Fergie's All-Natural Morning Sickness Remedy
Even Fergie deals with nausea during her pregnancy. Find out more about the homoeopathic method she's using to win the battle against morning sickness
On pins and needles waiting to find out more news about singer Fergie’s pregnancy with actor hubby Josh Duhamel? Turns out, Fergie is, too—literally. After tweeting in February, “Josh & Me & BABY makes three!!! #mylovelybabybump,” the Black Eyed Pea recently appeared on Good Morning America and divulged a bit more about her pregnancy, including the fact that she’s using acupuncture to help with the early pregnancy woe of morning sickness.
“I’ve been doing acupuncture, which really helps with that [morning sickness], and Chinese herbs,” the 37-year-old singer, born Stacy Ann Ferguson, tells the morning news show.
How can acupuncture help? According to Sherrie Matthews, L.Ac., an acupuncturist at Ona Spa in Los Angeles, acupuncture, as a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), unblocks “stagnation” and energy imbalances in the body by stimulating “[certain] points running along dozens of energy pathways (meridians) transversing the body.” Inserting needles at acupuncture points thought related to vomiting and nausea may offer relief, she explains.
This may sound like nothing you’ve ever experienced at your doctor’s office, but don’t dismiss acupuncture as just another folk remedy. Several studies conducted by Western medicine back up the effectiveness of using acupuncture for morning sickness—and a growing number of conventional doctors are becoming “medical acupuncturists,” meaning they incorporate acupuncture right along with their standard treatments. If you look closely at all those initials following doctors’ names, you may just find an OB/GYN who is also a L.Ac., which stands for licensed acupuncturist.
You can even give acupuncture a try on your own. According to Matthews, “there is an acupuncture point about 3 inches above the inner wrist between the two tendons that relieves nausea. Press on this area when feeling nauseous.”
What else helps? Because morning sickness is considered to be part of a “dampness” imbalance in the body, Matthews says it can improve the effectiveness of acupuncture to cut down on greasy or raw cold foods and sugar—all foods that can increase dampness. “Drinking ginger tea will also reduce nausea,” she recommends. If you want to see an acupuncturist in person, Matthews says it typically takes a few visits to see results.
Also, the benefits of acupuncture don’t end with morning sickness. As New Hampshire-based acupuncturist Paul Mosier, MAOM, Dipl.OM., L.Ac., explains, acupuncture can support pregnancy in a number of important ways, including relieving stress, easing aches and pains, reducing fatigue, and helping a mom’s body to deliver optimal nutrients to her growing baby. There are even acupuncture techniques to encourage breech babies to turn head down before birth.
“All of these [benefits] are the result of how the body responds to needle insertion. When a needle is inserted, the body releases its own natural painkilling chemicals and stimulates the immune and vascular systems,” says Mosier.
As for whether or not Fergie will continue with acupuncture once morning sickness is in the review mirror, the mom-to-be indicates that she’s fine just going with the flow.
“I’m just going to play it by ear and see how things go and let the natural instincts kick in,” she tells Good Morning America.
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