The world rejoiced when Clarence House announced that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her second child, but unfortunately for Kate she is once again suffering from severe morning sickness.
The condition, hyperemesis gravidarum, made the early stages of her first pregnancy with Prince George so troublesome that Kate was admitted to hospital.
Characterised by prolonged and severe nausea and vomiting among other symptoms, hyperemesis gravidarum is considered to be worse than regular morning sickness, but it can be treated using similar medical interventions.
Significantly, many pregnant women experiencing severe morning sickness are also encouraged to try alternative and complementary therapies to help ease symptoms of nausea. Below we explore some of the most helpful.
This traditional Chinese healing method can help to relieve nausea through the application of pressure to specific meridian points on the wrists. Self-help techniques can be learned so that women with morning sickness can apply pressure to these points whenever they experience a wave of nausea.
Healing herbs such as peppermint and ginger are considered highly effective for helping to alleviate symptoms of morning sickness. Ginger is particularly useful for women who are naturally very cold and need warming up. This is because it is a hot (yang) Chinese remedy designed to soothe using warmth. Try making a tea from two teaspoons of grated root ginger and sip it through the day to help ease nausea.
Alternatively, pregnant women who feel constantly hot and irritable may benefit more from taking peppermint. This herb is a cold (yin) Chinese remedy designed to soothe using cooling properties. You can have peppermint in tea or suck on mints whenever feelings of nausea occur.
For some pregnant women, essential oils can help to relax them through long periods of morning sickness. Lime, lemon, peppermint, mandarin, lavender and spearmint are considered to be the most effective for helping to relieve nausea as they settle the digestive system and soothe tension. It’s up to you how you use essential oils, but you may benefit from a session with a qualified aromatherapist who can teach you the best techniques.
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