Mama Bird’s Big List of (Mostly) Natural Morning Sickness Remedies

First, an announcement: I’m pregnant again! I’ve shared about baby chicks, baby goats and now a brand new (human) baby bird is coming.

Next, a proclamation: I hate feeling nauseous and throwing up! The good news is that I learned a lot of natural morning sickness remedies (and a few not so natural) my first go around. I had it pretty bad and now consider myself a bit of an expert. The next day after my positive home pregnancy test, I jumped on Amazon and ordered a few provisions.

18 (Mostly) Natural Morning Sickness Remedies

Not a fan of being sick, either? Here is a list of all of the remedies I have tried and found helpful. They are roughly in order from more natural to more intensive. Please remember that I am not a physician and you should always consult your own midwife, doctor, or care provider regarding your own particular health.

  1. Preggie Pop Drops. These are little sour candies. The company also makes lollipops, but I find them too big. The drops can really help you get to the place where you are ready to eat something else. They are also good to have stashed in your purse, diaper bag and desk at work.
  2. Crackers. Keep them on your bedside table. Eat them when you wake up in the middle of the night and upon first waking. My first pregnancy I liked water crackers, but this time I like Hawaiian soda crackers. (I have heard that there is something about baking soda that settles the stomach.)
  3. Psi Bands!!! These are bracelets that push on a pressure point on your inner wrist that directly reduces nausea.  Crazy, but they really work to take the edge off. On bad days, I wore them nearly the whole day and took them off to sleep. Sea Bands are a similar concept but look a little like an ace bandage.

  1. This may sound gross, but if you are for sure going to throw up, eat something that isn’t so bad coming up, like applesauce. My first pregnancy, I could guarantee vomiting at least once in the morning throughout weeks 8-16, and this helped it go a little easier.
  2. Fresh Ginger. You can make tea, add it to smoothies…
  3. Ginger Candy. There’s ginger hard candyginger chews, ginger gum, and crystalized ginger. Spicy, but effective.

  1. Ginger Beer and Ginger Ale. Start by sipping just a little.
  2. Eat like a toddler. Really the secret is to keep food in your stomach. Frequent, small meals are the way to go. At the peak of morning sickness, I ate something every 30 minutes. This time around, I snack whenever I feed Little Bird a snack (usually the same thing), and it works out. Also, snacks and sweets are good to get you to the place you can eat, but the goal is to eat a mini balanced meal. Protein and complex carbohydrates are especially important in making you feel good again.
  3. Humor your cravings and aversions (as long as they aren’t totally unhealthy or unsafe.) Pregnancy likes/dislikes are fickle, but for the most part, go with them. Can’t get enough fresh watermelon? Great! My first pregnancy, after days of not wanting to eat anything, I found that I could eat fresh Vietnamese spring rolls. I then ate them four days in a row.
  4. Going for a walk outside. Yup, the last thing you probably want to do. But getting outside and getting the blood flowing can help. Other gentle exercise, like yoga, could help, too. I like to stay very active during pregnancy, typically with Bar Method, but first trimester is definitely a time to find balance with gentle, easy exercise.

  1. Coca-cola. I know, not very natural. But my mother is from the South and gave us a little bit of coke when we were sick and it strangely can settle the stomach. (Like the ginger beer or ginger ale, start by sipping a little, a whole can would probably make me feel worse from all the sugar.) If you are worried about GMO corn syrup, try a Mexican market. The coke sold in bottles is usually made with cane sugar. You can also buy the mini cans instead of 12oz ones.
  2. Vitamin B-6 was recommended by my doctor. I personally didn’t find it super helpful. A fried of mine found good results with a shot of B-6, which is usually a much larger dose.
  3. Soothing teas. I personally didn’t find tea appetizing, but others find pregnancy teas soothing. A Facebook friend suggested drinking it iced. I found making my Red Raspberry Leaf tea iced for the third trimester vastly improved the taste. Here is a recipe.

This next section are remedies that you may want to tell your doctor/midwife you are using, just to be sure that they aren’t contraindicated in your particular case.

