Alternative/Natural Treatments


Acupressure: Acupressure wristbands are available without a prescription in most pharmacies. The band is made of soft cotton with a plastic button. The band is strapped on so that the plastic button pushes against an acupressure point on the underside of your wrist. This simple and inexpensive device, designed to ward off seasickness, has helped some pregnant women through morning sickness—although research suggests that it may be largely a placebo effect.

Put the bands on first thing in the morning before you get out of bed. When you experience a wave of nausea, press on the button on each wrist about 20 to 30 times at one-second intervals. If you forget your wristbands, you can simply press on these two points, or ask someone to do it for you on both wrists at the same time.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture involves inserting hair-thin needles into your skin. Acupuncture isn’t a proven way to treat morning sickness, but some women seem to find it helpful.

Hypnosis: Although there’s little research on the topic, some women have found relief from morning sickness through hypnosis. Hypnotherapy may be effective if your symptoms are made worse by stress, anxiety and fear, or ongoing emotional issues.

Aromatherapy: Women become more sensitive to odors during pregnancy. Essential oils may help relieve your symptoms. Peppermint, spearmint, lime, lemon, and ginger oils are most effective.

Get fresh air: A walk or an open window might ease your nausea.

Computer monitor flicker: While it goes almost unnoticed, the rapid flickering of the computer
monitor and other screens can contribute to morning sickness. If you are susceptible to this sort of stimulation, try to avoid using a computer completely. If you must, you should adjust the screen by making the fonts bold and larger and changing the background to a soft tan or pink color, which will help reduce eye strain.

Keep your mind occupied: Finding things to distract you from your nausea might not be easy. Reading a book, doing puzzles, watching television, playing cards, walking or other forms of light exercise will clear your mind and relax you.

Wear loose and comfortable clothing: Restrictive or tight clothing may exacerbate the symptoms of morning sickness.

Get ample rest: Nausea can become worst when you are fatigued.

Listen to music: Music contains pulsations that help to recondition the balancing mechanism in your inner ear. If motion, such as driving in the car, worsens your nausea, wear headphones to allow the music and pulsations to rebound against your ear.

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