like consuming their recommended eight glasses of water per day, especially if their stomachs seem not to let them. However, the more dehydrated you are, the more nauseated you will become.

Sucking ice cubes made from water or fruit juice is also an effective method. The colder the drink, the easier it is to consume.Many women do better with cold foods and liquids. 


Get plenty of rest when you can. This is especially important if you have to get up early in the morning. But DON’T take a nap right after a meal. This can cause nausea to be worse.Avoid foods or smells that make your nausea worse, and avoid being in warm places, which can increase your nausea.

For dinner avoid spicy, oily foods. Prepare things that are bland and do not have a strong odor. You may have to avoid cooking for the first trimester.Most importantly, go to bed early! You need your rest to have the energy to get up early and do it all over again. If you happen to wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, try to eat something from your bedside!

Morning Sickness:

  • Lemons (eat them, suck on them, sniff them)
  • Bland foods
  • Plain vegetables or fruits
  • Keep meals small, but eat as frequently as you need
  • ginger and Peppermint tea

Morning sickness is very much smell-associated - the pregnant mother becomes more sensitive to odors. Certain ugly smells, smells you cannot get away from, and potent smells such as perfumes can trigger an episode of unpleasant nausea. The most effective scents, according to self-reports, are lemon extract.Citrus:Some people recommend the smell of citrus. You can grate the peel of a lemon and maybe also an orange. Put the peels in a bag. When you feel nauseous, open the bag and smell the citrus. You can also try lemon soda with lemon, or even a small slice of lemon or orange.

Sometimes, the nĂ¡usea and vomiting may be due to acid reflux. Taking antacid medication before going to bed may help reduce stomach acid levels, and the subsequent morning vomiting. Check with your doctor before buying any medication during pregnancy.

Applying pressure on specific points on the body to control symptoms has been shown to help some women with morning sickness. In this case, it involves wearing a special band on your forearm.

Salty foods. Some women feel better eating small, salty snacks like potato chips – but not too many.Eat foods that are high in carbohydrate, such as bread and potatoes, to help soak up stomach acids. Foods high in protein are also easy to stomach and digest. At night, try eating something high in protein snack/meal before going to bed, as this will help regulate your blood-glucose levels.The fruit's potassium may help prevent morning sickness.


Short LIsted: Don’t and Do:

Do not:

  • Miss a meal. It can actually make you feel sicker than if you ate in the first place.
  • Eat oily or spicy foods. The smell could make you sick, and they both can cause heartburn.
  • Eat garlic, onion, or acidic fruits and vegetables. Different foods trigger morning sickness for everyone, but these are the worst.
  • Drink when you eat. Drink in between meals instead.
  • Drink products with high levels of caffeine; it can upset your stomach. Fizzy drinks like soda do help with nausea, but go for caffeine-free sodas like ginger ale. (Ginger also helps settle stomachs.)
  • Allow yourself to get dehydrated. Try drinking smaller amounts of fluid often if it’s bothering your stomach.
  • Lie down for two hours after eating.
  • Perform tasks that involve strong smells, such as cleaning with scented products.
  • Perform rigorous workouts. If you get too hot, it could increase nausea.
  • Wear tight or formfitting clothes. If you are uncomfortable, you are likely to become nauseated.
  • Get too stressed out; it makes symptoms worse. Try to take time each day to relax, and if you have to, reduce your workload. You’ll feel much better.
  • Move too fast:can also trigger your morning sickness into a frenzied state, so pace yourself and don’t rush.
  • Eat artificial sweeteners,Caffeine and sweets
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  • Eat plain and dry cereal before you get up in the morning. It’s easy on your stomach, especially without the milk.
  • A small snack at bedtime and when getting up to go to the bathroom at night.
  • Avoid large meals; instead, snack as often as every 1 - 2 hours during the day and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Eat something salty before a meal. It helps to prevent vomiting if you’ve had trouble keeping food down.
  • Eat more protein. Try small protein-rich snacks like nuts.
  • Eat cold foods – they give off fewer odors.
  • Eat small meals every two hours. Having an empty stomach will almost always make you feel sick.
  • Eat and drink slowly.
  • Drink carbonated or electrolyte-enriched drinks. They settle fussy stomachs and keep you hydrated.
  • Nap during the day. Morning sickness will take a lot out of you and you’ll always feel tired.
  • Get out of bed slowly in the morning.  
  • Stay in a cool place. (Heat can make symptoms worse.)
  • Cook and sleep in a well-ventilated room. This will keep strong odors from sticking around, and the fresh air will help alleviate symptoms.
  • Take your prenatal vitamins at night. Increase vitamin B6 in your diet by eating whole grains, nuts, seeds, and peas and beans (legumes).
  • try for meditating, be it in the morning or any time throughout the day, to help your body slow itself down and become more centered and present in the moment.
  • Keep a food diary. Track the foods that make you queasy and those that seem to agree with you. You can check your notes and plan menus accordingly.
  • Eat leafy greens because they're rich in vitamin K, which seems to help.
  • Use a mouth rinse after vomiting and after each meal to keep your mouth fresh, reduce nausea and reduce the amount of tooth decay that can occur from the interaction of stomach acid with enamel.
  • Have sips of ice water as the urge to purge strikes. Many women say that this helps them keep meals down as well.
  • A teaspoon of cider vinegar in a cup of warm water has been said to be effective.
  • When possible avoid hunger, it can also make your stomach upset.

Eat morning sickness preventive foods. You're probably already watching your pregnancy diet, but preventing morning sickness is another reason to eat plenty of fruit-filled smoothers, and low-fat, high-carb foods. Some morning sickness preventive foods include:

  • Avacodos
  • Protein – nuts and eggs are a great source of protein, as are black beans or kidney beans
  • Dairy products like cheese, milk and yogurt (watch the sugar content in the yogurt, as sugar can trigger a queasy stomach)
  • Spread Peanut Butter or another Nut butter (like almond or cashew butter) on  bread, apple slices.
  • Complex carbohydrates like whole-grain pasta, bread and brown rice


One of the most important thing you can remember is that what works for someone else may - or may not - work for you. Don't get discouraged. If you try something, and it doesn't work, try something else.

Take care of your unborn baby.

The sole purpose of these blogs is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, prevention or cure of any disease. If you have any serious, acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained doctor/health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained Ayurvedic expert, call us or e mail.

Dr Unnati Chavda
(Promoting pregnancy wellness)

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