You've heard of all the usual morning sickness remedies—eating crackers, drinking ginger tea, eating small meals. But if you're still feeling pukey and looking for something else to quell your nausea, try these unusual pregnancy morning sickness cures!
- Smelly hankies! If random smells (like food-court fries) make you positively puke-ish when you've got a bun in the oven, try shoving your nose in a nice smelling hanky. Put lemon extract or lavender oil on a handkerchief in your purse. When you're overcome by an odor, mask it by breathing into the handkerchief. Yes, it's a little Southern belle, but "I do declare" it's more ladylike than retching over a trash can at the mall. And it'll keep you from puking on your shoes ... always a plus!
- Salt! We've all heard that crackers like saltines can keep the queazies away, but there's a theory out there that it's actually the salt and not the cracker that makes you feel better. The theory goes like this: Pregnant ladies have more saliva. Saliva makes you gag and therefore puke. Salt soaks up saliva. Therefore, salt cures pregnancy morning sickness. Hey, it's a stretch, but we'll try anything!
- Wrist bands! Before Lance Armstrong made wrist bands cool with his Live Strong bracelets, Chinese doctors were using them to cure pregnancy morning sickness. Apparently acupressure wrist bands, like those worn for seasickness, stimulate the Pericardium 6 (or P6) point which can make you feel less pukey.
- Meditate! Experts say stress is a contributor to pregnancy morning sickness. So try relaxation techniques like meditation to keep your head out of the toilet. Apparently it's not as easy to feel queasy if you're all zenned out!
- Maalox! If morning sickness keeps bringing your food back up for a repeat appearance, try this morning sickness remedy: take a swig of Maalox after eating. Not only will it soothe those burning sensations in your throat, but the pleasant (OK, let's say neutral) flavor also will eliminate the dreaded "Chimichanga Deja Vu."