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When you become pregnant, your body has to work overtime to prepare a safe environment for the baby to live in for the next 9 months.  In doing this, your body goes through numerous changes at a very fast pace.  Hormone levels increase rapidly and dramatically.  This is what is believed to bring on the nausea and vomiting which we refer to as morning sickness.

Morning sickness usually starts during the first trimester of pregnancy and for most women will end around the 16th week of pregnancy.  Morning sickness typically occurs in the early morning hours but can happen at any time of the day or night.  For some unfortunate women, it can last all day long.   

Only a few lucky women go through an entire pregnancy without experiencing the effects of morning sickness.   It affects around 80% of pregnant women.  In this article we are going to discuss 5 popular remedies for treating morning sickness.

Ginger – One of the healing properties of ginger is its ability to relieve nausea.  Ginger has been used for many years to treat nausea from morning sickness.  You can use ginger for morning sickness in a variety of ways but most women prefer ginger tea.  Ginger tea can be made by grating fresh ginger into boiling hot water and sweetening to taste if desired.  Ginger calms the stomach and relieves the sensation of nausea.

Saltine Crackers – Putting a little food on your stomach before arising in the morning helps to keep morning sickness under control.  Saltine crackers work well for morning sickness because they help to absorb excess acids in the stomach.  Keep saltine crackers by your bedside and nibble on a few before getting out of bed in the morning and notice how much better you will feel.

Eat Small Amounts Of Food Frequently – Eating too much food at once or too little food can both trigger nausea.  During this stage of pregnancy instead of eating 3 large meals daily, eat 5 to 6 smaller meals throughout the day.  Doing this should help decrease your symptoms of nausea.   

Avoid Odors And Smells That Make You Feel Nauseous – Scents that caused you no discomfort at all prior to pregnancy may now be your worst nightmare now.  With all the hormonal changes taking place in your body at this time, your sense of smell increases tenfold and you can be easily nauseated by strong smells. 

Try to take note of the things that trigger your nausea and avoid them whenever possible.

Acupressure Bands – Acupressure is a form of acupuncture without needles.  It is a very successful treatment for many conditions, including nausea from morning sickness.

With this treatment, the acupressure band is placed on the wrist and continuously triggers the “Nei Kuan” (p6) pressure point which is known to relieve nausea.  Acupressure bands have helped many women get rid of their morning sickness.

These are just a five of the many morning sickness cures available to you.  The first cure for morning sickness you try may not be the one to stop your morning sickness.  You have to try different morning sickness remedies until you find the one or more products that helps to end your morning sickness.

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Morning sickness is one of earliest signs of pregnancy and affects over 70% of women.  Morning sickness symptoms start around the fourth or fifth week of pregnancy and end around the 16th week.

Approximately 80% of all pregnant women suffer from morning sickness.  Some may have only mild symptoms while for others it may be much more severe, interfering with their ability to work and carry out normal every day activities.

No one is exactly sure what causes morning sickness, but experts believe it is brought on by the rapid rise in hormone levels during pregnancy.

Morning sickness can be the toughest part of a woman’s pregnancy, but there are many things a woman can do to control or in many cases completely end morning sickness.  A few popular morning sickness remedies are:

Ginger Tea – Ginger is a popular morning sickness remedy that has been used for centuries.  Ginger has a soothing effect on the stomach and works well to get rid of feelings of nausea related to morning sickness ad motion sickness.

For ginger tea, grab some fresh ginger and grate about a ½ to a teaspoon in a cup of hot water.  Within a few minutes you will begin to feel the benefits.

There are many other products containing ginger that may be helpful in relieving morning sickness such as ginger candy.  Just be sure not to consume more than 1 gram of ginger daily.

Avoid greasy and fried foods – Fried greasy foods take a lot longer to digest,  therefore, they will sit in the stomach longer, which in turn triggers nausea and vomiting.  In addition to causing nausea, fried and greasy foods are also known to cause heartburn during pregnancy.

Acupressure Bands – This is a morning sickness remedy that many pregnant women swear by for relieving morning sickness.  Using Acupressure bands is one of the more common items used during pregnancy for controlling nausea.

Acupressure is a form of acupuncture without needles.  Instead it pinpoints various pressure points on the body to relieve morning sickness. 

Acupressure bands are placed on the wrist and target the p6 pressure point which relieves feelings of nausea.

Acupressure bands can be worn when you feel morning sickness coming on or you can wear them throughout the day to help keep your nausea under control.

These are just a few morning sickness remedies that have worked for many women.  However, you must remember that there is not one universal morning sickness remedy that works for all women.  You must continuously try different morning sickness cures until you fine one or more that work to relieve your morning sickness.

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There is nothing as wonderful and exciting as the moment you find out you are expecting a little one, until that dreadful condition we refer to as morning sickness arrives and puts a brief damper on your parade.

No matter how excited you may be about your pregnancy, there is not one woman I’ve ever met who looks forward to dealing with morning sickness.

Many Women begin noticing various changes in their bodies within weeks of becoming pregnant. 

Morning sickness is a normal part of pregnancy and will affect 8 out of every 10 women.  It typically starts between the 4th and 6th weeks of pregnancy and usually ends by the end of the first trimester or very early in the second trimester.

However, there are some unfortunate women who suffer with morning sickness throughout their entire pregnancy.

So how do you know when morning sickness has officially begun?  Following are 3 morning sickness symptoms that occur in the majority of women.  If you are experiencing any one or combination of these symptoms, chances are morning sickness has begun.

Heightened Sense Of Smell – Smells seem to intensify tenfold.  This is due to the increased amounts of estrogen that your body is producing.  Things that you may have enjoyed waking up to such as a fresh pot of coffee may now make you fell nauseous, turn green and send you running to the bathroom.

Needless to say, you should try and avoid the smells that trigger your nausea whenever possible.  If you cannot, a quick solution is to carry around a slice of lemon and sniff it when you come in contact with smells that are making you feel ill.  The smell of lemon, tends to ward off nausea.

Mood Swings – You may notice that your mood changes very quickly.  One minute you may be happy and laughing and 30 minutes later you may be crying uncontrollably.

This is happening because of the rapid hormonal changes and is another morning sickness symptom you should be aware of.

Nausea and Vomiting – This is the most common and most obvious morning sickness symptom.  This is also how many women discover they are pregnant.  The nausea and vomiting are believed to be caused by the increase in hCG and progesterone levels in the body. 

The good news is there are many cures for morning sickness.  A good way to get rid of nausea when it comes about is to drink a cup of ginger tea.  Ginger has been used by medical professionals for years to relieve nausea related to morning sickness and motion sickness.

During this delicate stage of pregnancy you can become easily nauseated by smelling or eating certain foods, inhaling strong odors and being overly stressed and fatigued.

It is really important to get plenty of rest, minimize stress, keep your body hydrated and stay away from things that tend to trigger your nausea.

These are 3 of the most popular morning sickness symptoms that affect the majority of women. No matter how bad morning sickness gets, there are always things you can do to help end morning sickness.

However, if your morning sickness is so severe that you are unable to keep anything at all down and it is affecting your health and the health of your baby, you should seek medical attention immediately.

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