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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."

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