Updated: Apr 15, 2018
If you are pregnant and sufferig from morninging sickness (nausea) there may be a simple solution at hand.
Morning sickness is caused by high levels of pregnancy hormones flooding your body, it is very common, with up to nine out of ten pregnant women experience some form of nausea or vomiting.
As your are pregant your body is now producing the hormone "human chorionic gonadotrophin" (hCG) in large quantities. This hormone makes sure that your baby gets what he needs from your body in the early weeks. Once the placenta takes over nourishing your baby, hCG levels drop and your nausea should ease.
Other hormones can contribute to nausea and sickness in pregnancy, such as oestrogen and possibly stress hormones, such as cortisol. Being low in certain nutrients, including vitamin B6, is another cause suggested by some experts.
Being sick is miserable, but as long as you are drinking plenty of fluids and not losing weight, your health and the wellbeing of your baby shouldn’t be affected. Hopefully, your morning sickness will subside between weeks fourteen and sixteen. For some women, however, it can continue for a little longer, and for an unfortunate few it can be throughout pregnancy.
In Chinese medicine we recommend either Ginger or fresh Mint to mothers suffering from morning sickness.
If you are feeling Hot you should try mint or peppermint which is of cold (yin) nature, and if you are feeling cold then its Ginger, as its a hot (yang) remedy.
There are 30 species of mint, but the two most commonly available are peppermint (more pungent with bright green leaves, purple stems and peppery flavor) and spearmint (gray-green leaves and milder flavor).
Mint may be suitable for you if:
You feel constantly hot and want to remove layers of clothing
Want cool drinks
Look hot and bothered and red-faced
Feel irritable and hot-tempered
Try sipping mint tea whenever you feel nauseated. Sugar-free peppermint sweets or chewing gum may also help. Peppermint or spearmint essential oil will not suit everyone, as the strong smell could make you feel more nauseous.
HOW TO SELECT
Mint and peppermint are available all year round, but summer is its height season from July to September. If you pick it from the garden or buy it fresh look for even-colored leaves.
HOW TO PREPARE
Place fresh mint leaves in a tea pot or glass, pour boiling water over the leaves and allow to brew for 3-5 minutes. You can also drink the tea after it has cooled.
Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing from Harley Street, London. Make an appointment for an Acupuncture or Herb treatment and we can discuss how we can help you, to read more about Eca click here.