Morning sickness is a symptom all pregnant women know all too well. The reason for morning sickness is a little bit complicated but has its root in increased production of hormones in your body and enhanced strength of your senses while pregnant. It is generally occurs about 4-6 weeks pregnant until the 12 week mark. Some women get worse symptoms then others and both the symptoms and the length of the period can be very different between individuals.
Here is a list of 10 morning sickness remedies hopefully some of them can help with at least easing the discomfort a little bit.
Have a healthy breakfast
As soon as you wake up you should have a cereal, crackers or something of that nature. Eating a little bit, right after you wake up and resting for 10-15 minutes before getting up is a good way to start the day and get some nutrition. It is also a good idea to nibble at the dry crackers and cereal overnight if you feel the urge. Dry food most often does not make you fell nauseous but mixing it with liquid has often a different results.
Avoid getting hungry
Make sure your stomach is never empty. Eat small meals throughout the day. Try to avoid feeling hungry during the day. What to eat can be the problem since women with morning sickness often have strong aversion to almost all food. Food rich in carbohydrates is often linked to less aversion then protein although research shows that in fact people get less nauseous eating protein. The hormone progesterone which pregnant women have plenty of slows down the digestion of food and therefore it’s a good idea to eat slowly, frequently and small meals.
Try cold meals
Nausea and morning sickness is most often linked to the smell of certain food or all food for that matter. Eating food that does not smell can be a big help. Cold food has less smell then hot food. Try eating your favorite food cold and see if that helps.
Avoid intense flavor and fatty food
You probably know by now that spice, acidic, intense flavor and fatty food should be off the menu. If for some reason you are still able to eat them but you do suffer from a bad case of morning sickness, try avoiding them for a couple of days and substitute them for something else.
Drink carbonated drinks
Drinking carbonated drinks such as Gatorade is an ideal way to keep hydrated and is often the only thing pregnant woman can drink except water. If you can’t drink water or Gatorade because it makes you feel sick, try freezing Gatorade into ice cubes and suck on them during the day. This is a great way to keep hydrated and the ice cubes are also a great way to keep cool.
Lemonade is another drink that often can help. The sour taste and smell of lemon is a good help against nausea. But it can be a double-edged sword since the acid is no help against the problem. The fruit are acid heavy but if it helps it helps.
If you’re vomiting during the day, keeping hydrated is the most important job you have. Be careful not to fill up with water or fluids to the point you are get to full for eating. Drink in many but small increments during the day. Keeping a bottle by your hand through the day is a good reminder to keep hydrated.
Avoid activities that trigger nausea
There are certain things that we do that make us nauseous. In extreme cases just the thought of doing those things is enough to trigger the nausea. Typical examples of this are a car ride, reading a book on a bus or walking into a hot room without an open window. Avoid those and other situations you can think of that make you sick for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Brush your teeth
Brushing your teeth and rinsing after every meal can be a smart idea to distance yourself from the flavor of food and the aversion it can produce.
Avoid lying down or having naps after meals
Avoid lying down after a meal and especially having a nap after a meal. Sleeping or lying down can increase nausea.
Eat foods that relieve nausea
Eat food that has soothing effect on nausea. There are many different kind of foods out there that are supposed to soothe nausea. Which one of them works differs between individuals. Try different kind of foods and find out what works for you. Ginger root is most often mentioned as the best food to ease the nausea. Other examples of foods that relieve nausea are:
- Chicken soup
- Sports Drinks
- Sprig of Mint
Hopefully one or more of these remedies will help you battle through these hard weeks. It also helps being focused on the great times to come — the little miracle growing inside you!