Morning Sickness Remedies

| Modified on Nov 15, 2022

Treatment of morning sickness takes a variety of forms including dietary changes, regulation of sleeping and eating cycles and the addition of certain supplements and herbs to the diet. In any case, natural herbal remedies are often the best option and provide care for a balanced healthy as well as morning sickness treatment

What is Morning Sickness?

Morning sickness is defined as nausea and vomiting that occurs anytime throughout the day during pregnancy. The condition typically begins during the first month of pregnancy and continues into the third or fourth month. The specific cause of morning sickness is unknown, but it is likely tied to hormone changes as well as blood sugar drops experienced early in pregnancy. Stress, fatigue, traveling and specific foods can contribute to morning sickness as well.

Natural Cures for Nausea during Pregnancy

Typically considered a result of hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, treating morning sickness typically involves settling the stomach to offer relief. Several calming options are available; however, three of the most effective include ginger, lemon juice and red raspberry leaf tea


A popular and time-tested spice and herbal remedy, ginger has been used for years as a remedy for stomach upset, diarrhea and nausea. Ginger is comprised of powerful oils and compounds – gingerols and shogaols – that innately calm the stomach and digestive system. One gram of ginger daily is often enough to curb both nausea and vomiting in pregnant women.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is another particularly effective nausea treatment. Lemons contain specific neutralizing acids that generate bicarbonates in the stomach, in turn relieving nausea caused by a number of conditions. Lemon juice can be added in tea or taken directly from the lemon itself.

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

A supplement that is healthful for pregnancies in a variety of ways, it also helps treat nausea. Red raspberry is filled with an assortment of vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A and vitamin B complex. The array of minerals support the body’s functioning and balance the necessary nutrients needed in the pregnant body to deter illness.

Morning sickness is a common condition that involves unpleasant symptoms, particularly nausea and vomiting. When treated with natural methods; however, the condition can largely be avoided.

Ginger for Pregnancy Nausea

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Posted by Brigitte (Houston, Texas) on 01/11/2008

Please, note that I speak from experience. Nothing works better than eating several small yet healthy meals and taking ginger supplements or eating ginger snaps for alleviating the nausea that comes with the early stages of pregnancy. Usually by your fourth month you will no longer need to bother with this as the nausea becomes less over powering. Note that the olfactory senses in a pregnant woman are keenly acute and it would also be of great assistance to bring a handkerchief lightly dowsed with baby powder or some other light fragerance that is easily tolerated by the expecting mother for times when an unpleasant odor sneaks up on you.

Replied by Sharron
(Atlanta, GA)

550 mg Ginger Root capsules have staved off my continual bouts with nausea and vomiting during my current pregnancy. I'm 22 weeks along and I still take one every morning & freely throughout the day at the first sign of queasiness. It works really fast -- within 5-10 minutes usually.

I wish I'd known about this remedy during my first pregnancy. It was so bad I couldn't stand to look at water without vomiting all the time. Ginger Beer helped during that pregnancy (its a stronger brew than ginger ale). But sometimes I was too sick to drink and hold it down. I wish I'd known about these ginger capsules and/or fresh ginger then. Hope this helps someone.

Also, I wonder whether ginger is the reason I've only gained like 6 lbs so far? I snack all day long rather than eating at normal mealtimes & I'm also still nursing my 1 year old. Between these three factors, I haven't gained nearly as much weight as I'd gained with the last pregnancy at this point. Anyway, cheers to GINGER!!

Replied by Sarah
(San Diego, Ca, Usa)

Ginger worked wonders for me as well. Ginger tea, Reeds extra ginger beer, and ginger chews... Also Mint tea is a great way to relieve morning(or all the time! ) sickness. I carried mint tea bags with me anytime I was out and about... Just take a good strong sniff of the tea bag anytime something makes you feel sick!

