So you’re pregnant… CONGRATULATIONS! And while you may enjoy the early weeks as you bask in the glow of your positive pregnancy test, some mamas are rudely assaulted by morning sickness, usually 6-8 weeks in and are desperate for a morning sickness remedy.
I definitely had my brush with morning sickness
I had mild morning sickness with my first child, and more intense symptoms with my second. And while I never threw up, I certainly had very queasy moments and a general YUCK feeling until about week 13.
I would have done anything to make it go away!
So I researched and tinkered with a recipe designed to give us the nutrients we need to help ease morning sickness.
(Note that this recipe would also work well for someone who is recovering from the flu, stomach bug, intense workout, a wild night out on the town, or just the doldrums to their morning breakfast routine.)
Here’s how to make a natural morning sickness remedy smoothie
Hopefully you have most of these ingredients handy!
Morning Sickness Remedy Ingredients & Amounts:
- 3/4 c. coconut water (I like this brand)
- 1/2 c. cooked oatmeal (preferably cooled)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1-2 TB almond butter
- 1 TB honey (here’s a crazy potent one)
- 1 inch peeled ginger root or 1/2 tsp. ginger powder
- Dash of sea salt (like this one)
Optional, extra-credit ingredients 🙂
Morning Sickness Remedy Directions:
- Chop your frozen banana into small pieces
- Put into blender and add all remaining ingredients
- Blend until smooth
- Pour into glass and drink slowly
Now here’s the science behind these morning sickness remedy ingredients
The Morning Sickness Remedy is made up of coconut water, banana, almonds, ginger, oatmeal, gelatin, and honey.
Let’s break down each ingredient, shall we?
Coconut water has the five electrolytes that your body needs: potassium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorous, and calcium (Gatorade has only two). Interesting to note, coconut water is so similar to our blood that it has been used intravenously when conventional IV fluids are unavailable. Morning sickness can sometimes be exacerbated by dehydration. Coconut water is the perfect antidote and serves as a powerful rehydrator.
Athletes love bananas because they’re packed with potassium – and that’s the same reason why they make a star appearance in our elixir. Bananas also contain a balanced mixture of fructose and glucose, which will help restore glycogen levels.
For centuries, people have used ginger to combat seasickness and nausea. So it’s a key player here. Ginger also aids in digestion and calms the stomach.
Apparently, Native Americans used almonds before drinking to prevent hangovers, so they may help keep morning sickness at bay too. Also, almonds are high in Vitamin E and fats that support the liver. They also have protein, which helps balance blood sugar and promotes satiety.
This breakfast staple contains plenty of nutrients and also helps neutralize acidity in the body. Oats are a complex carbohydrate that burn slowly in the body, so your blood sugar levels will stay stable.
Gelatin binds to water and helps food move through the digestive tract, improving digestion. It also coats and can heal the stomach and intestinal lining. Oh yes, it contains satisfying protein too.
Honey contains potassium, just like bananas. It also contains antibacterial properties and is full of enzymes, all of which will help you feel better in a hurry.
Sea salt is high in minerals, particularly sodium, which helps calm the nerves and reduce adrenaline levels.
Extra Credit: Bifidus Powder
Bifidus is a good bacteria that lives in our small intestine and helps with digestion. Bring it!
Morning sickness, you have met your match!
I hope this shake helps you make it through a few of those rough weeks. And have faith that it will get better! Check out these other natural morning sickness remedies too.
However, if symptoms persist or get really severe
Morning sickness can be a pain, and definitely throw a wet and nauseous towel over your day, but it usually not crippling. If your symptoms seem unusually severe, talk to your medical care provider. There’s a more serious condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum that sometimes requires more specialized treatment.
How about you?
Did you suffer from morning sickness? Which morning sickness remedy helped you feel better? Share with us in the comments below!