13 Dec 3 Steps to Morning Sickness Relief
Most mothers report that morning sickness was the most difficult part of their pregnancy. There is not much in the world that is worse than nausea and vomiting. It makes everything else you do difficult, since focusing is nearly impossible when you feel like you are going to lose your lunch. So it’s no wonder expecting moms want to how to find relief!
The fact of the matter is that morning sickness does not have to be a mainstay of your pregnancy. Morning sickness relief is possible. And as with any health condition, in order to resolve it you first need to understand where it is originating from.
What Causes Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is essentially liver toxicity. Three things happen in your body when you are pregnant that send the liver into overdrive:
1. While pregnant the body produces 300 times higher levels of the hormone estrogen than normal. The liver is responsible for the uptake of estrogen.
2. The second stress on your liver comes from the secretion of the hormone human cortico gonadatrophin (HCG). You have likely heard of an HGC pregnancy test- they are the most reliable means of detecting a pregnancy early and also tell you how healthy your pregnancy is. HCG must also be processed by the liver.
3. As your fertilized egg implants into the lining of your uterus and your placenta forms, debris and toxins are released. Your liver is responsible for processing these toxins.
As you can tell, pregnancy is hard work on the liver! And when your liver is overworked, that stress trickles down to the pancreas, which also becomes stressed. When these two organs are kicked into overdrive during pregnancy, that’s what creates the morning sickness symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and indigestion.
Morning Sickness Relief in 3 Steps
Change your diet. This is a tough one for pregnant moms because your rising hormone levels and the growing baby in your stomach are likely increasing your cravings and appetite. Foods that are high in fat or sugar and dairy products are the hardest on the liver. Limiting these products will help lowering the level of stress on on the liver and prevent further liver congestion.
Drink raw apple cider vinegar. Raw apple cider vinegar naturally cleanses the liver and will assist the organ in processing the toxins and hormones that are plentiful during pregnancy. Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits, including producing good bacteria in the stomach and promoting alkalinity. It is high in potassium and helps to regulate blood sugar levels in the body- something that is especially important if you’re pregnant.
Chiropractic care. Going to see your chiropractor might seem like a strange response to morning sickness. But the truth is that the back pain associated with pregnancy is actually directly related to the morning sickness you are experiencing. Here’s how:
Loose Ligaments and Back Pain Lead to Morning Sickness
When you’re pregnant, it’s more than just your physical appearance that changes. Along with the above mentioned hormones that can wreak havoc on your liver, your body also releases hormones to loosen ligaments in preparation for the birthing process. Without these hormones, the pelvis would never be able to loosen enough to give birth. The combination of relaxing ligaments and a growing belly means that your center of gravity is constantly changing over the course of your pregnancy. This is a recipe for spinal dislocations- called subluxations- that can cause middle and lower back pain and contribute to morning sickness
Natural and Effective Morning Sickness Relief
Chiropractic care may seem like a natural fit for relieving back pain during pregnancy but it is also the most reliable and natural road to morning sickness relief. It is almost a guarantee that during your pregnancy you will experience minor dislocations in the lower and middle back. When your middle back has subluxations, it directly affects your liver. And it is in this way that your back pain is actually connected to your morning sickness
The Central Nervous System, The Liver & The Spine
Your central nervous system runs through your spine. Whenever a vertebrae is out of place it, puts pressure on the spinal nerve and blocks vital central nervous system communication. When this occurs in the middle spine, it leads to reduced function of the liver. Just when a pregnant woman needs her liver to be functioning at 100% prevent morning sickness, it is likely under-performing due to subluxations in the spine.
Many women experience complete relief of morning sickness when they receive chiropractic adjustments 1-3 times a week. Chiropractic plays a dynamic role (link other pregnancy blog from before) in relieving pain during pregnancy, ensuring that your baby has ample room to grow, assisting in giving birth naturally, and helping both baby and mama successfully breastfeed. Though chiropractic care and morning sickness may seem like an odd couple, they are actually a perfect match: both highly effective and absolutely natural.