Nausea afflicts the majority of women during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, this is also the precise period in which drug therapy is most worrisome, due to the extreme vulnerability of the fetus at that time. For this reason, conventional medicine has to some extent welcomed alternative medicine’s quest for safe, natural treatment options.
Principal Proposed Natural Treatments
For natural treatments relevant to other aspects of pregnancy, see the articles on Pregnancy Support , Breastfeeding Support , Preeclampsia , and Herbs and Supplements to Avoid in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding .
Vitamin B 6
At this dose (30 mg daily), vitamin B 6 is believed to be entirely safe. For more information, including dosage and safety issues, see the full Vitamin B 6 article.
For more information, including dosage and safety issues, see the full article on Ginger .
Acupuncture and Acupressure
Several studies have evaluated the potential benefits for morning sickness of treatment on a single acupuncture point—P6—traditionally thought to be effective for relief of nausea and vomiting. This point is located on the inside of the forearm, about 2 inches above the wrist crease. Most positive trials have investigated the effects of pressure on this point (acupressure), rather than needling. The most common means used involve a wristband with a pearl-sized bead in it, situated over P6. It exerts pressure by itself while it is worn, and the user can also press on it for extra stimulation.
For more information, including safety issues, see the full Acupuncture article.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -