More than half of all pregnant women experience some type of morning sickness during their first trimester of pregnancy. As a matter of fact, nausea and vomiting can be one of the first clues to indicate to a woman that she might be pregnant.
Morning sickness will usually begin around the 6th week of pregnancy and for most women it will stop around the 12th week.
Despite its name, morning sickness does necessarily only occur in the morning. For some woman the feeling of being nauseous can affect them on and off all day long.
These nauseous feelings are often a result of the increased hormones in your body during these first few months. And while it might not seem like it to you now, many health care providers actually consider morning sickness a good sign that shows that the placenta is developing well.
While that might sound comforting in theory, it is probably not going to make you feel any better physically.
Luckily however, there are quite a few home remedies that can help settle your stomach and keep the nausea at bay while you count down the days till the end of your first trimester.
Possible Symptoms of Morning Sickness,
* Feeling slightly queasy or actually vomiting.
* Nausea and/or vomiting that occurs at any time of the day and lasts an hour or the entire day.
* Increase in sense of smell
* Food Aversions
Home Remedies for Morning Sickness
* Keep Crackers by the Bed
One of the most popular and effective home remedies for morning sickness is to eat some dry cereal or a couple of crackers as soon as you wake up — preferably before you even get out of bed. It is a good idea to leave some on your nightstand so you can also nibble on one or two during the night if necessary.
This is a great way to quell the nauseous feelings. It might not be a bad idea to also carry some around with you to eat while commuting or during the day if the need arises.
* Get out of Bed Slowly
This remedy is probably one of the most important if you find morning sickness hits immediately when you wake up. Set your alarm for at least 20 minutes earlier than you need to get up. Nibble on some of your crackers – then lay back and relax while they do their job. After a few minutes, gently rise to a sitting position. Once you have given your stomach time to acclimate, then gently get out of bed.
Morning sickness is very similar to motion or seasickness – so jumping right out of bed in the morning should be avoided.
* Stay Away From Foods That Turn You Off
Do your best to avoid smells and foods that will trigger your nausea. Do not be overly concerned at this early pregnancy point about a balanced diet. It is OK to eat the few things that appeal to you right now.
* Stick to Blander Foods and Eat Foods at Cooler Temperatures
The hotter the food, the stronger the aroma which can set off your gag reflex.. The spicier the food the harder on your digestive system. It might be best at this point to try and stick with blander foods that are at room temperature or cold to avoid the onslaught.
* Make Use of the Microwave
This follows along the same theory as the one above. If you find that the strong odor of cooking in the oven or stove is making you feel sick – use your microwave more often. The microwave will help contain most of the odors.
* