Britanie Kessler, LAc. is an acupuncturist and herbalist at Wild Hearts Wellness in NE Portland, OR. Read on for her top five tips for managing and bringing ease to your experience of morning sickness.
1) Eat often and in smaller amounts. Many women are able to avoid the intensity of nausea by never getting to that point of hunger and empty tummy.
2) Get some ginger. Ginger anything! This could be Ginger chews, Ginger candy, Ginger essential oil, Ginger tea, so many options!
3) Go see your acupuncturist/herbalist. In Chinese Medicine, the Spleen and Stomach meridians are often involved in nausea and working with these channels can help to rebalance.
4) Smell peppermint. The scent of peppermint can be soothing for the feeling of nausea. Try peppermint essential oil or even tea. Even the scent of lemon, you can add to a glass of water to stay hydrated, can help to cleanse the odor or trigger that caused the nausea to flare up.
5) Do acupressure. There is an acupuncture point that you can apply pressure to on your own. It is called Pericardium 6 and is located on the inside of both forearms (see photo). To find it, use the width of three fingers to measure from the inside wrist crease, up the forearm. The point is in the center of the forearm between two tendons. Apply gentle pressure and then increase the pressure to a comfortable amount and hold for up to 3 minutes.
Find these tips helpful? Don't hesitate to share this post with your mom-to-be friends and family. Learn more about Britanie and book an appointment here.