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Balance and Grounding.

Let’s talk about Nausea during pregnancy. How to reduce and avoid it, healing and helping yourself. A little background – half of pregnancies have some nausea during the 6th to 16th week. It occurs from the increase of your Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) hormone, fatigue, or high stress.

I want to stress you don’t have to put up with nausea, that a woman’s experience of nausea (morning sickness) varies as much as their experience of labor, and there is no normal to compare with.

In my professional opinion the key is fluid intake, drink fluids (electrolyte replacement), thereby avoiding dehydration. Believe it or not, slight dehydration can make nausea worse. If you feel thirstier than normal and are urinating less, this may be indication that your body is dehydrated.

So, what can you do to relieve your nausea?

Liquids

Small regular doses of bland potato soup, won ton soup, veggie or chicken broths.

Ginger or peppermint tea – 3 cups or less per day.

Carbonated drinks to help settle the nauseous feeling.

Snacks (Foods that worked for friends may not work for you. Figure out what’s best for you.)

Small regular snacks every 1-2 hours before empty stomach feeling sets in, i.e., raisins, almonds, small sandwich, piece of fruit, baked potato, bread, pasta, rice.

Overeating can make nausea worse.

If you are on the go and you can’t get home- a few carrots, small portion of nuts, or protein bar.

Increase protein snack before bed, and carbohydrate snack upon waking.

Rest

Rest when most nauseous.

Smells

Odors can be overwhelming. Try aromatic oils, like Peppermint oil at night.

Thanks for reading and seeking a pathway of healing thyself, towards balance and grounding. If these don’t work, seek out help. There is an answer out there.

Image Credit: Emma Whitney Photography

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Alan Lloyd, L.Ac. is a HI Licensed Acupuncturist, that focuses on healing, healing thyself, balance and groundedness. He has practiced healing and Acupuncture for 10 years, including 2 years at a Midwife based Seattle Birth Center with pregnant women and 1 year practicing with a Midwife. He was trained at a Naturopathic School. He supported his partner through fertility, pregnancy, labor, and delivery. He can be reached at 206-218-9527, alanlloydlac@gmail.com, or Lloydsacupuncture.com

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