If you’re desperate to find some morning sickness cures that will banish that awful nauseous feeling, then try some of these remedies, from ginger to lemonade, to sniffing lemons...
One of the most common pregnancy symptoms is morning sickness. In fact, more than half of all pregnant women experience it, and the name is misleading, as it can strike you at any time of pregnancy and at any time of the day (including all day!).
However, it most commonly occurs during the first 12 weeks, and can be one of the first early signs of pregnancy you experience.While sadly there’s no magic pill to prevent you from getting morning sickness, there are plenty of morning sickness cures which have been passed down from woman to woman, to help relieve the horrible sickness you feel during pregnancy.
We’ve gathered together a wide variety of the best morning sickness cures we could find and as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve even drawn on our readers’ tried and tested morning sickness cures so we know we have remedies that really do work.
If you’re desperate to find some morning sickness cures that will banish that awful nauseous feeling, then take a look through this gallery and give some of these a try – after all, let’s be honest, they probably couldn’t make you feel any worse! From ginger to particular food and drink to sniffing lemons (who knew?), chances are, one of these morning sickness remedies will do the trick for you.
If you can’t find any other way to relieve your morning sickness, and are really suffering, seek the advice of your doctor. As you may remember from the pregnancies of the Duchess of Cambridge, severe morning sickness, also know as hyperemesis gravidarum, requires medical attention and plenty of rest and recovery, so don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Do you have any other morning sickness cures that worked in your experience? Be sure to leave us a comment in our comments section below and help out other mums-to-be with your advice.
Many women find that ice lollies and pops can help ease morning sickness, particularly if they are citrus or ginger flavoured.
Soap star Helen Flanagan told fans that a branded pop, known as a Lillipop, had been a godsend when carrying her daughter Matilda.
for me my morning sickness that I had for 3 months is pretty much gone I
only now feel sick if I am hungry,’ she explained at the time. ‘The Lillipops did help when I was
feeling really nauseous and I found them really helpful when doing jobs
in the kitchen or being around food. My fave is lemon and mint.’
Lillipops’ creator, who suffered terrible morning sickness with her third child,
Lilly, started making her own ice pops to battle her nausea.
Ice lollies or pops aren’t only great for morning sickness tastewise – when you can’t stomach eating or drinking, they will keep you hydrated too.
If the thought of anything with a strong flavour or texture is turning your stomach, dry crackers could be a viable meal option.
GoodtoKnow user Laura said: ‘Having some dry crackers and a cup of tea before you get out of bed really helps morning sickness, and GoodtoKnow user Melanie added:
‘I felt a lot of nausea – and especially felt ill around fish, but I
was never actually sick. I used to snack little and often on toast,
crackers and cheese.’
When you’re feeling nauseous, a big meal can seem overwhelming, which is why lots of mums-to-be choose to break the day’s food down into small, managable portions instead.
GoodtoKnow user Lisa said: ‘I didn’t have morning sickness too badly, I only got it in the mornings and I was only actually sick a few times a week, but I felt it every day. I found that eating little and often helped.’
Ginger is a well-known cure for any kind of sickness, but it can be an especially good morning sickness remedy. The NHS advises, ‘There is some evidence that ginger supplements may help reduce nausea and vomiting, and to date, there have not been any reports of adverse effects being caused by taking ginger during pregnancy.’
Not keen on the raw stuff? GoodtoKnow user Emily said: ‘I’d heard ginger was good for easing morning sickness but didn’t like ginger tea, so I nibbled ginger snap biscuits instead.’
Acupuncture can be very successful in treating morning sickness. It involves a practitioner placing very fine needles lightly into the skin at points which are believed to be lines of energy – one of which is classically associated with vomiting and nausea.
Acupuncture is actually available on the NHS in some areas, so speak to your GP about whether there’s an NHS practitioner near you. And the question you’re dying to ask; is it painful? No, it shouldn’t be. Most people report feeling a dull ache where the needles are positioned but it is mild and not too uncomfortable.
Plain foods tend to be best for morning sickness sufferers, so fill up on fibre-rich wholegrain cereals like bran flakes or All Bran.
GoodtoKnow user Melissa said: ‘I was worried that I would suffer from morning sickness, but I ate All Bran first thing every morning to try and avoid it. I didn’t suffer too badly, so maybe that worked.’
Being sick frequently can leave you dehydrated, so it’s important to keep your liquid levels topped up. Juice, squash, tea or coffee may seem too intense, but ice cold water is cool and refreshing enough to sip at with even the worst nausea.
GoodtoKnow user Sian said: ‘Drinking ice cold water really helps, especially after meals. And it definitely woke me up in the mornings!’
Plenty of rest is advisable throughout your pregnancy, and you can definitely extend that advise to eating times!
