In Ayurveda, morning sickness is called garbhini chardi. Garbhini refers to an expectant woman while chardi means vomiting. Morning sickness (Emesis Gravidarum) is the common term used for nausea or vomiting during pregnancy. It is associated with other symptoms such as mild abdominal discomfort, followed by tastelessness. Few pregnant women also experience headache, tingling sensation in the throat, excess sweating, dizziness, and fatigue.
Though morning sickness is usually common in the early stage of pregnancy (first 3 months), it may extend to 2nd trimester (3-6 months). The vomiting sensation tend to become higher during morning hours. The body produces the hormone human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) in large quantities when during pregnancy, which causes nausea.
Few pregnant women develop vomiting sensation by the look or smell of the food and in the rest while having the food (This particular sensation may be color, taste, or odor oriented).
Most of the time, morning sickness or vomiting sensation caused during pregnancy can be cured by mood diversion and in a few patients, by altering the sequence of the food, the complaint can be relieved.
If the vomiting sensation continues for a long duration, it is termed hyperemesis gravidarum and immediate medical intervention is needed.
Home Remedies for Morning Sickness
Feeling uneasy & sick during pregnancy is a miserable plight, and you will feel that anything that helps to give some relief is worth a try. It is not possible to prevent morning sickness entirely as it is a normal & natural part of pregnancy. However, in Ayurveda, there are several home remedies and complementary measures that could give temporary relief. Morning sickness occurs due to the aggravation of the Pitta Dosha and keeping three doshas in balance is compulsory to have a healthy body.
- 50 gram of Laja (parched rice) or popcorn is taken and made into powder. To this powder, 10-15 gram powdered sugar candy and 1-2 pinches of cardamom powder are added and mixed well.
- 5-10 grams of this mixture is advised to consume by chewing, once in half an hour. This helps to reduce vomiting sensation or nausea caused during pregnancy.
- 1-2 feathers of peacock (Mayura) are taken and cut into small pieces. This is placed in an earthen pan and kept till it is completely charred and attains black color (bhasma). Then it is ground well in a mortar and preserved in an airtight container.
- Coconut pulp is grated, crushed and milky juice is extracted. To this coconut milk, sugar candy (for 100 ml, 20 gram), and a pinch of cardamom powder or rose petals are added and stirred well.
- This is given to the pregnant woman to drink, to pacify vomiting, nausea, and another excess of Pitta symptoms such as burning sensation.
- Keep yourself hydrated: pregnant women should keep themselves nourished & hydrated with coconut water or lemon juice during the first trimester as hyperemesis can cause dehydration.
- Eat frequent small protein-rich meals. Avoid oily and spicy food articles as they increase nausea.
Herbs that help in reducing morning sickness
Half a teaspoon of ginger juice is mixed with half a teaspoon of lemon, administered along with warm water once or twice a day to reduce nausea.
Have a cup of ginger tea. It soothes your stomach and reduces uneasiness. This spicy herb is also used to ease motion sickness.
- Lemonade prepared by adding a pinch of cardamom, mint leaves is a good remedy for morning sickness.
- Also, the sourness of lemon helps to reduce nausea when taken with a pinch of salt.
They are crushed to extract the juice. To half a teaspoon of this juice, a teaspoon of lemon juice, and half a teaspoon of sugar candy powder are added. This paste is consumed along with warm water early in the morning to ease nausea.
Use of Bhoonimba Kalka with an equal quantity of sugar is given to reduce nausea.
- Get good rest.
- Avoid foods with a lot of flavors and if you are continuously experiencing vomiting despite medication, then make a list of foods that you like. Have only them avoid other food items.
- Consider quitting tea and coffee
- Avoid smoking, alcohol, sodas, crunchy junk foods, aerated drinks, and highly spicy food items.
- Whenever you sleep, do not break the sleep all of a sudden or get up suddenly. Get up slowly.
- Do not use too cold or too hot water for bathing.
- Avoid going under the hot sun or make use of an umbrella.
Morning sickness is a normal & natural part of pregnancy and it can be managed with above mentioned pregnancy ayurvedic remedies. If it continues causing an inability to hold food can result in dehydration. So if you are suffering from severe case emesis (morning sickness), then you can contact online Ayurvedic doctors at Total Ayurveda Care and get more healthy tips.