Morning Sickness

How To Prevent Nausea During Pregnancy Naturally

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A Happier Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful time filled with excitement, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some less than pleasant moments during this period. Morning sickness and pregnancy nausea are very common during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. The good news is there are several ways to lessen these conditions and we are here to help you have a wonderful pregnancy experience.

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Our Holistic Approach to Helping You Overcome Morning Sickness

Every woman and every pregnancy is unique. Starting with this mindset and creating holistic treatment plans for morning sickness ensures our patients are receiving care that improves their overall health and pregnancy. We are here to find the morning sickness remedies that work for you.

Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness

There are several ways to alleviate morning sickness naturally, including simple changes to mealtimes and avoiding triggering smells. At our clinic, you’ll find natural ways to ease morning sickness through acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and dietary advice. It’s our mission to help you find gentle ways to care for your body and live a healthier and happier life.

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Acupuncture for Morning Sickness

Acupuncture treatments are an effective way to ease morning sickness and pregnancy nausea. Treatments bring harmony to hormones and balance systems in the body, reducing nausea and vomiting. Acupuncture is also used to improve digestion and metabolism. Additionally, this therapy can help you keep food down and increase appetite so you can maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy.

During treatment, patients can expect to have acupuncture needles placed on the abdomen, legs, and wrists. Results can vary based on a number of factors, however, most patients may begin to feel results when receiving 4-6 consecutive treatments. Some patients may need to continue treatments throughout the 1st trimester or entire pregnancy, depending on the severity of symptoms.

Herbal Remedies for Nausea During Pregnancy

Chinese herbs are sometimes used as morning sickness remedies. This customized medicine works to reduce vomiting and pregnancy nausea by balancing the energies of the body which impact hormone levels. Patients may also experience a better ability to gain weight and keep food down. Improved digestion and metabolism are also benefits of herbal medicine.

We will most likely first recommend acupuncture for treating morning sickness and pregnancy nausea. If Chinese herbs are deemed appropriate, it’s recommended that Chinese herbal medicine be combined with acupuncture treatments to maximize the therapies’ effectiveness. Those that take this approach typically experience increased improvement of their symptoms, quicker results, and more sustained results.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Morning Sickness?

Morning sickness is nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. It’s a common condition that typically starts early in the first trimester and usually improves in the mid to late part of the second trimester. It can happen at any point during the day.

Is Nausea Normal During Pregnancy?

Feeling nauseous during pregnancy is a common condition. There are several natural treatments and habit changes you can make to lessen nausea.

Is It Normal To Not Have Morning Sickness?

Around 70% of women report having morning sickness during pregnancy, but not all women experience this condition.

Is It Normal for Morning Sickness To Come and Go?

Morning sickness usually starts around weeks 6-9 and can last through the second trimester or entire pregnancy. Periods of sickness can occur on and off throughout the day and can last from 1 to 4 hours.

What Are the Symptoms of Morning Sickness?

Common symptoms of morning sickness are nausea and vomiting.

When Does Morning Sickness Start?

Morning sickness typically starts in the first trimester, around weeks 6-9.

How Long Does Morning Sickness Last?

Morning sickness typically starts during the first trimester and usually stops in the middle or end of the second trimester. However, morning sickness can sometimes persist throughout the pregnancy.

Can Morning Sickness Last All Day?

Morning sickness can happen at any time during the day. Mild nausea and vomiting are not a cause for alarm, but severe vomiting and nausea can lead to dehydration and may require hospitalization.

Can You Get Morning Sickness at Night?

Yes, you can get morning sickness at night. Morning sickness can happen at any point during the day.

Can Men Get Morning Sickness?

No, men can not get morning sickness, as it’s a condition only experienced during pregnancy.

What Does Morning Sickness Feel Like?

Morning sickness usually involves feelings of nausea and the need to vomit. These feelings may feel like motion sickness and can range in severity.

Can Morning Sickness Be Accompanied by Diarrhea?

Morning sickness, stomach issues,  and diarrhea are common during pregnancy. Be sure to tell your doctor what you experience and make sure to stay hydrated.

What Causes Morning Sickness?

The exact cause of morning sickness is not known, but hormonal changes may be a factor.

What Helps With Pregnancy Nausea?

There are several natural remedies for pregnancy nausea, including acupuncture, taking prenatal vitamins with a snack, eating small meals throughout the day, eating some crackers before getting up, hydrating, avoiding spicy foods, drinking tea with ginger, and changing the types of foods you eat.

What Can Pregnant Women Take for Nausea?

Pregnancy nausea is typically treated naturally and with lifestyle changes. Acupuncture is an effective way to balance hormones and reduce nausea. It’s also a good idea to stay hydrated and snack throughout the day. Eating crackers or toast before getting up in the morning may help as well.

What Foods Are Good for Morning Sickness?

Chinese dietary theory recommends warm, gooey foods that are easy for the body to digest. These include soups, stews, bone broth, oatmeal, hominy, grits, etc. We also recommend avoiding cold and raw foods such as smoothies, salads, and raw vegetables. Cold and raw foods require energy to warm and process that your body may not have.

You can also consider eating bland foods, such as crackers, toast, applesauce, tofu, rice, broth, bananas, and eggs. It can be a good idea to eat crackers before you get up to settle your stomach and also to eat something with your prenatal vitamins. Ginger can help with morning sickness too – put some in tea, eat ginger candies, or drink some ginger ale.

Can Acupuncture Help Morning Sickness?

Yes, acupuncture can help morning sickness. Treatments work to reduce nausea and vomiting by harmonizing the energies of the body which can balance hormones. Acupuncture also helps digestion, strengthens appetite, improves metabolism, and helps keep food down.

How Does Acupuncture Work for Morning Sickness?

Acupuncture harmonizes the energies of the body and can balance hormone levels, which helps lessen the feeling of nausea. When the body’s systems are in balance, digestion, metabolism, and appetite all improve.

How Long Does Acupuncture Take to Work for Morning Sickness?

Some patients feel results after 4-6 consecutive treatments. Results vary from woman to woman and also depend on the severity of symptoms.

How Often Do You Need Acupuncture for Morning Sickness?

Some women may only need one treatment per week, while others may need 2-3 treatments per week to lessen their morning sickness. Treatment plan recommendations will depend on goals and severity of symptoms.

Which Herb May Be Helpful With Morning Sickness Symptoms?

We have several herbs that we use for morning sickness and pregnancy support. We will recommend herbs only after a consultation.

What To Expect

You can expect to find a partner in your health journey.

At Transformational Acupuncture, we strive to provide a welcoming environment to each and every patient. We understand traditional healthcare can make some wary of seeking help, even if it’s for the betterment of their health. That’s why we take a holistic approach when treating each person. You will be listened to, treated with respect, and be seen as a true partner in your own health journey.

At the beginning of your treatment you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we’ll discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we’ll create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.

Your Patient Journey

At the beginning of your treatment, you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we will discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we will create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.

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Begin your holistic health journey by scheduling an appointment today. Schedule online or give us a call at (202) 297-7404.

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