I am having my third child and when I was carrying the other two I had dreadful morning sickness, the doctor insists it will pass and is not willing to give me anything for it, can you suggest anything?

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Morning Sickness

I am having my third child and when I was carrying the other two I had dreadful morning sickness, the doctor insists it will pass and is not willing to give me anything for it, can you suggest anything?

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We all remember the 60's tragedy with the morning sickness pill - thalidomide, where women who were on it gave birth to children with stunted limbs, so I can understand why your doctor is reluctant to prescribe any medication.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is some thought that mothers who have a toxic system, where their liver is "stressed" or overburdened will suffer with morning sickness more so than those whose liver is functioning more effectively.

It is not safe to do a liver cleanse now you are pregnant but you will be able to do so before you conceive again.

Safe herbal remedies for pregnancy

Ginger is by far the best known herbal remedy used to combat nausea and motion sickness and is great at dealing with morning sickness too. I suggest you buy the candied ginger root and chew on a small piece, you do not need to eat much in order to find some relief. It is also worth checking that you are not constipated as this too can lead to feelings of nausea.

Red raspberry leaves will help strengthen the reproductive organs in both men and women. Red raspberry also prevents miscarriage, and it is referred to as an anti-abortifactent.

It can be used as a remedy against morning sickness but it is a beneficial herb to take after the birth too, as it helps tone the uterus ands regulates the hormones.

If you are considering using this or any other herb during pregnancy please be sure to consult a qualified, registered practitioner.

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