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Morning sickness. Pregnancy nausea, how to stop, treatments, remedies and advice

You have morning sickness and are looking for remedies for pregnancy nausea

If in the right place, in this article I will explain everything you need to know about pregnancy sickness, the causes and natural remedies to calm the annoying problem.


Morning sickness and pregnancy nausea

Nausea in pregnancy along with vomiting is one of the first symptoms of expectation and occurs in 70-85% of women during the first trimester, from week 6 to week 12 of pregnancy. Generally the disorder tends to fade or disappear spontaneously by the end of the first trimester of pregnancy although in some rare cases it can bother the expectant mother for all nine months. Pregnancy nausea begins to occur after pregnancy is established in conjunction with a sudden increase in the levels of the hormone beta hcg in the maternal blood. Contrary to what was thought in the past, nausea in pregnancy is not a signal that something is wrong but simply represents a symptom related to gestation.

morning sikness and pregnancy nausea
morning sikness and pregnancy nausea

Because I don't have nausea in pregnancy

Not all pregnant women suffer from nausea, the expectant mother may not have nausea with a normally evolving pregnancy.

What are the symptoms of nausea in pregnancy? How to recognize it?

Symptoms of nausea are characterized by a sense of disgust and rejection that can occur alone or in relation to certain foods or smells causing stomach upset. It should be noted that gestational nausea can present with different characteristics such as:

  • Nausea and vomit

  • Nausea without vomiting

  • Nausea every other day

  • Morning sickness

  • Nausea after meals or on a full stomach

  • Nausea on an empty stomach

  • Nausea continues

  • Severe nausea throughout the day

Some American studies suggest that people with nausea are less likely to have an abortion than those who do not, but to date there is no scientific proof of this.

Causes Nausea

The triggering causes of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy are unknown but it is believed that the underlying cause of the disorder is the high level of the hormone Bhcg (chorionic gonadotropin) and other pregnancy hormones. At the beginning of the pregnancy there is a sudden increase in the beta Hcg produced by the trophoblast which stimulate the production of two other pregnancy hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Progesterone in particular has an effect on the gastrointestinal tract by causing muscle relaxation. The peak of these hormones occurs in the first weeks of pregnancy, and then begins to decrease from the 13th week just when nausea and vomiting also begin to subside spontaneously. In ancient times it was believed that repulsion and intolerance towards certain foods had a protective function by preventing the mother from taking foods that are potentially harmful to the embryo. Although this theory has never been proven, it certainly has a grain of truth because generally the foods and drinks that cause the onset of nausea belong to the list of foods not recommended or to be consumed in small quantities such as fried food, processed condiments, animal fats and coffee. Another hypothesis argues that nausea is due to a reaction of the maternal immune system which judges the fetus to be a foreign body to be countered. A real rejection that tends to disappear only when the mother's body adapts to the new host. From the studies carried out on the typical malaise of pregnancy it has been found that the variation in carbohydrate metabolism plays an important role, in particular the decrease in blood sugar, a condition that occurs mainly upon waking up and in the morning, notoriously the time of day in which the feeling of nausea is most present. Other factors such as emotional states and fatigue contribute to the increased sense of fullness and disgust

When nausea begins in pregnancy

Nausea is one of the symptoms of early pregnancy, some women even realize they are pregnant from the very first sign. Nausea does not occur in the same way for all women, most suffer from it only in the first trimester, while others have continuous nausea and still others sporadically. The peak period of nausea is between the 8th week and the 11th week of waiting. Nausea in pregnancy can occur in different times and ways:

  • Constant nausea from week 5 to week 12

  • Nausea continues throughout pregnancy

  • Persistent nausea in the second trimester

  • Nausea in the third trimester of pregnancy

Ways in which pregnancy nausea occurs

  • Morning sickness

  • Nausea after meals

  • Nausea in the evening and at night

  • Nausea after smelling particular smells

  • Nausea throughout the day

  • Nausea on an empty stomach

There are women who develop a real aversion to specific foods or when they smell particular smells, or at certain times of the day, at lunch, in the afternoon, in the evening. Most women experience morning sickness upon awakening. At this point it is natural to wonder how to fight nausea in pregnancy.

