by Lauren Feder, MD
Q: I am currently pregnant and have tried countless over-the-counter remedies for nausea. I don’t like the idea of using chemicals and although I have tried ginger, it simply doesn’t work for me. Is there anything else to take that is effective in treating morning sickness and safe for pregnancy?
A: For many women, being pregnant is a major life changing experience. To add to this, feelngs of queasiness, nausea or vomiting can impact a woman for the first trimester and sometimes lasting up to several months thereafter. Fortunately homeopathy has many remedies that could be of great help during this time. The following is a partial list of some of the more commonly used remedies for nausea and vomtiing during pregnancy. I believe it is always best to consult a homeopathic practitioner for relief.
Pulsatilla – This remedy is good for morning sickness if you feel worse in the late afternoon/evening and after eating rich foods. You may also lack thirst, have an aversion to fats, spicy, rich foods (may also crave rich foods). Other conditions: common cold/cough remedy.
Sepia – For morning sickness/nausea that is worse in the morning. You get nauseous at the smell and sight of food and are sensitive to odors, perfumes. You also may crave vinegar, pickles, sour foods. Other conditions: PMS, vaginitis, cystitis, genital herpes, painful intercourse, varicose veins, hemorrhoids.
Ipecacuanha – This remedy is helpful for persistent, constant nausea with no relief from vomiting. You may have increased saliva, lasting all day. Your mood is irritable and you feel worse lying down.
Nux Vomica – This remedy is good when vomiting relieves your symptoms. You may also have vomiting with retching. Your nausea is worse in the morning and your mood is irritable, angry and touchy.
Lauren Feder, M.D. specializes in homeopathy, pediatrics and primary care medicine. Known for her holistically minded approach and combining the ‘best of both worlds,’ Dr. Feder is a frequent lecturer for parents and professionals and is the author of Natural Baby and Childcare and The Parents’ Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations. DrFeder.com is your resource on homeopathy, holistic medicine and natural parenting information.