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Morning Sickness _ Nausea

I had a horrible time with Morning Sickness- I had "Day" sickness. It was awful. And I came across some great remedies- I wanted to share them with you.. because YOU ARE DOING GREAT- and yes- this part is really hard.

I tried everything. I tried the compression bands, I tried the tea, the pills- the chewable, the lollipop, the hard candy...

And I found that the cherry-flavored Emetrol worked the best for me.

It tastes like a cherry popsicle or yummy cherry candy- not like cherry Robitussin (if you know, you know) and it's safe for pregnancy. sure enough, one serving worked... and you can take it as much as you need to.

I hope this helps-

# A Guide to Easing Morning Sickness: Over-the-Counter Medications and Home Remedies

Morning sickness is a common but challenging aspect of pregnancy, affecting many expectant mothers, especially during the first and second trimester. While it often subsides by the second trimester, finding relief can be crucial for maintaining comfort and well-being. Here, we explore safe over-the-counter medications and effective home remedies to help alleviate morning sickness.

### Over-the-Counter Medications

#### 1. Emetrol

Emetrol is a popular and effective over-the-counter remedy specifically formulated to relieve nausea and vomiting. Its active ingredients, phosphorated carbohydrate solution, work by calming the stomach. Emetrol is safe for use during pregnancy, making it a go-to option for many expectant mothers.

How to Use: Follow the dosing instructions on the package. Typically, it involves taking a specific dose every 15 minutes until symptoms subside, but do not exceed the maximum daily dosage.

#### 2. Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

Vitamin B6 is widely recommended for nausea during pregnancy. Studies have shown that it can significantly reduce the severity of morning sickness.

How to Use: The typical dosage ranges from 10-25 mg three times a day. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement.

#### 3. Doxylamine

Doxylamine, often used as a sleep aid, can be effective in combination with Vitamin B6 for treating morning sickness. It's available over-the-counter in products like Unisom SleepTabs.

How to Use: The common regimen involves taking 12.5 mg of doxylamine with 10-25 mg of Vitamin B6, but always consult your healthcare provider for proper dosing.

### Home Remedies and Wives’ Tales

#### 1. Ginger

Ginger is one of the most well-known natural remedies for nausea. It can be consumed in various forms such as ginger tea, ginger ale, ginger candies, or fresh ginger in meals.

Effectiveness: High – Numerous studies support ginger’s effectiveness in reducing nausea during pregnancy.

#### 2. Acupressure

Applying pressure to specific points on the body, such as the inner wrist (P6 or Nei Guan point), can help alleviate nausea. Acupressure wristbands, like Sea-Bands, are designed to target this point.

Effectiveness: Moderate to High – Many women find relief through this non-invasive method.

#### 3. Small, Frequent Meals

Eating small, frequent meals throughout the day instead of three large meals can help stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce nausea.

Effectiveness: High – This strategy helps prevent the stomach from becoming too full or too empty.

#### 4. Stay Hydrated

Sipping water, herbal teas, or clear broths can help keep nausea at bay. Electrolyte solutions can also be beneficial if vomiting has occurred.

Effectiveness: Moderate – Staying hydrated is crucial, but some women may find it challenging if they are already feeling nauseous.

#### 5. Avoid Triggers

Identifying and avoiding foods and smells that trigger nausea can be very effective. Common triggers include spicy, fatty, and overly sweet foods.

Effectiveness: High – Personalized avoidance of triggers can significantly reduce nausea episodes.

#### 6. Lemon

The scent of lemon, whether from fresh lemons, lemon essential oil, or lemon-flavored drinks, can help alleviate nausea.

Effectiveness: Moderate – The fresh scent of lemon can provide quick relief for some women.

### Conclusion

Morning sickness is a challenging but often manageable part of pregnancy. Combining safe over-the-counter medications like Emetrol and Vitamin B6 with effective home remedies can provide significant relief. Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new treatment to ensure it is safe for you and your baby. By finding the right combination of remedies, you can better navigate the early months of pregnancy and focus on the joy of your growing family.

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