Pregnancy Nausea Remedies

What to do for nausea in pregnancy? how to fight it? To combat pregnancy sickness it is important to listen to your body by avoiding foods and drinks that cause nausea and moving away from the odors that trigger or worsen it. The remedies are various and the choice of the most suitable one depends on the severity of the symptom and the possible presence of associated disorders. To relieve pregnancy nausea, you can put into practice small grandmother's remedies aimed at alleviating it

Advice for pregnancy sickness

  • Avoid strong smells such as coffee or pungent perfumes.

  • Eat dry foods, anti-nausea foods are crackers, toast, bread sticks and cookies to be consumed before getting out of bed.

  • Avoid fatty or highly seasoned foods

  • Do not drink excessively during meals but drink fluids throughout the day.

  • Have small, frequent meals

  • Do not go to bed immediately after a meal

  • Not smoking

These home remedies for nausea in pregnancy help greatly in dulling the symptom of conception that has occurred.

Nausea in pregnancy natural remedies

Natural remedies for nausea are different and their effectiveness is individual, so I recommend you try them all until you find the one that best suits your type of nausea. It should be noted that these remedies in pregnancy are completely harmless, let's see together what to drink and what to eat to combat nausea in pregnancy.

Eat a candy

Suck on a candy upon waking before getting out of bed. As an alternative to candy, you can enjoy a gummy jelly, the important thing is to do it slowly.

Eat dry foods before getting out of bed

Dry foods such as a piece of bread or a cracker help absorb and counteract gastric acidity which enhances nausea.

Do not drink with meals

Postpone fluid intake between meals. Take small samples of water, breathing deeply between one sip and the next.

Drink carbonated water

Carbonated water contains carbon dioxide which has a positive effect on the stomach.

Eat fennel

Eating fennel throughout the day helps relieve the feeling of nausea. Fennel is like a balm for the stomach, it makes the PH less acidic giving immediate relief.

Eat licorice

You can enjoy licorice in the form of candies (preferably sugar-free) or sticks. Licorice, as a natural anti-nausea remedy, is not recommended in case of hypertension as licorice generates a slight increase in blood pressure so as to be used as a remedy for low blood pressure.

Use a pinch of ginger

Ginger is an Asian plant readily available in supermarkets and pharmacies and can be taken in various ways: As an infusion in herbal teas; Freshly grated as a condiment for cold and hot dishes; Cut into slices and put to boil. It is important not to exceed the maximum recommended dose of 1-2 grams per day of ginger as it has been shown that excessive consumption of this spice could be harmful to the baby especially in the phase of organ formation.


For some women, lemon is a valuable ally against pregnancy nausea. As soon as you feel the unpleasant symptom, try sucking on a slice of lemon, its flavor helps fight the symptom. As an alternative to lemon you can try a mint leaf.


Chamomile is one of the oldest and most natural remedies to solve the problem of severe nausea in pregnancy. Prepare a cup of chamomile tea or in ready-made sachets or better with loose dried flowers and sip it lukewarm when nausea occurs.


Mint thanks to its typical smell and taste is able to relieve the sense of nausea. You can collect fresh mint and prepare an infusion to sip during the day or use mint essential oil, just two drops placed under the tongue help to soothe the unpleasant sense of rejection.

Drink a glass of milk

Milk is the classic grandmother's remedy for nausea because it can reduce gastric acidity. Try drinking a glass of low-fat or semi-skimmed milk in small sips.

