Home Remedies for Morning Sickness
It’s estimated that nearly half of all pregnant women suffer from morning sickness. There are some home remedies that may help women through it.
Adrienne Scheck is pregnant with her second child. For the past four months, the minute she opened her eyes in the morning, Adrienne knew she was in for a rough day.
Adrienne Scheck, has morning sickness:
“It’s constant nausea. For me it was also vomiting two, three, sometimes five times a day.”
Morning sickness usually begins about the sixth week of pregnancy and ends around 16 weeks. For the unlucky few, it can last the entire pregnancy.
Doctors say there are some home remedies that may help ease morning sickness: avoid fried, fatty foods — they’re harder to digest. Eat small, frequent, low-fat meals. Drink a lot of fluids to prevent dehydration. Recent research shows vitamin B-6 really works, but check with your doctor before taking any supplements. If your morning sickness is severe, seek help.
Yolangel Hernandez-Suarez, M.D., Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Miami, FL:
“If you find you are losing weight instead of gaining weight. If you are not urinating the usual number of times a day that you would go to the bathroom. If your urine is very dark, that can be a sign that you’re dehydrated, that your urine is concentrated, and finally if you can’t keep any type of food or liquid down.”
For Adrienne, the worst is over. She says she’s feeling better and looking forward to having a healthy baby.
The good news is morning sickness is a sign the pregnancy is going well. Research suggests women who have morning sickness are less likely to have a miscarriage.
Can I take USANA products if I am pregnant or breast-feeding?
It is important for women who are planning to become pregnant (and those who are currently pregnant) to consume at least 400 mcg of folic acid per day. A full daily dosage of the USANA Vitamins Essentials provides 1,000 mcg of folic acid. If a mother does not have adequate intake of folic acid within the first few months of pregnancy, the fetus may develop neural tube defects (such as spina bifida). Studies show that taking at least 400 mcg of folic acid can reduce the risk of these birth defects by as much as 70%.
It is important for every expectant mother to ask a doctor about taking an iron supplement, as iron is not included in the Essentials. During pregnancy, women should generally supplement with somewhere between 28 and 90 mg of elemental iron per day, depending on their needs.
Research has also shown that essential fatty acids are critical for developing babies. It may be a good idea to supplement with USANA BiOmega during pregnancy. Before taking any additional or different supplements, discuss them fully with your doctor, as it is important to protect the growing baby and mother.
READ VERY CAREFULLY – The following USANA products, taken as directed, are recommended for women who are pregnant or lactating:
The following USANA products, taken as directed, are generally recommended for women who are pregnant or lactating, based on individual needs:
USANA Foods (Nutrimeal, Nutrition Bar, Fibergy Plus)
The following USANA products, taken as directed, are recommended for women who are pregnant or lactating ONLY on the advice of a physician:
Proflavanol C100 & Proflavanol C200
Rev3 and Rev3 Surge Pack
Visionex and Visionex DS
The following USANA products are NOT generally recommended for use by pregnant or lactating women:
CoQuinone 30 and CoQuinone 100