||February 6th, 2005 04:43 AM
Nausea, Motion & Morning Sickness
• Basic method to alleviate motion sickness: while in a moving vehicle, steady your head against the back of your seat; fix your eyes on the horizon; do not allow your head or eyes to roll around.
• Eating a small protein-rich meal before being subjected to motion causes less hyperactivity in the stomach, according to a study done at Penn State University.
• Acupuncture may be helpful in relieving nausea. The acupuncture point is on the inside of the forearm, two thumbs up from the inside of the wrist crease between the two tendons. Get between the tendons with your finger and apply pressure for a few minutes on each arm. This method is good for other forms of nausea, too, such as nausea caused by pregnancy and chemotherapy. If you have trouble using this method go to an acupuncturist for some instructions.
*B-vitamins -Take a high-dose B-complex vitamin with at least 100 mg of B-6, morning and night, for both motion sickness and morning sickness.
*Cloves -Chew five whole cloves.
*Cola syrup -The age-old standby for nausea and upset stomach has been cola syrup. For adults take 1-2 tablespoons every 15 minutes until the symptoms subside (no more than six doses in a 24 hour period). For children it's 1-2 teaspoons. There is caffeine in cola syrup, so it is best not to take it before bedtime if you are affected by caffeine. Also, don't take cola syrup if you are a diabetic.
*Ginger -Take two to four gingerroot capsules (500 mg each), 1/4 inch slice of fresh ginger or 1/2-1 teaspoon of powdered ginger in some juice three times daily, depending on the circumstances. Best results will probably occur when the gingerroot is taken an hour or two before departure on your trip, with one or more capsules every four hours while traveling; can be used as either a preventative or remedy. Ginger has also been found to significantly reduce post-operative vomiting for women who have undergone major gynecological surgery, and helps alleviate chemotherapy-induced nausea. If you use standardized extract, take 1,000 mg. This remedy has proved to be more effective than Dramamine. Another way to get ginger is to eat candied slices.
• Ginger/honey -Make a tea by mixing 1 teaspoon fresh ginger juice and 1 teaspoon honey in a cup of boiling water; drink as needed.
*Ice -Research at Penn State University suggests that applying a cold-pack to your forehead may alleviate the symptoms.
*Lemon -Suck on a lemon wedge.
*Peppermint -Put a small drop of peppermint essential oil under your nose. It will help stop your stomach from churning.
*Red raspberry leaf tea helps relieve morning sickness.
*Soda crackers. Eating some crackers will help relieve morning sickness. Remedy courtesy of Shantel Marie from Hawaii.
*Water -Morning sickness is a thirst signal of both the mother and the fetus. Be sure that you are drinking enough water. Normally, people should drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day. Consult your doctor to discuss the proper amount for you if you have morning sickness.[/b]
Morning Sickness: What to eat when everything makes you sick
Morning sickness can last far past the morning, into the afternoon and evening. Fortunately, it usually disappears by the time you're about three months along. About half of all pregnant women have some sort of morning sickness...from a moment of nausea, to vomiting all day. No one's sure what causes morning sickness, but it may be changing hormone levels, stress, and even fatigue. But if you do experience morning sickness, just try to remember that it's a sign your hormones are doing what they're supposed to do. Even though you may be feeling sick and may not want to eat at all, remember your growing baby still needs continuous nourishment.
How to avoid/relieve it:
Eat a good diet, with plenty of fluids, and eat often...before you're hungry.
Stay away from foods whose smells (or mere thought of eating) make you feel nauseous.
Try eating a little something (crackers, for instance) before you get out of bed in the morning. Have a snack before you go to bed.
Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after eating; avoid brushing your tongue.
Get as much rest, and eliminate as much stress, as possible.
Drink fluids and try juice or light soup between meals rather than with meals.
Mix fruit juice with carbonated drinks to help settle your stomach.
Ask yourself what kind of food sounds good: spicy, cold, crunchy, sour, soft, smooth, salty? Then eat something with that characteristic.
The most common trigger of pregnancy sickness is smell—your sense of smell is greatly heightened during pregnancy, probably because of elevated estrogen levels. Use the "sniff test" to decide if a particular food is going to sit well in your stomach. If it doesn't smell good, you may not want to eat it, as it probably won't taste good either.
If you are having difficulty keeping enough food in your stomach for adequate nutrition, be sure to tell your health care provider. She may be able to recommend other techniques to help you get the nourishment you need.
Heartburn is a very common occurrence during pregnancy, with about 30-50% of women experiencing it. It is caused when the extra hormones your body is producing relax smooth muscle tissue, including the muscle that separates your esophagus from your stomach. Food and digestive juices from your stomach come back up into your esophagus. It's these stomach acids that cause the "burning" feeling as they irritate the lining of your esophagus. And as your uterus grows and presses on your stomach, you may become even more uncomfortable. Relief from heartburn is often achieved through simple dietary and lifestyle changes.
How to avoid/relieve it:
Eat several small, low-fat meals rather than two or three large meals.
Avoid the foods that aggravate your heartburn, like greasy or highly seasoned foods, processed foods, chocolate, and even carbonated drinks.
Avoid lying down for one to two hours after eating.
Sleep with your head slightly elevated.
Drink fluids between meals rather than with meals to avoid stomach fullness.
Consult your physician before taking antacids.
Constipation is common during pregnancy, mostly because the high levels of hormones in your body are slowing down your bowel muscles, and because your uterus is pressuring your bowels.
How to avoid/relieve it:
Eat generous amounts of fiber, like bran cereal, fruits, and whole grain breads.
Drink 8 to 12 glasses of fluid every day in the form of water, milk and juice. Hot or warm fluids may help too.
Maintain an active lifestyle, for example, by walking or swimming daily.