NUTRITION IN PREGNANCY
Natural approaches for alleviating morning sickness
Very few pregnant women escape what is called morning sickness – a misleading name as the waves of nausea, and for some actual sickness, can occur throughout the day.
It is thought that morning sickness may be caused by an increase in human chorionic gonadotrophin hormone (HCG) which is produced by the placenta. It appears that pregnant women who are less well nourished suffer from worse symptoms. Another theory is that it is a sign that the body is trying to eliminate stored toxins from the body in order to protect the developing foetus. Nausea is also a symptom of low blood sugar levels, which is very likely to be an issue in pregnancy.
Tips to alleviate morning sickness:
- Take a good quality pregnancy multivitamin and mineral supplement to ensure that you are getting optimum levels of essential nutrients
- Have a good breakfast, combining complex carbohydrates and protein, in order to ensure that you optimise your blood sugar levels at the start of the day. For example scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast; porridge or muesli sprinkled with berries, nuts and seeds
- Eat little and often to maintain blood sugar levels throughout the day. Always have a mid morning and mid afternoon snack (a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts, oatcakes and hoummous)
- Avoid refined foods (biscuits, cakes, white bread, pasta and rice) and sugary foods and drinks, as these upset blood sugar levels
- Avoid foods containing additives, preservatives, artificial sweeteners and colourings as these place a burden on the liver
- Decrease or avoid tea and coffee, as these too place a burden on the liver
- Drink plenty of water to help the body flush out toxins
- Ginger helps with nausea. Try ginger herbal tea bags or steep freshly grated ginger root in hot water
- Taking extra vitamin B6 has been found to be useful in relieving morning sickness. It is thought that high circulating levels of oestrogen can contribute to morning sickness, and vitamin B6 is helpful in helping clear excess oestrogen by optimising liver function
If you would like more advice on any of the points mentioned in this article or would like to find out how nutrition can support fertility or pregnancy or please contact Emily on 07967 639347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I offer one to one consultations in a family friendly clinic in Northfields. To find out more about me please visit my website www.4wellpeople.co.uk.