Cures and Remedies for Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

We are now half way into our seventh week of pregnancy.  The first four weeks were no different than the rest of my life, come week #5 all things changed.  All of a sudden I developed nausea, I was tired, and I had food aversions.  Crazy!  I like food.  I never turned a good meal away, if I was hungry.  But starting week 5, all of a sudden I could eat only certain kinds of foods–first it was three straight days of watermelon eating.  Just imagine how many times I had to get up at night to empty my bladder those days!

Following the watermelon fetish, I moved on to eating only very simple foods–tomatoes, cucumbers, apples.  I did not even fully enjoy my favorite split pea soup–it did not taste the same.

Cures and Remedies for Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

Half of week 5 I spent on the couch, nauseated and tired. Then… well, I just had had enough!  Something had to change.  One of my Facebook friends suggested an herbal tea mix that she drinks during her pregnancy:

  • boil equal parts of anise seeds, ginger, peppermint, raspberry leaf, fennel, catnip and chamomile in water, then drink [warm of cold] throughout the day.
I was up to try anything!  So, off I went to Whole Foods to get all organic ingredients:

My Recipe

  • 9 cups water
  • 1 tbsp each herb: anise seeds peppermint, raspberry leaf, fennel, catnip and chamomile
  • 1-2 inches of ginger root

Preparation

  1. Place water and ingredient into a container on a stove
  2. Bring to boil
  3. Reduce heat and boil for 5-10 minutes
  4. After cooling the brew off, place into a jar and refrigerate to drink as needed.

Tea Happy… and Bloated

I was super excited to give this tea a try.  Sure enough, the first day I had it I felt better, the following couple of days, not taking into account that my energy levels were still a bit down, I felt fantastic, while drinking up to 32 oz of tea a day.  But… there always seems to be a BUT :(, by the end of the third day, I felt bloated–REALLY bloated.  And I did not only feel it, I looked it.  My stomach expanded to about three times its size, and I figured that I probably over-consumed the tea. Everything else I ate/drank was pretty normal in my diet.

To take care of the bloating I had to quit drinking the tea for a couple of days.  Sure enough, I improved.  So, now, still wanting to avoid feeling nauseous, instead of downing 32 oz of the tea a day, I am drinking only about 8 oz, spread throughout the day. I am feeling better, but at times still a bit nauseous, although I cannot bring myself to drink more of the brew, since I don’t want to feel and look like I am 6 months pregnant… before it is time.

Other Remedies and Crazies

Meanwhile, I had received a couple of other suggestions, one of which I tried and it worked great in helping relieve nausea.  I increased my protein intake [rice, beans, greens, etc.] in the morning, and it seems to have helped.  Actually, to be honest, my body now forces me to eat earlier, which is crazy!  One night I got up at 4 am, hungry! Where did you ever hear of that? If I previously stopped eating at least an hour–hour and a half before bed time, last night I found myself munching on food right before bed heading off for the night.  Hubby was surprised.  “I’ve never seen you do that before,” he said. “I bet that you had never seen me pregnant before this either,” was my reply, and I told him to stay away from me and my food ;).

Food Aversions and Cravings

One of the oddest things for me in the last two and a half weeks, were food aversions.  To date, in the last 18 days, I could manage to down only 3 green smoothie, having really coax my body into cooperating.  There are times when I cannot think about food at all, at other times, most of it disgusts me.  I also cannot stand the thought of swallowing any pills, so there go my supplements for the time being.  But the craziest thing is occasional cravings.

I don’t mind when they are good cravings: watermelon, apples, etc., but this week it has been bread and pizza.  URGH! I really, really am trying to stay away from gluten products during this time, but I did not know how hard it would be to fight a pregnancy craving.  When I want something these days, I WANT IT NOW and it has to happen, otherwise my brain goes crazy and my body develops an internal shaking.  I never thought that this would happen to me… but I had never been pregnant before either ;).

Emotional Shift and Sleepless Nights

And should I talk about the hormonal change?! I have never been a crier–I am more of a “suck it up and do it” girl.  In the last couple of weeks, however, I am so close to tears for various reasons–happiness, sadness, anger–all provoke the same emotion=tears! I don’t give in, except on occasion, trying to avoid scaring hubby, but at times it is too hard to do anything but to go with it.