Lemon Juice, Raw Ginger

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Posted by Thelena (Utretcht, The Netherlands) on 07/27/2009

i have tried drinking lemon juice with honey as a tea and eaten raw ginger for morning sickness and i haven't noticed a change the whole day that i have tried all these remmedies is there something else i could take. help

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(Southern California)
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Wine or apple cider vinegar may help if your nausea is caused by a bacterial infection.


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Posted by C (Co) on 08/01/2017

Back in early 2016, I was looking into molybdenum and noticed that a regional diet study had found lower morning sickness in areas where the diets were high in legumes and whole grains, which happen to be the best commonly-eaten food sources of molybdenum (element #42). The grains that are high in molybdenum are oats and barley, not wheat, which would explain why this connection hasn't been made before. Molybdenum is used by five known enzymes in the body, one of which is sulfite oxidase. Sulfite oxidase, which converts sulfite to sulfate, catalyzes the final step in the process of breaking down endogenous (made in the body) hydrogen sulfide all the way down to sulfate (which is recycled or excreted in urine). Sulfites are known for making people sick, including with nausea, and recent research into hydrogen sulfide has found that it's important to angiogenesis (making new blood vessels from existing ones, so very important when the placenta is being formed) and keeping the uterine muscles from contracting. It looks as though morning sickness might be partly a result of excessive sulfite in our bodies due to not being able to break it down fast enough. Foods that interfere with sulfite oxidase (sulfites and nitrites, especially) do seem to be common triggers for nausea in morning sickness and motion sickness.

So to apply this to morning sickness, eat more legumes/liver/cream/barley/oats/nuts and avoid sulfites (all over the place in processed foods) and nitrites. If you want to try taking molybdenum as a supplement, talk to your OB/GYN first because pregnancy is no time to experiment with large, chronic doses of anything.

Replied by Whisperingsage
(Northeastern California)
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Molybdenum is a trace mineral and should never even be found in a large dose. The Linus pauling institute recommends 45 mcg. 50 mcg for pregnancy.

Peppermint Tea

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Posted by Mama to Many (TN) on 11/14/2022

My daughter has dealt with severe morning sickness. Now that she is 16 weeks pregnant her symptoms are improving but not gone. Over the weekend she had a cold and had some peppermint tea and found that it got rid of her nausea. She continues to find it helpful. She does add some honey or sugar and milk to it.

Peppermint tea is wonderful for nausea from other causes, too! Plus, it is delicious. I have been drinking Twinings Buttermint Tea with almond or oat milk and a bit of stevia for a while, especially on chilly nights.

~Mama to Many~


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Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 09/10/2020

While I am on the subject of potatoes, I learned recently that potatoes are a remedy for morning sickness! Somehow I never heard of this when I was having my babies, but my daughter in law is dealing with morning sickness and a mutual friend suggested potatoes. She said her midwife told her about them. She said she often ate a baked potato for breakfast in pregnancy. My daugther in law has found this to be helpful.

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. A baked potato is often a first food that I offer to a child who has been sick. It goes down easily and provides some calories and nutrients without being too heavy.

My favorite way to prepare potatoes, if I want something a little more fancy than a baked potato, is to cube the potatoes and toss with olive oil and salt and pepper and bake at 400 till they are beginning to crisp on the outside but are still soft on the inside. When I make these, no matter how many I make, they all get eaten. (And make amazing leftovers for breakfast with some eggs. :)) I am going to make some for my daughter in law tomorrow evening.

Protein and B6

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Posted by Em (Milwaukee, WI) on 01/03/2022

For morning sickness:

Up your protein and B vitamins (specifically B6)

Made a big difference for me, I started with protein shakes and fruit juices then moved to foods, if you're having trouble eating.

Red Raspberry Leaf

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Posted by Toni (Oregon) on 02/21/2016

Red Raspberry Leaf:

From experience this is the absolute best remedy for morning sickness, but I'll put a spin on it. I couldn't drink the tea because the smell made me sick. I got violently sick with each of my pregnancies. Tried everything from crackers to B12 shots and nothing worked.

