How to ease morning sickness during pregnancy?
Morning sickness is perhaps one of the most common and recognizable symptoms of pregnancy. As many as two-thirds of all pregnant women experience this symptom at some point in their pregnancies. Although it is most commonly experienced during the first trimester, it is not uncommon to experience bouts of morning sickness even in the second trimester.
Morning sickness is a misnomer. Although it is called ‘morning sickness, it can strike you at any hour of the day or night. For most women, morning sickness is nothing more than a nuisance that resolves itself in a few weeks. However, there are cases where it can be quite difficult to handle.
Although no remedy will magically make morning sickness go away, certain things can make it a bit more tolerable. Here are some of the things that you can do to ease your morning sickness during pregnancy.
Morning Sickness Remedies That Really Work
Eat two crackers
One of the oldest pieces of advice you can find to tackle morning sickness is to eat something, say a couple of crackers before your head leaves the pillow in the morning. There are scores of women who swear by this remedy. Some women also claim that adding some protein such as peanut butter to the crackers has an even better result. Although the method is certainly not scientifically proven, it has enough anecdotal evidence to make it worth trying once. The idea here is that if your stomach is not empty by the time you get up, the severity of nausea will not be that high in the morning. It sure won’t hurt if you want to give it a try.
Smaller meals for morning sickness
Another common remedy that many moms swear by is dividing your meals into smaller portions and frequently eating throughout the day instead of having a large amount in one go. If you eat smaller portions throughout the day, you might be able to keep it down without feeling the urge to throw it up. This tip makes a lot of sense if you think about it. Eating smaller portions throughout the day might help you to maintain your blood glucose levels so that you won’t feel tired all the time. Secondly, you need all the calories you can get during pregnancy, and eating throughout the day is an excellent way of getting them without stuffing yourself in one sitting.
Morning sickness & triggers
It is a known fact that your sense of smell is heightened during pregnancy. Even some milder scents can easily make you queasy and want to throw up. It is best to try and avoid such smells at all costs. If something makes you feel nauseous, prevent it, at least during the morning hours and right after eating something. Perfumes and deodorants can also trigger nausea in some women. If you happen to feel sensitive to your fragrances, try to switch them or avoid them if you can.
Manage your blood sugar
One way to tackle morning sickness is not to allow your blood sugar to plummet during the night. Before you go to bed, eating a high protein means can ensure that your blood glucose levels don’t suddenly dip in the middle of the night as proteins take longer to digest. Another way to maintain blood glucose levels throughout the night and into the morning is having a midnight snack handy if you happen to wake up in the middle of the night, just munch on a cookie or a light snack bar.
Ginger is used in the traditional Chinese and Indian systems of medicine to prevent nausea. There are many medicinal ingredients in ginger that can help you curb the need to throw up. That doesn’t mean that you need to eat ginger. A ton of products with ginger are available on the market that you can try, such as bread, teas, and other baked goods. There are candies and suckers (lollypops) with a ginger extract specifically marketed to manage nausea due to morning sickness.
Drink ice water
Try sipping ice water throughout the day. Many women say that doing so allows them to keep their meals down. It sure won’t hurt to try it. On the contrary, if you drink ice water more frequently throughout the day, it might help you stay hydrated, which is excellent as dehydration can be a real problem during pregnancy. Sipping ice water can also help you keep the feeling of nausea at bay.
If you have severe morning sickness and are throwing up a lot, you risk dehydrating yourself. Also, many women avoid drinking water out of fear of throwing up. Sipping small amounts of ice water can solve both these problems. As you are only taking a sip of water at a time, you can keep it down better, and as you are drinking ice water throughout the day, you are staying hydrated.
Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique that involves putting light pressure on a specific point on the body. Many women find wearing an acupressure bracelet helps them to curb the need to purge. Although there is no scientific study regarding the benefits of these bracelets in preventing nausea, it won’t hurt to try them either.
Peppermint to reduce nausea
The essential oils present in peppermint are known to suppress morning sickness-induced nausea. Peppermint is also known to prevent tiredness and helps to maintain energy levels. You can use peppermint oil in aromatherapy or consume it in the form of peppermint tea or other peppermint-flavoured eatables. You can even try sucking on a hard peppermint candy which also helps in hyper-salivation after morning sickness.
Try breathing exercises
Taking a deep breath can help things calm down a bit. Even if it might not be very effective for you, deep breathing never hurts anybody!
Eat comfort food
One of the most significant issues for women who have excessive morning sickness is keeping the food down. Having proper nourishment is essential during pregnancy, and you need all the food you can eat. For many women, certain foods are better tolerated than others. Try finding your comfort food and stick with it for a few days.
A word from Fertility2Family
Remember, morning sickness can be excruciating for some women, but it is always temporary. It is going to subside as you move into your second trimester. So, just soldier on and have faith that this phase shall pass, and you have a wonderful time coming right up!