Tanya Smith

Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Cultivate the soil before planting the seed

Morning Sickness and Nausea

Morning sickness got it’s name because it is most often worst in the mornings when your blood sugar is low from having not eaten all night. But truth be told, nausea can worsen at any point in the day.

Some effective strategies for helping manage nausea and vomiting in pregnancy are:

  • Keep a small snack on your bedside table that you can eat before getting out of the bed (this might be the one time crackers are allowed in the bed!). Some good choices would be dry crackers or an protein bar.
  • Eat frequent, small meals during the day to help maintain blood sugar levels. If you get too hungry, the nausea is more likely to return. Make sure the small meals contain protein and fats as they are digested more slowly.
  • Take advantage of the times in the day when you’re feeling okay to eat some nutrient dense food like veggies. This may be the only opportunity for a burst of color in an otherwise beige diet.
  • Get lots of rest. Being tired can make nausea worse.
  • Try ginger tea or ginger capsules or tablets. Ginger helps with digestion and can settle an upset stomach.
  • Sea-bands are available at drugstores and can be worn on an acupressure point on the wrist to help reduce nausea. Sea bands are an example of how acupressure has been integrated into our common culture because it is so effective!
  • Vitamin B6 is a part of the anti-nausea medications prescribed by care providers. B6 can be taken on it’s own as a supplement for nausea. According to Motherisk, it is safe to take up to 200 mg/day and it is OK to take 50 mg at a time.

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Research shows that weekly treatments for a 2-4 weeks are helpful in reducing nausea and dry retching.

If you are wondering if acupuncture might be effective for you, please send your question to hello@tanyasmith.com