Pregnancy Photos 1Nausea … that word is nauseating to even think about!  AND when it comes along with being tired and hormonal, it can add up to a terrible first trimester (and beyond that for some women).  So, if you’re experiencing nausea and searching for some natural cures, read on!  I know first-hand as well as through patient experiences that there are DEFINITELY natural cures out there to help kick nausea in early pregnancy.

It is thought that nausea results when the ability of the body to maintain homeostasis (or balance) is impaired.  The reasons for impaired homeostasis are numerous, but with the help of your Naturopathic Doctor you can distinguish why YOUR newly pregnant body is out of balance.

That said, here is the most common cause to consider:

PROTEIN
Protein (a lack of) is a major player in first trimester nausea.  Nausea in early pregnancy should be thought of as a warning sign that the body is experiencing rapid-onset protein deficiency.  By increasing protein consumption many women find their nausea decreases.  To go along with this, Vitamin B6 and ginger (both natural aids well known for treating nausea in pregnancy) actually aid in protein metabolism and this is thought to be WHY they actually work to reduce nausea.

It is important to eat frequently throughout the day and to include protein with each meal & snack.  High quality protein such as antibiotic & hormone-free meats, beans, nuts & seeds are the best choices.  If you experience morning sickness, a high protein bedtime snack, as well as a high protein breakfast will work wonders.  A smoothie is my favourite breakfast recommendation for pregnant moms because not only can you pack it full of protein and nutrients, the protein is in an easily-absorbed form which will increase your body’s uptake.  Choose high quality vegan proteins for your smoothie such as hemp seeds, chia seeds and almond butter.

OTHER NATURAL CURES:
As I said earlier, there are many different reasons why women may experience nausea.  Increasing protein consumption will benefit many pregnant moms, but some other natural cures to consider (if protein isn’t enough) are:

Homeopathics: These are safe and natural remedies chosen based on your individual symptoms and therefore I highly recommend consulting a Naturopathic Doctor to help you choose the right remedy for you.  I have seen homeopathics work wonders for nausea, and also work VERY quickly.  There were a couple of days early on in my pregnancy that I thought I would not make it to work, but within half an hour of taking the right homeopathic for my specific symptoms, I was feeling much better and was able to have a great day at work.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a safe and successful treatment for nausea in pregnancy.  I love using this modality and find women love it too because not only does it help with nausea, it is also relaxing and helps to reduce stress (something every woman can benefit from!).

As you can see, there are many natural cures available to expecting moms.  Follow my recommendations above and get ready to show that pregnancy glow!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Wishing you a happy & healthy pregnancy!