Nausea during pregnancy can be brought on by many things… an empty stomach, certain smells, motion, being tired… but what to do? At Yin and Tonic Acupuncture we have come up with some pointers to help our patients stay as comfortable as possible during this part of their pregnancy.
First: Try not to let your stomach get empty. Have lots of little snacks at the ready to nibble on throughout the day. We have found that bland crunchy snacks like pretzles, triscuits, baked pita chips etc… seem to be really helpful. Try not to let more than a few hours pass between nibblings. This is true even at night. When you wake to urinate, have a little crunchy snack on the nightstand. This will keep your blood sugar from plummeting and the nausea appearing when you wake.
Second: Some flavors really work wonders. Ginger, candied ginger, sour jolly ranchers or just the taste of sour in general can relieve symptoms.
Third: Acupuncture and acupressure. Go in twice weekly for treatment. Acupuncture can do wonders for nausea during pregnancy. You can also practice acupressure on yourself fairly easily. There is a point and inch and a half to two inches away from the wrist crease towards the elbow. If you press this spot firmly very often nausea will disappear within seconds.
Fourth: Watch what you eat. The usual suspects should be eaten in moderation of course (wheat, dairy, sugar, coffee) but also fried foods, spicy foods and anything that might induce heartburn.