Doing Battle With Morning Sickness
Doing Battle with Morning Sickness
Quelling the Queasies continued...
Drinking enough fluids, especially if you're queasy, is particularly
important since dehydration is one of the most serious consequences of morning
sickness. Pregnant women should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of liquid
daily. Many women find that water doesn't sit well with nausea. If carbonated
drinks such as ginger ale work best, Erick recommends those with the most bite,
such as Schweppes or Jamaican ginger beer. Herbal teas such as red raspberry,
lemon, spearmint, peach or chamomile may work. Erick says watermelon is a great
"solid liquid" that may help.
Ginger traditionally has helped many women quell morning sickness and
nausea. One study showed that ginger capsules with 250 milligrams of ginger
four times per day were effective, but a quarter-teaspoon of grated ginger root
steeped in 1 cup of boiling water may be just as helpful, says Amanda McQuade
Crawford, an herbalist and author of "Herbal Remedies for Women."
Vitamin B-6 is another common and safe tummy soother. A study conducted by
Dr. Niebyl, and duplicated by another researcher, showed that taking 25
milligrams of B-6 three times a day helped a majority of women with
moderate-to-severe morning sickness. Dr. Niebyl says the standard B-6 vitamin
is 50 milligrams, so you can break it in half. With any over-the-counter
supplement, including herbs, it's always a good idea to check with your
physician or midwife first, particularly to make sure the symptoms aren't
related to a more serious condition that needs different treatment.
By her third pregnancy, Deborah Wood swore by acupressure wristbands, which
are commonly used to prevent seasickness. The bands theoretically relieve
nausea by applying pressure to a point located on the forearm about 2 inches
above the wrist, although studies are inconclusive that they're effective.
"I never took them off," say Wood, 46. "I'll never know if they
really worked, or if it was psychological, or if I wouldn't have been sick
anyway; but this was the only pregnancy I used them with, and it was the only
time I didn't get sick."