You just received the most exciting news! You are pregnant. An instant feeling of joy and appreciation floods through your body… but there might be something else, spoiling those first few months after receiving the good news:
Many women experience nausea and/or vomiting in the first Trimester. The expression “morning sickness” is vastly misleading, since this uncomfortable sensation can occur any time of the day. Even though it’s true that many women overcome the nausea within the first few months, some are not so fortunate. There are a few natural remedies that are completely safe for your growing baby and for you.
Ginger Root (Rhizoma Zingiberis Officinalis) and Grapefruit Peel Tea
3 times ¼ inch slice of fresh organic Ginger root (you can buy it at Whole Foods)
1 Tsp dry Grapefruit Peel/Orange Peel (you can buy it at Whole Foods)
1 cup of hot water
Poke holes into each ginger slice with a knife. Pour hot water over ginger slices and grapefruit peel, cover the cup and let it steep for at least 10 minutes. Please drink this tea hot, warm or room temperature only. If it tastes too spicy, you can add some hot water and/or stir in a small amount of honey. No artificial sweetener please!
The ginger – grapefruit tea will help with your nausea but also strengthen your immune system. After drinking it you will feel energized. Please limit consumption to 1-2 cups per day. This tea is extremely nourishing for post partum fatigue and nausea as well.
Caution! Please do not drink if you have high blood pressure!
Peppermint (Herba Menthae Haplocalysis) Tea
This tea can be made from fresh or dried peppermint leaves. Either way is fine! If you use dry tea, make sure the leaves smell fragrant and are of a greenish color.
Comment! In Chinese herbal medicine peppermint is listed with a caution during breast feeding. It has been found that it can inhibit lactation. So whenever you are ready to stop nursing start drinking peppermint tea again. It is completely safe during pregnancy, you can drink as much as you like.
Of course you can combine the Ginger Tea with the Peppermint Tea. It’s quite delicious and hopefully will ease the nausea.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of acupuncture and chinese medicine during pregnancy, please call us for a free 15 minute consultation.
Avicenna Acupuncture phone # 303 803 0675
Petra Schalk L.Ac