10 Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness
While morning sickness is an unpleasant thing to experience, it usually causes no harm to the mother or child.
In fact, evidence has shown that morning sickness may have some positive effects on a woman’s pregnancy.
According to the Institute of Health Sciences at Oxford, it was found that morning sickness is often times associated with a healthier mom as well as a healthier delivery and baby.
They also found that new moms who experienced morning sickness were at a decreased risk of having a miscarriage and the baby was less likely to be delivered early or have a low birth weight. 
Even though morning sickness may provide some positives and in most cases isn’t harmful, for some women, morning sickness can cause negative effects on their pregnancy.
(There is a free printable at the end of this article so you can have access to this information without being on the internet!)
When is morning sickness harmful?
There is a “small percentage of women who have a prolonged course with symptoms extending until delivery, which can cause malnutrition and a higher risk for birth defects.
Women with severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy can sometimes develop a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), which when untreated can cause significant damage to the growing fetus and sometimes even birth defects or death.
For the pregnant women, symptoms can include electrolyte imbalance, rapid weight loss, dehydration, micronutrient deficiency and muscle weakness. HG is rare, however, especially in comparison to normal morning sickness.” 
Thankfully, HG only occurs in 0.3%-2% of all pregnancies.
If you suspect you may have HG, please seek medical attention.
Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness
1) First, avoid foods that make nausea worse, including:
– Greasy, fatty foods
– Low quality meat, eggs, fish, and poultry
– Strong-smelling or tasting foods
– Alcohol and high amounts of caffeine (both should be avoided during pregnancy anyway!)
Click here to read “Everything you need to know to have a Healthy Diet during Pregnancy”.
2) Drink ginger-root tea
* ¾ Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
* 1 ½ filtered water
* 1 Tbsp. raw organic honey
* 2 inch cinnamon stick (optional)
* ½ lemon, juiced
Peel and grate the ginger root.
If you are using a saucepan, bring the water to a boil, add the ginger and cinnamon stick to the water and turn off heat. Put the lid on the saucepan and let it steep for 10 minutes. Then strain the water and pour it into your mug.
If you are using a teapot, add ginger and cinnamon stick in the teapot and pour boiling water in it. Let it steep for about 10 minutes.
Add fresh lemon juice and raw organic honey. Stir and enjoy!
If you want your tea cold, let it cool completely and store in the refrigerator then add ice cubes before serving.
3) Suck on organic ginger drops like the product below.
4) Eat gingersnap cookies
Be sure to check the ingredients list to make sure it has real ginger in it, or make them yourself!
5) Breathe in peppermint essential oil
Either breathe it in from the bottle or diffuse into the air. You can also rub 1-2 drops behind your ears. Make sure you only use pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils from a reputable company like the one below.
6) Chew peppermint gum
The peppermint flavor of the gum may help ease morning sickness symptoms. Peppermint is known to have stomach settling properties.
7) Don’t skip breakfast
From PregnancyAndBaby.com, “Many health experts agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. During pregnancy breakfast is even more important…
* Skipping breakfast (or other meals) makes you more prone to preterm labor.
* Breakfast helps your body maintain normal and steady blood sugar levels – important for both your health and your baby’s.
* Skipping breakfast can increase morning sickness symptoms. I know it’s hard to eat when you feel icky, but try to eat something mild like a banana or some crackers. Once your morning sickness subsides, have normal breakfasts again.
* Missing your morning meal can make you eat too many calories later in the day, which can contribute to excessive pregnancy weight gain.” 
Good options for breakfast if you’re experiencing morning sickness:
* Toast with organic peanut butter
* Organic yogurt
* Fresh fruit
* Hot or cold cereal (avoid sugary cereals)
* Bagel and cream cheese
* Smoothies – click here to see 15 healthy smoothies you can make based on what you have in your kitchen right now
8) Eat smaller meals
Eating smaller meals throughout the day will help you avoid getting too full or too hungry.
9) Take your prenatal vitamin after a meal or at night
Prenatal vitamins are important during pregnancy and fill any nutrition gaps in your diet. And because prenatal vitamins contain the vitamin B6, they can help with morning sickness especially around conception.
However, some women experience more nausea after taking their prenatal vitamin each day. If this is the case for you, take your vitamin after a meal or before you go to bed.
To see some prenatal vitamins I recommend (including the one below) click here.
10) Drink plenty of water
Dehydration can make morning sickness worse. So drinking plenty of water will not only help with feelings of nausea but will also help you and your baby stay healthy.
The easiest way to stay hydrated throughout the day is to bring a water bottle with you wherever you go and every time it’s empty, refill it.
Here is a printable so you can have quick, easy access to the information in this article whenever you need it!
Sources & References:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10775746  https://draxe.com/morning-sickness/  http://www.pregnancyandbaby.com/pregnancy/articles/932295/why-pregnant-women-need-breakfast