  1. Acupuncture. Chinese Medicine has been the single most helpful remedy for both of my pregnancies. When selecting a practitioner, find one who specializes in OB/GYN. For my first, even after morning sickness subsided, I continued going regularly for all of those pesky, but normal, pregnancy symptoms throughout the entire term. If you are in San Diego, I recommend Eti Domb, L.Ac. (You can also read in this post how it helped naturally induce my full term baby.)
  2. Along with acupuncture, Chinese Herbs have been used for millennia. It has always seemed strange to me that western medicine  says to avoid herbs of any kind during pregnancy, while still prescribing heavy pharmaceuticals. Their answer: there hasn’t been enough studies to prove the safety of herbs. Well, turns out there is plenty of peer-reviewed evidence published. It’s just in Chinese!! I have been amazed by the benefit I’ve received from herbs given to me in conjunction with acupuncture. Many of the ingredients are not that scary: ginger, licorice, orange peel, cinnamon, date…  (I tend to be a rule follower and dutifully informed my doctor of everything I am taking. At first the doctors got into a tizzy that licorice could raise my blood pressure, but since mine remains 100/50, they have grudgingly approved of the tincture.) If you want to consult with someone, Eti is available by phone for those outside of San Diego. My friend Ahlea also consults locally and by phone on pre- and postnatal nutrition and herbs.
  3. Two over the counter medications that I did not try, but that my doctor recommended are Benadryl and Unisom (especially in combination with B-6). I didn’t try them out, but it might be worth discussing a trial of one or both with your doctor before trying a prescription.

And if all that fails and you are interested in talking to your doctor about a prescription, here are my thoughts on a few medications I have tried. Remember, I am not a doctor, just offering my own personal reviews.

  1. Zofran (Ondansetron) is prescribed for nausea and vomiting associated with surgery, cancer and Hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme morning sickness marked by dehydration.) In my case, I was given a pill that dissolved in my mouth and tasted like mint and artificial sweetener. It worked like a miracle but had a catch, the next day after using it I invariably suffered from painful constipation. Thankfully, this pregnancy I have only had to use Zofran once, but during my first, although I treated it as my last resort, I did have to use it regularly in order to function at work. I also used the smallest amount possible, and often found a quarter of a pill helped. Although I tried not to use it, sometimes simply having it in my bag with me eased the anxiety that I wouldn’t be able to get through the day. For other nursing mothers: my doctor (and my own research) indicated that Zofran is acceptable to use while breastfeeding, but obviously do your own research and use caution. (Thankfully I managed to always keep myself hydrated and nourished and did not have to go to the ER. But for those that do, Zofran is often given IV, along with fluids.)
  2. Phenergan (Promethazine) is also prescribed for Hyperemesis gravidarum. It is  an antihistamine and is very sedating. Its use is NOT recommended during breastfeeding.  I did not like it at all. Even a quarter of a pill knocked me out completely in a “drugged” kind of way. I can’t imagine anyone being able to use it while caring for a toddler. But everyone reacts differently!

So there you go! More than enough ideas to at least start with.

Enter a giveaway of a prize pack with my favorite remedies here!

What worked for you? please comment and share morning sickness remedies that you recommend or would like to try.

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48 responses to “Mama Bird’s Big List of (Mostly) Natural Morning Sickness Remedies

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  2. What a great list! I was lucky throughout my three pregnancies to have minimal morning sickness. I found “eating like a toddler”, & simply avoiding smells and tastes that bothered me helped a lot.

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  4. Congratulations first of all! And, I wish I would have known some of these tips when I was experiencing super crazy morning sickness a few months ago! Best of luck with your pregnancy! xoxo.

  5. Jennifer Jenrette

    Congrats on your pregnancy Abby! How fun that you’ll have two beautiful girls :) I’ve actually tried those ginger chews from tj’s but didn’t like them at all :( which is surprising since I pretty much like everything from tj’s! Anyway, I love Reed’s ginger brew for nausea. It helps every time!

    • Thanks Jennifer! The candy is spicy, it’s not for everyone. I’m glad the ginger brew helps you! My husband loves them for cocktails, lol.