A friend recommended red-raspberry leave capsules. You must get them with just red raspberry, no mixture (often mixed with rose hips).

Take two three times a day. Gets rid of 80% of morning sickness. After the first three months, reduce dose to two one time a day throughout pregnancy to strengthen uterus. Makes labor and recovery much easier.

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(Nampa, Id)

This is not an accurate statement. Red raspberry leaf is perfectly safe throughout all stages of pregnancy. It is a very nourishing plant. Made as an infusion (1 quart boiled water poured over a handful of leaves, covered, and steeped at least 4 hours) will provide a highly nutritious drink. Red raspberry is well known for nourishing the uterus and preparing mother for giving birth.

I used red raspberry leaf throughout all 4 of my pregnancies. I gave birth to all of my babies naturally without the use of any medications, epidurals, or other interventions. All of my labors were quick. And I attribute that in part to taking the infusions daily throughout my pregnancies. I am currently pregnant with #5. I made a blend of dried herbs / leaves that I ordered from Mountain Rose Herbs. Approximately 30% red raspberry leaf, 25% nettle leaf, 20% oatstraw, 10% dandelion leaf, 5% alfalfa leaf, 5% chamomile, 5% peppermint leaf.

For more info, I recommend starting with Susun Weed and

Replied by Mama To Many

Hi Marnie,

I agree with you. I have used Red Raspberry Leaf in pregnancy and many midwives recommend it to shorten labors. (If used faithfully during the last trimester.)

Your herb blend sounds great. I used Red Raspberry and Nettle in a tea at my house very often.

Thanks for taking time to clarify.

~Mama to Many~

Red Raspberry Leaf
Posted by Tan Koon Peng (Singapore) on 06/27/2008

Red raspberry leaf tea has been used for thousands of years and has earned the reputation of being the "supreme" herb for pregnant women. It can relieve almost any discomfort of pregnancy from morning sickness to leg cramps. It has also been shown to strengthen & tone the uterine wall and help to make delivery easier and speedier by helping the uterus contract more efficiently and helps expel the placenta after.

Red Raspberry Tea have help many mothers relieved labor pain by a great deal and prevent miscarriage successfully.It have even helped a woman who had four miscarriages had 2 baby in 3 years in a row.She drank this tea daily and become a mother for the first time.

Historically women have taken raspberry leaf tea throughout their pregnancies up to and including childbirth. You may choose to drink raspberry tea during your pregnancy but add more red raspberry leaves to your drink in your final month of pregnancy. This would be great for drinking during labour & right after.

Raspberry leaf tea has traditionally been used as a woman's herb to control heavy menstrual bleeding, reduce the risk of miscarriage, and promote a healthy pregnancy. A folk remedy for minor mouth sores is to gargle with raspberry leaf tea. The Chinese traditionally used raspberry leaves for diarrhea, stomach ailments, muscle pain, and other conditions. Raspberry has also been recognized as a topical remedy for use on burns and wounds.

Red Raspberry seems to help prevent morning sickness, tone uterine muscles, reduce pain during labor, and ease childbirth. Along with blackberry, raspberry is recognized to be rich in astringent tannins that can have a beneficial effect on diarrhea. Raspberry may also help to prevent or treat: common cold and flu,sore throat,bleeding gums.

Raspberry leaf has a rich concentration of vitamin C, E, A & the B complexes. It also contains calcium & iron in one of its most absorbable forms. These are all nutrients which are very important during pregnancy.

Raspberry juice was one of twenty vegetable and fruit juices tested that showed antimutagenic activity against benzo[a]pyrene, which is a mutagen and carcinogen.
Researchers in Mexico found that ellagic acid, a phenolic compound that occurs naturally in raspberries, inhibited the mutagenicity of a strain of aflatoxin.

Raspberry Leaf: Used to restore a hormonal balance, nourish the uterus, and prevents pregnancy complications. Contains vitamins and minerals including vitamin c and calcium. The alkaloid fragrine helps tone the uterus and muscles of the pelvic region. A powerful fertility-promoting herb.