The night sleep has become more restless for me. Only 6.5 weeks, but I already have to get up more frequently at night, which makes falling asleep much harder.  I end up waking with odd headaches in the morning and always tired.  To make it worse, I cannot force myself to fall asleep passed 6:30-ish in the morning, no matter how hard I try. :(

Hate the Kitchen, Not the Cook

With all of hormonal, physical and emotional changes I find it hard to be in the kitchen–I don’t want to look at food, and I surely do not want to prep it.  So, as for new recipes, that is on the back burner for now.  Every day is a matter of survival for me–the quicker I can get in and out of the kitchen, the better it is.

I heard great promises about the second trimester being easier, so I cannot wait for the day.  I especially miss my normal energy levels.  I look toward the day when I wake up full of energy, rather than with a headache and feeling tired, as I am counting days :).  Meanwhile, it’s a matter of survival… and trying to remember the best part of it all–there is a baby, the size of raspberry, in my body.  He is growing, developing, and getting closer to the day when I can see his/her beautiful face. :)

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  • Julz

    3 years later… I’m 8 weeks pregnant and I’m glad to know I’m not the only vegan with similar symptoms. I am repulsed by food, especially yummy veggies and healthy foods. I have nausea pretty much the whole day. I’ve tried ginger and crackers… didn’t help. What seems to work for me is grapefruit. When I have it, an hour after I feel better.

    I’m a bit worried because I REFUSE to take any prenatal (I do take B12 and Vit. D in the winter) and don’t feel like I’m eating as healthy as I used to.

    Your blog is amazing! Looking forward to read more about your (past) pregnancy.

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Julz, congratulations! First trimester is normally when women have most food aversions. Once I entered my second trimester, I ate everything I normally enjoyed.

      BTW, there is no need for vit D–latest clinical studies show it is useless at best, but actually can be harmful.

      Also, for nausea, ginger root/candied ginger works for some.

  • Belova_anastacia

    You’re amazing! Anything that comes up in life, you’re up for the challenge to FIND the solution for others to reap the benefits of the journeys experiences. Love it! Love you!

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Awww.. :) you are so sweet :). I do anything I can to help at least one person to avoid the agony of poor health. 

  • ecogirl

    I am pregnant too, almost 17 weeks now and I have been sick every single day.  The doctor finally had to put me on IV nutrition therapy in order for me and the baby to remain healthy.  I totally understand about the food aversions and cravings.  My normal diet is mostly vegan/high raw foods and I haven’t been able to even look at a vegetable for almost 3 mos now without gagging, it’s crazy.  I understand about the cravings too…the other day all the sudden I wanted Stouffer’s baked mac-n-cheese and I couldn’t think about anything else until I got it, and that’s something I would never normally eat.  A couple things that have helped with my nausea have been Reed’s Nausea Relief drink.  It comes in a little purple can and I get it at my local health store.  It’s all natural and has ginger and B6 (both known to calm nausea) among other beneficial things and really seems to take the edge off.  Also SeaBand accupressure bands and acupuncture treatments.  My doctor recommended the acupuncture and I have been seeing an experienced practitioner.  It has really helped with the nausea as well as the crushing fatigue.  Hope this is some comfort that you are not alone in this and that you find some relief soon.

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      I feel sorry for you :( but true, you are not alone.  Thankfully I am able to make myself eat fruits and veggies, but greens… well, not enough, and that makes me upset.  Crazy cravings I understand–I wanted a cheese pizza last week, so I got a slice from Whole foods, smelt it, tore the cheese off and ate the slice–the compromise worked. 

      I heard about the bands, but heard they work for some and not others.  If my nausea gets any worse it might be worth exploring.  But I will have to check out the drink for sure. As far as acupuncture goes… yeek!  I had done it in the past, but now, thinking about it makes me nauseous.  Who thought that was possible? :)

      Thanks so much for your support! 

  • Denisa

    LOL…this article made me laugh, even though the way you feel not really so….. I really hope this time goes by really fast and you will start enjoying your pregnancy soon. I see you have tried the fresh ginger root….that was going to be my suggestion, freshly squeezed juice with fresh ginger root, but you’ve tried it already…so Just wanted to say that I enjoy reading your articles and wishing you all the best ;-) 

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      :) I hope one day I will be laughing about this too :), hopefully soon. One day I will also work my way back up to wanting fresh juices :)

      Thanks for being Vegalicious reader :)