You’re pregnant—Congratulations! Then for some of you, Morning Sickness might have set in. Many women experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. The good thing is that usually morning sickness ends on its own around 12 weeks of pregnancy. Some luckiest women will not experience excessive vomiting, but many will have some discomfort due to nausea. However, you can feel groggy and throw up at any time of day. That being said, it’s no entertaining to feel like you have to puke for months on end. But the good news is, you don’t have to suffer from it. There are plenty of ways you can relieve the symptoms and start to feel better.
WHAT IS MORNING SICKNESS?
Morning sickness is a pregnancy side effect that usually occurs during the first trimester. It is caused by dynamical levels of the sex hormones and progestin and is normally felt around the sixth week, oftentimes prolonging at the twelve or fourteen-week mark. Generally short-term, the symptom affects roughly half of women nearly 1% of pregnancies, ranging in severity from mild discomfort to severe form known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). HG causes extreme nausea and vomiting, which without medical intervention and proper care can lead to dehydration, fainting even weight-loss.
Temporary as it may be, for many women it’s one of the most challenging times of pregnancy. There are a few things you can do right now to naturally relieve nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
After suffering through morning sickness in pregnancy especially my first pregnancy and getting pregnant again with my second baby, I knew I have to do something different. I was determined to figure out a way to thrive and feel my best during my pregnancy.
How could I take care of my first child and my everyday responsibilities while having to puke all day long? I searched for different websites and came up with different remedies that helped me survive my first trimester easily. Honestly, I am surprised how well these remedies worked to relieve nausea. I went from barely able to get out of bed to feeling energetic and normal all day long. These worked for me, I hope they work for you too.
Here are a few ideas for combating morning sickness symptoms:
GET SOME FRESH AIR
It is often a good idea to get as much fresh air as you can throughout the day. This is to reduce the likelihood of certain smells triggering your nausea. It is better to sleep with good ventilation and in cool air. Try going on a morning walk and breathe fresh air. This will do a lot of good and help relieve the symptoms of nausea.
SMELL SOMETHING NICE AND SOOTHING
Different smells do trigger nausea. If you start to feel a bit groggy, try sniffing something pleasant, like a bottle of lemon extract or spearmint. Keep your hand on essential oils as this can avoid bad odors throughout the day and quell any stomach roils you may feel. You can also keep a bottle of essential oil in your bag while going out for emergencies.
Most of us are unaware that low magnesium levels can also lead to pregnancy vomiting. So, when you feel sick, this Pink Stork Mist is all you need. must a few sprays on your wrist or feet and a light massage may provide temporary relief from morning sickness. This is a great option to opt for when you don’t want to go for other drugs.
Pregnancy, especially its early stages means it’s more essential than ever to stay hydrated. Make sure you’re taking in lots of fluids – water is best. If you’re someone who vomits often, increase your fluid intake to eight to ten glasses of water a day. I know this sounds a bit tough to gulp down water when you don’t feel good. Alternatively, you can add watermelon or lemon ice cubes to plain water if you have trouble drinking it naturally. Also, try to drink fluids between meals, but limit the amount so it is easier for your stomach to handle and may help prevent vomiting.
This is another trick of the queasy trade. Many women realize the smell and flavor of lemons comforting. Apart from smelling the lemon scent, you can have lemon sucking candies or simply have a lemon water drink. It is good to have it early morning as a ticket to relief from nausea. This not only will comfort your stomach but has other health benefits as well.
EAT OR DRINK GINGER
It is centuries old midwife advice that ginger can help a case of queasiness. Although there is no conclusive answer to why this ingredient helps, but many women swear by ginger ale to alleviate the symptoms of morning sickness. It’s widely considered to have a calming effect on the gastrointestinal tract. So stock up on staples made with ginger, such as ginger ale, some ginger-flavored candies, ginger tea, ginger biscuits or ginger drinks. If you’re not keen on the flavor, ask your doctor concerning ginger tablets and capsules. Even the smell of ginger may quell your upset stomach.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR MOUTH
It is important to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth after sessions of vomiting and after each meal. Ask your dentist to recommend a good rinse, or use plain water. You can also brush your teeth with milder tasting toothpaste if you feel that your usual brand is contributing to nausea. Not only will this help keep your mouth fresh and reduce dizziness, but it will also decrease the risk of damage to your teeth when bacteria feast on regurgitated residue in your mouth.
EAT MORE FREQUENTLY
When experiencing nausea, many doctors and midwives recommend eating small meals every two to three hours to help stabilize blood sugar. The idea is to keep your tummy a little bit filled all the time, since when your tummy’s empty you’re more likely to feel nauseous. you can eat six small meals throughout the day rather than three large ones. Plus, smaller meals are easier to digest and less likely to trigger the queasiness and heartburn. It is also recommended to never leave your house without a healthy stash of snacks that your tummy can handle, for instance, dry fruits or crackers and bars.
PLUMS DO WONDERS FOR MORNING SICKNESS
This is a super remedy that actually works wonders. Eating plums can reduce the effects of nausea or vomiting due to the presence of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that work in the cycle to support various body processes and increase energy levels. Just take a handful of dry plums and enjoy them.
EAT EARLY AND RIGHT BEFORE BED
Morning sickness doesn’t wait for you to roll out of bed. Nausea is most likely to strike when you are on an empty stomach after a long night’s sleep. That’s because you haven’t eaten in a while, the acid churning around inside of your stomach has nothing to digest, which then leads to grogginess. To head off, stock your nightstand with some crackers, bars or cold cereals, which you can munch on first thing in the morning.
For the identical reason, try eating a light snack high in protein and complex carbs just before you go to sleep. It can be anything like a whole grain muffin and a glass of milk, or string cheese and a handful of nuts. This will help keep your tummy happier when you wake up in the morning.
During pregnancy, your body is undergoing massive changes in hormones, all of which are making you feel tired. It’s perfectly normal, and to ensure you get enough sleep can make a real difference in battling with morning sickness. Find yourself craving for any specific food? That’s OK. Acting moody at home or in the office? Completely understandable!
So, take time to relax go easy on yourself. Stress is not what you need right now! Have time for yourself, sit on a couch and watch some TV. Go out for a walk do any at-home activity that you personally enjoy doing. Try some classic stress-reduction techniques, like meditation or prenatal yoga. Last but not least have a good sleep every night possible.
Above all, just remember morning sickness is just temporary and for many, it disappears completely by the second trimester.
ASK DOCTOR ABOUT MEDICATION
If you’re in the slightest degree involved or need any recommendation on managing your symptoms, book an appointment with your healthcare professional. You may want to talk to your doctor about taking an FDA-approved prescription drug to treat your morning sickness during pregnancy. Don’t take any medication (traditional or herbal) for morning sickness unless it’s prescribed by your doctor.
So, have you tried any remedies for morning sickness? Please share what worked for you within the comments. Also, if you know someone who might benefit from this post, please share it with her!