Wear a nausea cuff

Nausea bracelets are a safe and side-effect-free remedy. It is a bracelet that exercises acupressure capable of reducing discomfort. Acupressure is based on traditional Chinese medicine using the principle of acupuncture. It is a bracelet that exerts pressure on the energy point of the wrist called Nei-Kuan able to counteract nausea and restore body balance and therefore the well-being of the body at 360 degrees. In this regard, experiments have been carried out on the effectiveness of bracelets against nausea. A group of volunteers underwent magnetic resonance imaging with contrast medium. The resonance images showed that the isotope is distributed along the channels that Chinese medicine indicates as meridians. The millennial experience of acupuncturists says that there is a point on the forearms, not far from the bending line of the wrist which, if properly stimulated, blocks nausea. This point is called P6.

Homeopathy and drugs for nausea in pregnancy

Drugs for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy should only be used when the retching and feeling of nausea are so severe that they cannot feed themselves adequately. In choosing the drugs to take for nausea always seek advice from your obstetrician or gynecologist.


The effervescent granulated Biochetase contains citrate and a complex of vitamins, in particular vitamin B6, which helps to restore the well-being of the stomach. It is now established that vitamin B6 counteracts the feeling of nausea.

Nux vomica

Nux vomica is one of the most suitable homeopathic medicines for nausea in pregnancy because it can alleviate the sense of discomfort of women who vomit and have unbearable nausea. The drug must be prescribed by the doctor carefully evaluating the risk-benefit ratio of using the drug.

Supplements for nausea in pregnancy

Pregnancy nausea supplements consist of vitamin B6. Various studies have shown that the B vitamin group has a natural anti-nausea effect. Vitamins can be taken both with foods such as:

  • bananas

  • carrots

  • Whole grains

  • wheat germ

  • lentils

  • brewer's yeast

  • tuna fish

  • nuts

  • meat

  • fish

  • legumes.

Or in the form of supplements such as candies, gummy candies or sweets to be swallowed.

To combat nausea, do yoga

Being pregnant and suffering from nausea is not the best of life. According to traditional Chinese medicine, practicing Yoga helps reduce the symptom of nausea during pregnancy because it improves blood circulation with a beneficial effect on the whole body. Yoga helps eliminate toxins by reducing the feeling of nausea. The most effective yoga poses to reduce nausea are: Supta virasana Viparita karani Baddha konasana

Yoga positions loosen the weight of the diaphragm on the liver and stomach, giving relief, while breathing calms the body by regulating imbalances. The result is oxygenation for the whole body with reduction of horrible nausea.

Nausea or gastritis?

Nausea and gastritis are two typical symptoms of pregnancy and it may happen that you do not know which disorder you are suffering from. Both problems affect the stomach and can create disturbances in the mother's diet and lifestyle. They differ essentially because nausea is a typical symptom of the first months of pregnancy and as explained it is mainly caused by hormonal changes and tends to disappear at the end of the first trimester. Gastritis, on the other hand, usually persists throughout pregnancy and among the related symptoms it has the sense of nausea accompanied by retching, however, originating from the strong gastric acidity. Both symptoms of pregnancy need a targeted approach based on the severity with which they occur.

How to stop morning sickness

The feeling of nausea in pregnancy generally relieves or passes completely around the 12 week or at the end of the 1 trimester even if, pregnancy and nausea can persist for all nine months albeit in a mild form.

Hyperemesis gravidarum

In the event that nausea continues during pregnancy is associated with excessive vomiting so as to cause signs of dehydration, dryness of the oral mucous membranes, concentrated urine and dizziness, one is faced with a pathological pregnancy nausea. This condition is called hyperemesis gravidarum and requires a medical approach which in some cases may require hospitalization. Therapy for hyperemesis consists in the administration of intravenous fluids and drug therapy to allow the mother to feed properly.

Male or female nausea

According to popular tradition, women who suffer from continuous nausea and vomiting are more likely to be expecting a baby girl. The theory, although bizarre, has a grain of truth, in fact, the levels of the hormone Hcg tend to be higher when the fetus is female. Chorionic gonadotropin peaks are one of the causes of pregnancy sickness but it should be emphasized that even if you suffer from very strong nausea you can be expecting a boy. Tell me your experience in the comments, are you nauseous and expecting a sissy?

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