4 Gentle Herbs To Relieve Your Morning Sickness in Pregnancy
Are you dealing with pregnancy morning sickness? If you are, don't worry you're not alone. About 70 percent of pregnant women experience symptoms like nausea and vomiting, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. For most pregnant women these symptoms are triggered by certain foods, odors and sensations.
Typically, symptoms begin around six weeks into pregnancy and start to go away during the second trimester. Symptoms usually start in the morning, hence the term "morning sickness", but can happen during any time of the day.
Keep reading to learn about what tea herbs can help relieve your symptoms of pregnancy morning sickness.
1. Peppermint Leaf
Peppermint contains anesthetic constituents that work to reduce morning sickness feelings by minimizing your stomach’s gag reflex. Peppermint leaves also contain aromatic compounds that help increase the production of digestive fluid and increases your blood circulation. It can help calm, relax and can help cure long-standing digestive problems, which could be one of the underlying causes of nausea.
2. Ginger Root
Ginger root can ease the symptoms of pregnancy nausea by increasing the movement of food in your gastrointestinal region. Increased movement of food means your stomach empties quickly, and your nausea can be relieved. Gingerol, the active ingredient in ginger, works to soothe your overactive gut and relieve your nauseous when pregnant.
Ginger root also has the added benefit of soothing your raw throat if you have been vomiting. Not all morning sickness nausea is accompanied by vomiting, but it can be a problem that some pregnant women experience.
3. Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm is a citrus flavoured herb that helps reduce nausea caused by feelings of stress -- whether it's physical, mental, emotional or spiritual stress. Stress can raise your cortisol levels during pregnancy, which contributes to your nausea. And vice versa, high cortisol levels can make you feel stressed, which can lead to pregnancy-induced hypertension if not attended to.
Lemon balm's active ingredient, rosmarinic acid, can lower high cortisol levels that make you feel unwell and cause morning sickness. Sipping on lemon balm tea can have a positive effect on your wellness and decrease your feelings of nausea. You can feel the affect almost immediately in your body.
4. Dandelion Root
Dandelion root supports liver and digestion health. During pregnancy your liver has to work harder to keep up with regular maintenance and process all of the extra hormones too. And when you liver isn't functioning well, your gut and digestion doesn't work well either.
To sum up everything,
Morning sickness is a very common symptom of pregnancy. For every woman each pregnancy is different, and symptoms of morning sickness often last for shorter and longer term periods—and in varying degrees of severity.
Morning sickness is not harmful to you or your baby, but if you experience excessive vomiting and cannot manage to keep your food down, you may have hyperemesis gravidarum and lack essential nutrients and electrolytes. Be sure to talk with your midwife, OB/GYN or healthcare provider when these symptoms appear.
Any expectant woman should try to avoid taking conventional medicine as much as possible, especially during the stages of early pregnancy. Herbal remedies like my Pregnancy Tea for morning sickness is definitively the safer choice. Stocking your pantry with these herbs can help you get through your discomfort.
Love and health,