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Nausea in Pregnancy
Morning sickness, which rarely happens only in the morning, is no fun. Oftentimes women just feel nauseous and blah, but some women throw up several times a day and cannot keep anything down throughout the whole pregnancy. There are several theories as to what causes nausea in pregnancy and here I explore three of them. First the body is detoxing; Second, low blood sugar; and third, low in magnesium. Unfortunately, not one thing works for everyone, so I have included here a list that work from most successful to what works for only a few. I encourage women to be proactive keep trying them until they find what works for them.
But first here is my quick answer that I have seen work over and over Phosfood from Standard Process. Place 15 drops of Phosfood in about 16 ounces of water and sip on it. You can have up to 60 drops of Phosfood a day safely. If you can’t drink the liquid without throwing up -try room temperature water and using a straw.
When the body realizes that it is pregnant, it undergoes some extra-ordinary housecleaning in an effort to make as healthy a situation for the growing baby as possible. While the mother is sleeping her body goes all out removing poisons giving them to the liver and kidneys for elimination. If these avenues of exit are already overloaded nausea results as the liver is forced to dump toxins directly into the intestine prior to neutralizing them. To prevent morning sickness it is ideal to do a detox before pregnancy that cleanses the liver. If already pregnant and can not keep anything down some women have found drinking freshly made juice-- no solids, for about 3 days really helped them. This gives the liver a break from digesting food and thus it can focus more fully on catching up on toxic elimination. There may be some concern that juice will cause the body to detox and go to the baby. Fresh juice ( not store bought) with live enzymes helps the liver to do its job of safely eliminate toxins from the body that would otherwise be dumped into the body. The body is continually detoxing it is when it is not detoxing that there are issues. Women with blood sugar issues may not do the best on a juice diet. This has helped lots of women but is not for everyone. Please be wise and listen to your body.
The best recipe for this is use 1lb carrots, two stalks celery, 1 wedge beet (the size of an orange slice), and 1 apple. Sip this with a straw at room temperature continually throughout the day to maintain your blood sugar level, consuming as much as possible. It is best not to mix vegetable and fruit juice as your body uses different enzymes to digest them. Women who try this usually say they feel wonderful afterwards. The fresh juice is excellent nutrition for a few days.
Normal physiological changes of early pregnancy, such as increased levels of estrogen and progesterone, cause the digestive system to slow down which leads to nausea. Lack of cardiovascular stimulation -exercise- can contribute to nausea because greater levels of acids and carbon dioxide will build up in the blood. A brisk walk in fresh air or some form of exercise daily can reduce the severity of nausea. Regular exercise also reduces fatigue and prevents constipation. Some foods to avoid are ones with strong smells, oily and fatty foods, very sweet and sugary foods.
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can cause nausea so it is helpful to eat several smaller meals throughout the day or a snack every hour instead of three large meals. Also it is good to eat something easily digestible right before bed such as toast or fruit with cheese and keep something beside your bed to eat in the middle of the night or before you get out of bed in the morning such as yogurt, toast, banana, nuts. If you feel your blood sugar is low eat a carbohydrate to bring your blood sugar up and then twenty minutes later a protein to stabilize it. Cataplex GTF from Standard Process can help stabalize blodd sugar levels. Get it here. Cataplex GTF
Sometimes when women are nauseous they say liquids make it worse, but it is very important to stay hydrated. Some liquids that may be more palatable and settle your stomach are water with lemon in it, 100% grape juice, grapefruit juice, or orange juice. You can freeze the juice with Popsicle sticks and suck on them if you like. Avoid coffee, soda, and other caffeinated or sugar-laden drinks. It is important to keep sipping liquid all day long. Some women say cold drinks make them throw up, so drinking room temperature or warm liquid may help. Also some women swear by drinking out of a straw to lessen nausea.
Magnesium is an essential mineral which one of its jobs is to help balance cortisol levels. Excess cortisol causes blood sugar levels to spike and crash resulting in fatigue and nausea. A good whole food vitamin can help increase magnesium levels. I recommend Standard Process Magnesium Lactate. One of the best ways to absorb magnesium is by using magnesium oil. This is really not oil but the salt magnesium dissolved in water. You can buy magnesium oil or for much cheaper you can buy magnesium salt and make it yourself. Just dissolve equal amounts salt into water and boil. I use magnesium chloride flakes like these: Magnesium Chloride Flakes. I encourage, you if you have suffered from nausea in the past or want to prevent it in the future, get some magnesium oil and spray some on your skin every day.
