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Morning Sickness

(Hyperemesis Gravidarum)


Definition | Symptoms | Treatment
Herbs | Recommendations | Cautions | Bibliography


The nausea and vomiting that affect some women during the first few months of pregnancy, particularly in the morning.
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Nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, and exhaustion may be experienced. All the symptoms may clear up after the third month of pregnancy. Symptoms usually occur about the 5th or 6th week and symptoms vary from simple morning sickness to pernicious vomiting. Usually clears up without treatment within 1-3 weeks. Occurs in about 50% of pregnancies.
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Dietary management will help in most cases. Frequent small feedings of bland foods such as crackers, broths, and clear soups will be beneficial. If the sickness persists, consult the doctor. Antinausea medicine suitable for use during pregnancy is usually effective.
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  • Anise
  • Asparagus
  • Barley
  • Basil
  • Caraway
  • Chamomile, German or Roman
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Clove
  • Colombo
  • Flag, blue
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Horehound, black
  • Jujube dates
  • Lemon juice
  • Licorice
  • Lobelia
  • Melilot, yellow
  • Peach leaves
  • Peony root
  • Peppermint
  • Raspberry, red leaves (wild)
  • Sage
  • Savory
  • Spearmint
  • Steeplebush (hardhack)
  • Woodruff
  • Yam, wild
  • Yarrow

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Do not go without eating or drinking because of the nausea. Mothers suffering from morning sickness should eat small, frequent meals and snack on whole grain crackers with nut butters or cheese. These crackers or whole wheat toast can be kept near the bed and eaten before arising. In addition, during this tie the mother should take 50 mg. of vitamin B6 every 4 hours, and in the morning take 400 mg. of magnesium. However, she should not take these supplements over an excessively long period of time.
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The use of any drug during pregnancy should be carefully monitored by a doctor due to possible damage to the fetus.
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Buy It! Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

Buy It! The Complete Medicinal Herbal, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

Buy It! Planetary Herbology, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

Buy It! Secrets of the Chinese Herbalists, by Richard Lucas, Parker Publishing Company, Inc., West Nyack, NY, 1987.

Buy It! Indian Herbalogy of North America, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

Buy It! Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible, by Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., Simon & Schuster/Fireside, Rockefeller Center 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020

Buy It!The Magic of Herbs, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

Buy It! The Herb Book, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

Buy It! Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements, by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., Avery Publishing Group, Inc., Garden City Park, NY

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