Morning sickness is one of life’s cruel jokes. Here you are, newly pregnant and so thrilled to be experiencing this completely life changing event in your life and then morning sickness comes along and completely bowls you over. Granted, there are varying degrees of morning sickness but no matter how manageable or severe your morning sickness is, it’s still zero fun in a time that should be. And if you are reading this and are one of the lucky few who didn’t experience morning sickness, take this moment to remind yourself how lucky you were. But if you are not one of those lucky few, check out our list below on tips to try and not only prevent morning sickness but to also help relieve it when it strikes. As always, consult your doctor if you feel your morning sickness is more severe- it happens and can be pretty scary.
- Modify your meals- Choose to eat small, more frequent meals so that your stomach avoids getting empty. Many times, the nausea is brought on by hunger so smaller, more frequent meals should help keep your stomach from feeling empty and hungry. Another good tip would be to avoid triggering foods and smells at mealtime that might exacerbate your symptoms. It might take a little bit of time, but you should be able to determine what foods might make your symptoms worse.
- Try food therapy- There are certain food groups or in some cases, specific foods that can also help alleviate some of your symptoms. Ginger is known to have tummy-taming benefits for many women. Other foods that can help include lemon, mint, sour foods, and saltines. Whatever works for you, stock up and keep it handy, especially during your first trimester.
- Liquids- Staying hydrated is good for pregnancy in general but could also have potential to help with your morning sickness symptoms. Try to incorporate smoothies into your routine, especially healthy ones that are chalked full of good nutrients and will keep you feeling full. Other things that can help include ice chips, Italian ice and slushies. Don’t forget about tea- you will find there are many options specifically for morning sickness relief (we happen to include one in our First Trimester Stork Bag).
- Vitamin management- Often times, present company included, those huge prenatal vitamins can be the culprit as they are chalked full of iron and iron is known to bring about nausea symptoms. Try taking your vitamin in the evening instead of in the morning when your stomach is emptier. Another option is adding the vitamin B6 into your vitamin routine as it has been known to help with morning sickness in some women.
- Alternative therapy- If diet and vitamin management aren’t doing the trick, alternative medicine might do the trick. Many women have had help by using Sea Bands, which are used to help with motion sickness and can be purchased at your local pharmacy. Another option is acupuncture and/or acupressure. This method of using pressure points to hit certain nerve centers has also been known to help reduce nausea.
- Exercise- Back to the basics. If all of the above fail and you aren’t quite ready to go the OTC or prescription medication route, try staying active. Moving around can help contradict those yucky feelings- or at the very least improve them. Endorphins released during moderate exercise can help curb those nausea feelings and let’s be honest, exercise during pregnancy is beneficial so really it doesn’t hurt to try!
What methods helped alleviate your morning sickness? Did we miss any good ones on our list? We would love to hear about them in the comments below!
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