Many women would describe learning about their pregnancy as one of the best feelings in the world. In the early weeks, very few symptoms are present, leaving room for you to feel overjoyed, excited, and ready to take on this new challenge. Some women experience very little symptoms throughout their pregnancy. However, for others, hormones may start wreaking havoc. One of the first and most uncomfortable symptoms to appear is generally morning sickness.
Morning sickness is more prevalent during the first trimester of pregnancy and typically tapers off at the beginning of the second. However, for some women, the nausea persists all throughout the nine months of pregnancy. If you suffer from morning sickness, here are 10 ways to overcome this condition so you can focus on getting ready for your baby’s arrival.
1. Eat Small Meals Often
That feeling of being very full after a meal may be enough to trigger intense nausea. Try to ward off nausea by grazing. Eat 6-8 small meals a day.
2. Eat Bland Foods
This may not sound appetizing but if you are suffering from morning sickness, you will welcome foods with little taste and smell. Since certain types of food, such as spicy food, can worsen nausea, it is best to avoid them.
3. Incorporate Ginger In Your Diet
Ginger is one of the very few foods that have been proven to help in preventing and alleviating morning sickness. It is available under many forms such as fresh, capsules, and crystallized.
4. Eat In Bed
Getting out of bed on an empty stomach may cause you to feel dizzy and uncomfortable. Keep some plain crackers at your bedside and eat a few before getting out of bed. This will allow your stomach to settle a bit before you start moving.
5. Move Slowly
While this may not always be possible, moving slowly will help appease morning sickness. Sudden moves such as getting out of bed quickly, going from a sitting to a standing position, or even walking up and downs stairs may be enough to make you feel sick.
6. Use Acupuncture And Acupressure
You may cringe at the thought of it but acupuncture and acupressure have long been used to alleviate nausea in various circumstances. Many studies validate their efficacy. Unless contraindicated by your health care provider, these remedies are safe during pregnancy.
7. Take Vitamin B Supplement
Vitamin B6 is helpful for reducing nausea symptoms while vitamin B12 typically helps in improving vomiting associated with morning sickness. You can discuss with your health care provider to see which option would be best for you.
8. Drink Cold Sips Of Water
While some women feel nausea gets worse with drinking water, it is generally thought that drinking small and cold sips of water helps keep morning sickness at bay. If the thought of plain water sounds unappealing to you, you may use a few drops of lemon juice or a few slices of peppermint leaves or fresh ginger to spice it up a bit.
9. Get Enough Sleep
You may have noticed that the more tired you are, the more nauseous you feel. This is because tiredness tends to cause higher levels of morning sickness. Try to get a good night sleep and incorporate a nap into your daily routine if needed.
10. Learn Your Triggers And Stay Away
As the days pass and you learn to manage your morning sickness, you will start noticing patterns and triggers that make you feel more nauseous. Whether it is specific odors, or certain environments, avoidance is the best policy until your morning sickness subsides.