Author: Heidi DunnFertilityHealthHormonesWomens Health

Help with Morning Sickness from the team at ben&biao.

50 -90% of women suffer from nausea during their pregnancy, with the nausea and vomiting usually starting within the 6-7th week, and generally subsiding by week 12-14.

Can beans help with morning sickness?

Apparently so!

A study by Taylor et al  has shown that molybdenum appears to help with morning sickness. It helps for the absorption of all the extra hormones within the GI Tract that are making you feel a little green.

High concentrations of molybdenum can be found in beans

This essential trace element activates enzymes that help break down harmful sulfites and prevent toxins from building up in the body.

Beans refer to any edible seed that belongs to the legume family.  They are a great source of protein, iron, calcium and are high in fibre. So think, Chick pea, black bean, Kidney Bean, etc
In Chinese Medicine we recognise several causes of ‘morning sickness’ which is why we think Ginger can help with some women and not others or that some people feel nausea in the morning and others in the evening! Some women will feel worse with food yet other mums to be have the situation improved by eating!  In the same way we think beans can probably help many women but not all. So our advice is , if this is going to work, lets start out small and begin with a small handful of beans to try first and see what happens. Nothing or an improvement then you can increase your intake.

Preparing and Cooking Beans

Some people leave beans out of their diet due to flatulence, as their body cannot digest them properly.  The best way to reduce this side effect is to change the way you cook them.

The best way is to soak raw beans overnight before they are used in cooking.  If you do not want to soak them overnight, then we suggest slowly cooking them. First  bring them to a boil, and then turn down to a light simmer for two hours to soften.  Allow to cool in the water and then return them to a low heat for another hour to cook a little more.

If eating beans is not your style one simple way to eat beans is to make a classic hummus from chickpeas or white beans. It’s easy to store in the fridge after making and then you may consume throughout the day.

Acupuncture can help with many types of morning sickness – The quickest results normally require 3 sessions close together but sometimes you may need more so check in with your practitioner.

Good luck and let us know if we can help.

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