Let’s just come right out and say it……morning sickness is a b*tch! The symptoms can range from nausea, tiredness, loss of appetite to vomiting which can be a real distraction from the happiness of your pregnancy. I was lucky in the fact I wasn’t physically sick, although I had to steer clear of my kitchen for a good month as my super sensitive nose was picking up a scent that just made me spin with nausea and anything that wasn’t a salty carb made my stomach flip…..
Morning sickness occurs as the pregnancy hormones cause changes in the hypothalamus (in the brain) which in turn effects your gastro-intestinal organs and senses are heightened. It usually settles by the fourth month of your pregnancy but for some it can last full term and it doesn’t matter if it’s morning, noon or night! The sickness can also go after the 1st trimester and appear again at the later stages of pregnancy, I have had the nausea again recently and it’s pretty tiring.
I have a few pregnancy safe aromatherapy solutions here that can help ease morning sickness, these along with resting really helped my nausea.
Peppermint/Spearmint – Put between 4-6 drops in a bowl of boiling water and leave at the side of your bed overnight. You will inhale the molecules as you sleep which will help keep your stomach calm.
Lavender, Peppermint & Lemon – You can pop these in a diffuser, or put a few drops of each in bowl of boiling water, cover your head with a towel and inhale.
Ginger, Chamomile & Lemon – You can also inhale this blend as above, it is also nice to mix with a carrier oil i.e coconut or sweet almond to massage into your abdomen in a clockwise direction.
As I have mentioned before, a rather frustrating fact is that due to the sensitivity of the early stages of pregnancy it is not advisable to use essential oils in your first trimester. So these oil blends are suggested for after week 12.
Up until then grated fresh ginger and lemon tea or fresh mint tea are soothing remedies. Also here’s a recipe for anti-nausea ‘preggie-pops’. Wish I had found these in my first trimester!
If anyone has any natural remedies which helped their morning sickness or nausea, I would love to hear them!