It’s important to know that morning sickness can occur at any time of the day and at any stage throughout your pregnancy, not just ‘in the morning’. It tends to show itself more so in the morning and that’s where it gets its name from but it can strike at any time, really.
Here are some easy ways to help curb morning sickness throughout your pregnancy.
Eat throughout the day
It’s very important to not forget to eat, even if you’re feeling nauseous. Your body is in the process of making a baby and it needs all the healthy nutrition that it can get.
It can be extremely tempting to not eat at all if you’re experiencing feelings of nausea, but don’t forget that you and your growing baby do need to get nutrients to each other in order for your bodies to work harmoniously together.
Keep it simple
The best foods to eat if morning sickness is setting you back is bland foods like crackers (think Saltines, Wheat Thins, Triscuits, rice cakes), plain cereal (think Cheerios), and carbohydrate-rich items (think pasta, bread, pretzels, granola bars).
Greasy, fatty foods may tend to heighten your nauseating feelings so it’s best to steer clear of those.
Slow things down
Moving too fast can also trigger your morning sickness into a frenzied state, so pace yourself and don’t rush.
This slower state can be a tremendous help, especially at the beginning of your day. Taking some extra time to fully wake up and start your day on a slower scale can help you, your mindset, and your body get morning sickness under control before it starts to take over.
You may also want to try meditating, be it in the morning or any time throughout the day, to help your body slow itself down and become more centered and present in the moment. Being hyper-aware of where you are and what you’re doing can help you handle your nauseous feelings more thoroughly.
Know your trigger smells
Some women experience an increased sensitivity to smells while they are pregnant. If you’re one of them, then get to know your trigger smells (i.e. those smells that cause you to feel nauseous) and avoid them when possible.
Ask your partner to cook dinner and handle the garbage for you until your morning sickness subsides.
Reach for some everyday things
Some women have found relief from morning sickness in everyday things like ginger and lemons. It can’t hurt to try them, right?
Pour yourself a tall glass of ginger ale, munch on some gingersnaps, or make a warm cup of ginger tea and see if any of those help call down the nauseousness.
To incorporate lemons into the mix you can try a tall glass of homemade lemonade, squeeze some lemon juice into your water, brew some lemon tea, or try lighting a lemon scented candle.
Ginger and lemons are easy, cheap, and natural ways to help get you through the morning sickness. Try one or both today to see if they effect you in a positive manner.
It’s very important to stay hydrated throughout your entire pregnancy and even more so if you’ve been throwing up. Severe dehydration can mean a trip to the emergency room, so it’s best to take preventative measures and always keep water with you regardless of where you are.
If you’re feeling like nothing is helping you with these feelings of nausea, then call your doctor. There are medications you can take during pregnancy that can help lesson the morning sickness.
Always do your own research and write down your concerns and questions. Bring them with you to your doctor’s visit. Working together with your doctor is always the best way to help overcome pregnancy concerns.
About the author: Danielle is a freelance blogger and editor specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.