It is common to experience some nausea and vomiting in the morning, during the 1st trimester of pregnancy. Although it is called morning sickness, a pregnant woman can experience nausea any time of the day. Have you ever tried ginger?
Ginger is important herb in both Asian cuisine and traditional medicine. It is used in herbal medicine to help promote digestion and reduce nausea. Studies show it relieves mild to moderate symptoms of nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. How should you take it? Dried ginger can be taken in a dose range of 1-6g per day.
How safe is it? Ginger is generally very safe and has minimal side effects. It may cause mild gastrointestinal symptoms.
Another potential option is peppermint. Peppermint in the form of oil can be sniffed to help reduce nausea symptoms. As a bonus, it is non-invasive and inexpensive.
Acupuncture and acupressure are other alternative therapies that you can use along with herbal medicine to help alleviate morning sickness. Feel free to visit one of our practitioners or our acupuncture clinic for an individualized treatment plan.