GoodtoKnow user Inga said: ‘I had bad morning sickness – my advice is to drink a lot of water and eat as soon as you get up – even before you get out of bed. Get your husband to bring you the food in bed!’
Acupressure points on the wrists can really help to relieve nausea, in all instances, not just morning sickness.
find your pressure point lay your fingers 2 or 3 finger widths down
past the crease in your wrist, the pressure point lies there inbetween
the two large tendons which run up through your arm.
feeling sick, use your thumb and index finger to apply pressure at that
point to both sides of your wrist. Hold for 20-30 seconds and you should
start to feel some relief.
Try our homemade lemonade recipe made with still water to settle your stomach.
GoodtoKnow user Angela said: ‘Throughout my first trimester, I was being sick 6 or 7 times a day. I was about to be put on a drip when I discovered that drinking flat lemonade helped me keep down fluids and gave me some energy. It also made it easier to eat food without bringing it back up again.’
Vitamins B6 and B12 can help, but you’ll need to take the supplements from the start of your pregnancy for them to be effective.
In addition, the tablets may only be helpful for nausea rather than physical sickness – as WebMD details, ‘Studies suggest that taking vitamin B6 for morning sickness greatly improves nausea, though not vomiting, for many pregnant women. A typical dose of vitamin B6 for morning sickness is 10 mg to 25 mg, 3 times a day.’
Similarly to breaking down meals into smaller portions, having snacks at regular intervals can keep nausea at bay, particularly if you chose plain snacks that aren’t too unhealthy, such as pretzels or popcorn.
GoodtoKnow user Katy said: ‘Grazing through the day and making sure I’m not eating too much rubbish helped me.’
As important is it is to keep drinking water, it’s equally important to avoid drinks that dehydrate you, like coffee and cola.
Alcohol is also a dehydrating drink, but as it’s not advisable to drink during pregnancy, this should already be off your menu!
GoodtoKnow user Katy said: ‘Drinking homemade ginger and lemon tea eased my morning sickness.’
Ginger is a well-acknowledged nausea cure, and many women recommend it to others looking for effective morning sickness remedies. Ginger tea also improves digestion and has anti-inflammatory properties, so continuing the drink it during your pregnancy couldn’t hurt…
What did women with morning sickness do before the humble jacket potato?! It’s the perfect bland but nutritious dinner, and if you can face a healthy topping with vegetables or protein, that’s even better.
Plain scrambled eggs are also a good way to get lots of essential vitamins and nutrients whilst remaining fairly plain.
Try acupressure wristbands, which are usually sold as a travel-sickness remedy.
GoodtoKnow user Zoe said: ‘A friend suggested I used air or car sickness bands to help my morning sickness, and to my surprise they really worked!’, whilst GoodtoKnow user Dawn agreed: ‘Travel acupressure wristbands were my hero. I wore them during the first 12 weeks and if I forgot to wear them, I was really sick.’
Tiredness can make morning sickness worse, so make sure you’re getting enough sleep.
How much sleep you need can depend on your age or stage of pregnancy, but it’s generally advised that pregnant women may need a few more hours of sleep per night or a few short naps during the day.
Fresh air makes you feel better, both when you’re outside or at home.
Try going for a short walk, if you can manage it, or sleeping with the windows open at night to ease your sickness first thing.
Your doctor may prescribe antihistamines, but don’t try any old ones you have at home, as there are some medications that should be avoided in pregnancy.
Always ensure that any medicines you take whilst you’re expecting are suitable for pregnant women. Safe antihistamines may be more effective when combined with vitamin B supplements too.
GoodtoKnow user Allie said: ‘It sounds daft but I found sniffing a fresh lemon really helped with my morning sickness. I carried one round for months when I was pregnant.’
Citrus has come up many times during our search for effective morning sickness cures, and with good reason! You may also find it helpful to burn a lemon or orange scented candle.
GoodtoKnow’s Jenny said: ‘I took deep breaths and counted them
whenever I had the urge to be sick. It took my mind off the sickness and
made the feeling go away for a bit.’
It might sound simple, but often, the most effective remedies are!
Hyperemesis gravidarum is a particularly acute form of nausea in pregnancy, in which a woman experiences constant and extreme sickness. Severe cases can lead to the mum-to-be having to be hospitalised, as was the case with the Duchess of Cambridge, who needed medical attention during her pregnancies with both Prince George and Prince Charlotte.
If you’re finding you can’t keep any food or water down, consult your doctor or midwife straight away, as the condition can cause dehydration and lower-than-average birth weight if left untreated.
GoodtoKnow user Angela said: ‘I had a very difficult pregnancy and my advice to anyone having trouble is: don’t be a martyr. Get yourself signed off sick if you need to, and speak to all the midwives and doctors you can – they’ll really help.’