Nausea or vomiting generally starts around the fourth to sixth week and lasts, in most women who suffer it, until around weeks 14 to 16.
It can make you feel terrible, but is only a serious problem when the prolonged nausea causes an inability to eat properly or frequent vomiting carries a risk of dehydration - in which case you should consult your practitioner.
There is no clear cause of nausea or vomiting, but here are some of the theories about it. One or more of them may have a bearing on your nausea.
During the first 12-14 weeks of pregnancy, the hormones are mostly produced in the corpus luteum of the ovaries. After this time the placenta largely takes over, which may explain why most women feel better after this stage. Som researchers believe nausea or vomiting to be a positive sign that the body contains levels of hormones higher than the necessary to maintain the pregnancy. Women who vomit during pregnancy have been shown to have a lower rate of miscarriages, stillbirths and premature delivery than those who do not.
The herbal medicine for nausea and vomiting are as wide and varied as the different theories associated with the symptoms. it is useful to assess which theory is most applicable to you, but if that is not clear, you can find your remedy through trial and error of those on offer. What helps one woman to relieve her sickness may not always work for another, and you may want to chop and change your remedies.
It is probably most simple to prepare teas of the suggested herbs, either singly or blended together to create pleasing tastes. You may want to drink the tea by the capful three to six times daily, or it may suit you better to take sips every few minutes when the nausea arises. Lemon balm, lemon verbana, peppermint and lavender make delicious tasting teas plesant tastes. Tinctures of the herbs can also be used, especially for bitter herbs, as only small amounts need to be taken at a time. You can take up to about 15ml through the day, as drops on or under the tongue as required. Use three to five drops at a time. Many of the herbs which aid digestion and relieve nausea are also relaxing or mildly sensitive.
These herbs are useful for nausea which may be accompanied by anxiety and tension:
Some herbs contain a strong component ofg volatile oil. These include:
Others contain bitters
All of these act to stimulate and enhance the function of the digestive tract andf liver; they are useful where nausea is related to weak digestion or a liver imbalance.
Many are familiar with the strong aromatic taste and flavour the volatile oils lend to ginger and cinnamon - these can be ground to a powder or chopped finely and taken as teas, or added to cooking. You can also chew cinnamon sticks or pieces of crystallized ginger. Ginger beer is a most effective and refreshing drink, and ginger in various forms is recommended by midwives and health visitors for the relief it offers in nausea of all kinds - including motion sickness.