  6. Marcy Connelly Wehde

    HI Abby! I’m not pregnant, but tend to get motion sick very easily. I hope to never have to suffer from morning sickness, but I am keeping a mental list of your suggestions just in case!!

    • Marcy, I also get morning sickness really easily. In fact, I remember being the pukey kid on a middle school desert trip. I think your husband may have been in the same van as me!

  7. Ginger worked for me! And Jolly Ranchers…. (shhhh)

  8. Congrats! Preggie pops, small meals and ginger ale helped me a little. Zofran helped a lot. I want to try the bands and acu next time though.

  9. I’m really interested to try those bands! Great for the busy pregnant mom on the go. I just found out I’m pregnant with number 2 and so far I have only had minor nausea. I have just been munching on crackers to keep something in my tummy. Never had it with my first pregnancy!

  10. I am so grateful to find this list. We are trying to get pregnant again after 2 miscarriages. *fingers crossed* Anyways, I had ‘all-day’ sickness during both previous pregnancies. Why do they call it ‘morning’ sickness anyways? Fresh ginger tea was the only thing that I knew to help, and it isn’t very convenient to make. I’m going to give the PsiBand a try! Thanks. :)

  11. I love the wrist bands. They worked great for me :)

  12. Having had horrible morning sickness this go around I’ve tried nearly everything on your list and ended up on Zofran because I was losing weight thanks to being unable to keep anything down. I’ll have to try the ginger chews as they’re the only thing I didn’t try. Ginger ale did nothing for me though.. :/
    Congrats on your upcoming baby bird!

  13. My morning sickness was so bad with my first pregnancy that I couldn’t even keep water down. It was horrible. I had to talk Zofran for 7 weeks just to function. Given all that, I would use everything pictured for the next pregnancy from the start to hopefully give myself better chances.

  14. I wish I had this list 3 months ago! Would have loved to try the bands.

  15. I wish I’d tried some of these with my first, but I’d love to try them the second time around! Congrats on your pregnancy!

  16. Aline Grigorian

    I was lucky enough to have minimal morning sickness. I just didn’t like onions and garlic on anything! I love ginger, so I’d try the ginger chews.
    Congrats on your pregnancy! :)

  17. I love the Gin-Gins hard candy. I always bring some with me when I fly since I tend to get motion sickness.

  18. I have been so sick this pregnancy. I would LOVE any of those products. Thanks for the suggestions and this giveaway.

    • You are welcome Tamara. I’m so glad this post has been of help! I hope you start feeling better soon.

    • And congratulations Tamara, you are our winner! I will get in touch with you regarding getting your goodies to you!

  19. Ooooh great list! I’ll be sharing with my sister who is having some bad morning sickness!

  20. This is a great list!! I hope you feel better soon, congrats on your second baby bird. We are hoping to add to our nest soon, too. With my first, I was nauseated the first trimester, and preggie pops worked well- but not all the flavors. I also sucked on lemon jolly ranchers. I would love to try the psi bands and the ginger candy, too. I love ginger!

    I would love to win!!

  21. Wanted to get another entry in! I have bookmarked this list for the next pregnancy. I think the psibands sound great! :)

  22. I want to try the psi bands! Would be totally helpful, as I’m 6 weeks along with #2 and feel sick mostly at night when I don’t really want to be eating anything! Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. Congrats to our winner Tamara! Although the giveaway is closed, please continue to share your tips and questions!

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  26. Acupuncture worked for me with my 3rd pregnancy. I found bubbly drinks to work well. Someone recommended to me to eat a few saltines in the morning as soon as I woke up and that did help – not sure the science of it but I swear I was less nauseous. My acupunturist also wrote down a homemade ginger peppermint tea for me to keep in the fridge. The idea was to drink a glass every day to prevent it, but I would forget… luckily when I started to feel nauseous this tea helped tremendously…. I brewed 8 cups of peppermint tea – added fresh ginger and several slices of lemon and poured it over ice then stored in the fridge. I also love No Mo Nausea

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