Morning sickness is one sign of pregnancy that most new mothers can do without. While there are a rare few that never have to deal with this event, many others spend a good amount of their morning kneeling over the toilet. If you’re tired of dealing with morning sickness, then you’re in luck because there are a few steps that can be taken to lessen the effect of morning sickness or avoid it altogether.
Morning sickness is described as suffering from nausea and vomiting. Between 50-80% of pregnant mothers suffer from morning sickness, which often hits in the morning when you first wake up. Each woman’s pregnancy is different as well as her experience but almost all new mothers will experience a bout of morning sickness at one time or another. It is important to try different remedies to see which one works best for you. Asking for advice from fellow mothers can also help you discover ways to cope with morning sickness.
One common factor that seems to trigger morning sickness is an empty stomach. Because the act of vomiting itself can leave the stomach feeling sour and empty, the key to keeping such episodes at bay is to monitor your daily eating habits. Make sure you don’t skip any meals or go for an extended period of time without eating. Snacking is helpful in this case. Carry around crackers, fruit, or other healthy snacks with you while you go about your day. A good rule of thumb to follow is to eat something every two hours. This will help your stomach settle and ward off any nausea.
Keep a light snack near your bed to nibble on when you wake up in the morning. If you can start off your day without a bout of morning sickness, chances are you’ll be good to go for the rest of the day. Additionally, keep a lot of fluids going (to avoid dehydration) and make sure your home has plenty of fresh air circulating. The more comfortable your surroundings are, the easier it will be for your body to relax.
In addition to eating small meals every two hours or so, there are other steps you can take to structure your eating regimen, such as waiting until a half hour before or after a meal to drink fluids. Try to avoid drinking while you are eating. 15 minutes after waking up, eat a few bites of soda crackers to settle your stomach and be sure to get up slowly.
Standing up too fast can trigger nausea, resulting in morning sickness. In addition to drinking water, include ginger ale or club soda to settle an upset stomach and stay away from spicy and fried foods. Because pregnant women get nauseated easily by smells, try dealing with cold foods that don’t give off a strong smell. Some mothers have found it helpful to sniff ginger or lemons to ward off nausea as well as eating watermelon or drinking lemonade.