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Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness by Dr. Kelsey Sholund

Many women experience morning sickness or nausea and vomiting early in pregnancy. It is most common in the first trimester, but can linger later on in pregnancy too. Some worry that their baby might not get enough nutrition early on, but in fact the majority of weight gain occurs for most people in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.

Women also experience changes in taste and smell during pregnancy which means foods that once tasted great are now horrible and cravings cause other foods to be the only thing a pregnant woman might want to eat!

Regardless of what one woman’s experience is, nausea or morning sickness can be hard to live with, so below are a list of remedies (all safe to use in pregnancy) that can help curb nausea:

· Eating as soon as you feel hungry, or even before you feel hungry

· Snacking often and eating small meals. The best foods to eat have lots of protein or carbohydrates, but not a lot of fat. Good choices are crackers, bread, almonds, and yogurt. You should also avoid spicy foods.

· Drinking cold, clear beverages that are either fizzy or sour. Good choices are lemonade and ginger ale.

· Eating ginger flavored lollipops or candies

· Smelling fresh lemon, mint, or orange

· Brushing your teeth right after you eat

· Not lying down right after you eat

· Taking your vitamins at bedtime with a snack, not in the morning

· Avoiding things that make you feel nauseous. That might include stuffy rooms, strong smells, hot places, loud noises, or not sleeping enough

· Acupuncture

· Sea Bands or acupressure bands

Medications that a doctor can prescribe for nausea in pregnancy include Pyridoxine/vit B6 and Doxylamine. As always, it's best to talk with your doctor about the most effective approach for you.

Dr. Kelsey Sholund

Kelsey Sholund, MD

I'm a PNW native, and have loved living in Port Angeles since June, 2018. I attended medical school at the UW, and early on learned that Family Medicine was the specialty for me. A big part of that decision was the amazing experiences I had taking care of women throughout pregnancy and watching their kids grow up.

My favorite part is seeing women, whether they deal with medical or psychological illness, addiction, or family/relationship struggles, find their most resilient self through the process of building their family in whatever form that may be.

I meet patients with an open mind when they come in the door and hope they leave feeling heard, and cared for.


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