Dietary Supplements and Morning Sickness

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2012
Jul 20

Morning sickness is one of the most common, and often one of the most unfortunate things about being pregnant. While there are other symptoms of pregnancy that might be more severe, or others that may last through your entire pregnancy, morning sickness is a major concern for many women. It is estimated that somewhere around 70% of women experience morning sickness at some point or another during their pregnancy. This morning sickness might take place just at one time of the day (which can be, for example, the afternoon) or it may be all day long. In some cases, morning sickness may be accompanied by vomiting. The good news is that morning sickness typically will pass some time before the end of your first trimester of pregnancy. Still, in the meantime, there are a variety of things that you can do that can help with morning sickness. There are even dietary supplements that can help with morning sickness.

Dietary supplements designed to help with morning sickness typically rely on a variety of herbal ingredients. Most commonly, a dietary supplement that can help with morning sickness will contain ginger. Ginger has been used for centuries to reduce nausea and vomiting, whether it is from morning sickness or from some other causes, such as motion sickness. Dietary supplements typically contain ground ginger root. In addition to ginger, a dietary supplement may contain Vitamin B6, which is also known to reduce nausea. Vitamin B6 can also help to strengthen your immune system, as well, which has added benefits for your baby. Other ingredients might include things like Vitex (Chasteberry), Red Raspberry Leaf, or other herbs.

Dietary supplements for morning sickness may not be able to help everyone. However, because there are no known harmful ingredients in these supplements, they are a safe alternative to certain medications, which may have unpleasant side effects or may be dangerous to you or to your baby during pregnancy. If you try these supplements and they don’t work for you, you might consider any number of other alternative therapies, including acupuncture, acupressure, SeaBands, or even other sorts of herbal remedies.