The morning sickness is starting:( Major bummer, I was hoping I would be able to avoid it this time around, but NOT the case. My nausea isn't too intense, but it is still really annoying and certainly affecting what I want to eat and when. What is Morning Sickness and How Do We View It In Ayurveda? Morning sickness is the general term used to describe nausea and vomiting that occurs during the early stages of pregnancy. While it can occur in the morning, it can also occur at any time in the day. It was actually the worst at night for me. In Ayurveda, we believe that it is caused by aggravated Pitta, or too much heat in the system. This means it is often more common in people who have a Pitta constitution. According to Dr. Lad, it gets worse during the early stages because, "the higher estrogen levels in the blood triggers pitta in the stomach and increases acid secretions, so that the stomach becomes more acidic." You might also notice that certain odors can trigger nausea and vomiting. It is very normal for our sense of smell to increase during pregnancy, and I certainly know that mine is. This is making it almost impossible to cook, which is a sucks, because I love cooking. Luckily, for me making dietary changes really helped curb my nausea.
What Can We Do to Help?
1) Eat every 2 hours (esp before bed and upon waking), specifically protein For those Ayurvedic buffs out there, even Dr. Lad recommends six small meals a day to help with morning sickness. This is contrary to what is normally recommended in Ayurveda, which is to eat 3 meals a day with minimal snacking. Since I'm having trouble cooking, I am trying to find healthy quick foods to eat. Snacks like an ojas date shake (see my video for instructions on that one—actually filmed during week 5 of my pregnancy), organic crackers with good quality hard cheese or cottage cheese, sprouted spelt toast with cream cheese, and peanut butter and crackers are proving helpful. While not ideal, they are what I can manage to eat and digest. I am also starting to incorporate LOTS of fruit infused water because regular water has been hard to drink, more homemade nut milk or non-homogenized cow’s.
2) A Morning sickness remedy from Dr. Lad 1 tsp raw sugar (sucanat, rapadura, coconut sugar) w/ 2 drops sandalwood oil
3) Chew a piece of fresh ginger root or lemon peel If the nausea is severe, up to 250 mg of ginger can be taken in capsule form up to 3 times per day. *Larger amounts of ginger can be emmenagogue (stimulate blood flow to the uterus and bring on miscarriage). I tried a little ginger, it was okay, not amazing for me.
4) Shatavari Kalpa A sautéed blend of shatavari, sugar and spices, can be really helpful, or just plain shatavari. I tried plain Shatavari, since I was honestly too tired to make the kalpa, and it did help me.
5) Homeopathy Excellent homeopathic remedies such as ipecacuanha and nux vomica are available for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. We usually recommend a 30C potency. See your local homeopath or midwife to find the right one for you. Homeopathy is something we highly recommend to treat pregnancy ailments as it's safe, effective, and there are no side effects or drug interactions.
I personally finding that eating protein every 2 hours with occasional shatavari powder in milk or ginger tea to be the most effective.
As always would love to hear what is working for you!
With Love, Kerry