Raspberry heals the lower body organs and pelvic muscles, which helps to ease difficulties associated with uterine disorders. Also relieves tension and strengthens kidneys and urinary tract.

Scientists found that raspberry contains the alkaloid fragrine, which may relax certain pelvic muscles and promote uterine health. Ellagic acid, which also occurs in strawberries, grapes, and black currants, has antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic properties. Raspberry also contains flavonoids including quercetin; tannins; polypeptides; and vitamin C, calcium, and other nutrients.Red Raspberry also promotes healthy nails, bones, teeth, and skin.

To make a tea, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb and steep for ten minutes. Strain.

During the first trimesters, drink 1 cup per day. During second trimester, drink 2 to 3 cups per day. In the final trimester, drink 4 to 5 cups per day. Using a teaball would be useful. You can also drink it HOT for better results.

Please store the dried tea in an airtight container in the freezer to keep the herbs dry and fresh.

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(Cedar Rapids, IA, USA)


I drank raspberry leaf tea religiously for the second half of my pregnancy. I usually had 3-4 cups throughout the day. I drank it to promote a speedier and more efficient labor as well as for the health benefits. Well, I'm not sure if it was the tea, or if it was because it was my second pregnancy, but the labor only lasted two hours. I was not even in the hospital a complete hour before my child was born!

I heard that drinking this tea can cause extrememly painful contractions, which I had. I also went from thinking that "This just might be it" to "Oh my! We need to leave now!!!" in a matter of minutes. No joke. It went so fast I did not get any drugs, which I was going to try to do without anyway, but regretted not getting at the time. It was almost like I just about skipped labor and went straight to delivery, at least that was what it felt like.

There really was no progression of pain. I was terrified because the contractions were so horrible that I was afraid that they were going to get worse as it went along, but it didn't. Even at the end the pain never got worse, it was just extremely intense the WHOLE time. After delivery, I was also in extreme pain, which still felt like labor, for quite some time afterwards until they gave me a pain killer. I didn't even get to hold my baby for the first half hour. The nurses did say that is pretty normal for a second labor especially when you have no drugs, you feel it more.

I wanted it to go fast, but not so fast I couldn't wrap my head around it. It was really quite dramatic! Again, I'm not sure if it was from the tea, or if it would have been like that normally. I do know I ignored the warnings about severe contractions because I thought faster was better.

It took a little longer to heal. I think because going that fast is harder on your body?? One good thing though, I only had one tiny little tear that didn't even need to be stiched, which I was quite amazed about.

Red Wine Vinegar

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Posted by Cclln (France) on 01/13/2015

I've had horrible morning sickness for about 8 weeks now. I'm at week 14, pregnant with twins, and the doctors keep saying that it's just hormones and will get better. Funny enough, from week 13-14, it only got worse. I've only vomited a few times, but I have severe nausea all day and dry heaving about once an hour. It's gotten so bad that it wakes me in my sleep. I've tried everything from eating small meals, eating crackers, lemon, ginger, drinking lots of water, and 3 types of anti-nausea homeopathic treatments and none of them worked at all.

Last night, after waking from the nausea and dry heaving, I decided to look online for natural remedies I haven't tried and came across some studies linking morning sickness with a bacterial infection called H. Pylori. It said that antibiotics and colloidal silver work in getting rid of it, and probiotics such as kimchi, kombucha and vinegar work, too. I'm not sure if I actually have h. pylori, I've never been tested for it, but I thought since I have homemade red wine vinegar at home, I might as well try it out as a treatment for my nausea.

I added one tablespoon to a glass of water and drank it and 30 minutes later, the nausea subsided, and now it's been half a day, and still no nausea. They say, apple cider vinegar works well, too.

I'm ecstatic to have found something to help me function like a normal person again and happy to share this with other morning sickness sufferers.