The moment you have been waiting for is finally here, your pregnant! Congratulations!

However you may well be reading this because the sheer delight you felt when your saw those two little blue lines has now been taken over by the horrendous feeling of nausea, vomiting and possibly the inability to keep even water down. 

There are a number of things you can do to help if you find yourself in this situation.

Acupuncture For Morning Sickness

There is good clinical evidence from more than 40 randomised controlled trials that acupuncture for morning sickness has some effect in preventing or reduce the effect of nausea and vomiting. Experimental studies showed effects of P6-stimulation on gastric myo-electrical activity, vagal modulation and cerebella vestibular activities in functional MRI testing.

Acupressure For Morning Sickness

Using Sea Band Mama to apply pressure on P6, one of the main acupuncture points used to treat nausea and vomiting in acupuncture can be a helpful either as stand alone treatment or as adjunctive to a course of acupuncture.  Positioning is extremely important as if it is out of slightly it is less likely to be effective.

Alter your temperature

Cold All The Time?

If you are feeling chilly most of the time, very tired and when you drink cold drinks or uncooked/cold food you feel much worse, from a TCM point of view, your nausea and vomiting you may be due to Cold in the Stomach.  

TCM principles recommend only eating warm cooked foods. Therefore try porridge, casseroles and sipping on soup throughout the day.  Include spices and ginger in food. Drink only warm or room temperature liquids including ginger and cinnamon tea.

In addition wear a Haramaki, (Hara – Japanese for stomach, Maki – Japanese for linen) a piece of material that covers your abdomen and lower back.  It will help keep you lovely and warm.

Feeling hot and bothered?

If you are feeling warm most of the time, having hots sweats and maybe insomnia and especially if spicy food or ginger makes you feel worse, from a TCM point of view, your nausea and vomiting may be due to Heat in the Stomach.  

TCM principles recommend eating only bland cooked foods, exclude spices, onions, garlic and ginger completely. Drink room temperature drinks and include peppermint tea at it has a cooling effect on the stomach energy.


Try to plan to have a rest in the afternoon.  I know this may be difficult especially if you’ve got a little one that requires entertaining however during this time plan to watch a DVD with them and allow yourself to have 40 winks.

Increase Magnesium intake 

According to Beautiful Babies by Kristen Michaelis, when you’re lacking magnesium, it can cause cortisol, the stress hormone, to elevate. That elevation causes a blood sugar spike, which prompts insulin release, which causes a blood sugar drop. The result? Nausea and vomiting.

Increasing magnesium rich foods such as leafy green vegetables could help however if you are struggling to keep food down the best way to get optimum levels of magnesium into your body is by absorbing it through your skin.

Therefore enjoy a soak in a cool bath (hot baths can harm the embryo) with magnesium oil

Altnatively spray magnesium oil directly to your skin


To further reduce stress and the ensuing cortisol/blood sugar reaction listen to a relaxing meditation as much as possible

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By Amanda Farrar, Abintra Healing From Within – Harrogate Acupuncture Clinic