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Monday, 02 December 2013

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This question gets answered, but also propelled a refresher look at the data bases to see if recent research reveals any new solutions to this age-old problem, which usually strikes pregnant women between weeks 4-16, from the sudden influx of hormones.  Those new studies can be found on our Hot Research page.

BR, got any suggestions for nausea/vomiting from morning sickness during pregnancy?  I could use some.


Dear Jana,

Last time I looked, the research results were positive but not ironclad (due to imperfect study design) for hypnosis and imagery, and stronger for acupressure, vitamin B6 and ginger.  I’ll look through the literature again and post what I find on our Hot Research page. 

In the meantime, there’s still the common sense advice our mothers gave us:

  • Keep snacks with you – nuts, bland crackers like Saltines
  • Avoid foods that are fatty, spicy or strongly aromatic
  • Lay off alcohol, caffeine
  • Keep your room temperature comfortable for you
  • Stay hydrated – carbonated water may work best
  • Avoid strong perfumes, odors of all kinds, when possible
  • 6 small meals/day may work better than 3 bigger ones
  • Don’t lie down immediately after eating – wait 45 minutes
  • For most, the symptoms are roughest from 4-12 weeks, but then it gets better or disappears altogether.

So, do check this week’s Hot Research, to see an update on relevant studies. 

And for the most up to date information on nutrition, mind-body methods and a first rate integrative approach for fertility and pregnancy, you must get a copy of the incomparable Dr Victoria MaizesBe Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child.

Good luck!  Hope you’re with the majority, and all this disappears by your twelfth week.

All best,

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written by Nancy Mac, CHt, December 04, 2013
There is an acupressure spot on the inside of the wrist between your 2 tendons. In acupuncture, it is known as the P-6 spot. It relates to nausea - whether caused by sea-sickness, motion sickness, or pregnancy.
There are several devices you can buy that stimulate that point.

The simplest and least expensive are wrist bands with a little knob that sits over that spot. You either push the knob into the F-6 spot, or tighten the strap so that it puts pressure there. Two kinds I have seen are the Psi Band and the Sea-Band. They are very simple and cost $10-15.

Another kind is called the ReliefBand. It is more powerful and uses a watch type wristband. The "watch face" is placed so that it faces the inside of your wrist. When you turn it on, it emits a small electrical pulse into the F-6 spot. (The watch face is powered by a small watch battery.) You can turn the intensity up or down - depending on your needs. You can wear it as long as you need at the intensity that works for you.

I have a friend who had such severe motion sickness that she wasn't ever able to fly without barfing all through the flight. (Not the seatmate you wanted to be near.) But with the ReliefBand, she turns it on a bit before take-off and wears it til the plane sets down. It has totally eliminated her nausea problem. On the worst flights, she still might feel a tiny bit queasy, but nothing like before.
I have talked with others that have used it for morning sickness with very good results. It is more expensive that the other kinds, but well worth it if your nausea is severe. It costs $110- $125, depending on where you find it. My friend found hers on eBay for around $90.
You can Google these various brand names and find out more. And if you buy the expensive ReliefBand, you can always recover your money by selling it on eBay when you don't need it any longer.
Good luck,
Nancy Mac

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