Recommendations for Nausea in Pregnancy
- Some women find it helps if they maintain a cooler than normal temperature in the bedroom.
- Certain types of iron, especially iron sulfate, cause a lot of moms to be nauseous. Make sure you are taking a whole food iron supplement. I recommend Blood Builder by Mega Foods.
- Extra vitamin B-6 50 mg. twice daily with magnesium, 400 mg. daily upon arising, helps some women. I recommend whole food vitamins from real foods but because it is difficult to get a therapeutic dose of B with whole food vitamins I feel the benefit of a synthetic B for a short time outweighs the negatives. B-6 should only be taken alone as long as needed, no longer than 6 weeks as the B vitamins must be in balance for the body to utilize them properly. Some women have been helped by a vitamin B shot. Contact your local midwife and see if this is something they offer.
- Extra B-12 has helped lots of women. I recommend Methyl B12 from Maga Food with active co enzyme for B12 use.
- Some women have a gene mutation called the MTHFR and cannot process folic acid so should only take the activated form of folate called methyl folate. If you do not do good on synthetic vitamins you may want to check your MTHFR status. (Also if you have had more than one consecutive miscarriage.) Learn more about MTHFR here:
- Do enemas. I know this sound disgusting to many people but once you have benefited from enemas you will do them often and love them. Enemas are safe in pregnancy when done correctly. Warm water enemas can also be a powerful way to hydrate the body. I recommend investing in an enema bucket and starting slowly. Some women feel worse after the first enema but then if they do another right away it washes the toxins out of the body and they usually feel amazing. I recommend a stainless steal enema bucket
- Sole (pronounced solay) is essentially water that has been fully saturated with a natural salt. Sole hydrates the body, helps detoxify, and boost energy among other things. You can read about it on wellness mama blog: http://wellnessmama.com/12158/make-sole/
- Drink lots of warm water with lemon in it.
- Take Activated Charcoal before you go to sleep at night this also absorbs toxins.
- Your diet is essential. Make sure you are eating whole foods, nothing out of a can or box. Eat small snacks every two hours: nuts, carrot and celery sticks with nut butter, avocado, dried fruit, and apples.
- Take showers and use a shower body brush all over several times a day.
- Take Cataplex GTF from Standard Process, 1-2 tablets three times a day, to balance blood sugar handling problems. If you are naseous all day and not just in the morning, or it is worse if you do not eat then Cataplex GTF may help. Also eat something every waking hour. Eat something with protein in it when you first get up in the morning.
- You may also try Beta Food and Liverplex from Standard Process to support the liver. Since the liver is so key in detoxing the body I recommend this even if you are not nauseous.
- Peppermint essential oil: rub on temples and wrists several times a day. This should be discontinued by the third trimester because peppermint oil may dry up breast milk.
- Homeopathic can be the exact solution for some people. I like the brand boron and for nausea recommend nux vomica and symphoricarpus.
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Seriously don't underestimate the power of sleep.
- Eat candied ginger for nausea this helps some women and other hate it. :)
Eating Legumes has been reported to help some women with nausea. Legumes are pinto beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans (also known as chick peas), black-eyed peas, lentils, black beans, red beans, navy beans, white beans, great northern beans, crowder peas (also known as field peas), yellow-eyed beans, and the list goes on. They are also termed “soup beans”. Most Westerners will admit that it is not often that we eat beans, if ever. These beans are dense with soluble fiber. The theory is that bile produced by the liver causes nausea to be worse. Soluble fiber and bile (or any fatty acid) have a great affinity toward one another. In fact, they will bind so tightly together that they cannot be parted. As no fiber (soluble or insoluble) can cross the intestinal barrier, all the bile that has been bound together with the soluble fiber will exit the body through a bowel movement. That means you will feel less nauseous.
I hope you are able to try some of these and I believe there is a solution to help you through pregnancy. If you want more assistance please make an appointment for a phone, or skype/facetime consultaton with me.
A serve Form of Nausea in Pregnancy is called Hyperemesis Gravidrum and the solution is found in the GUT.
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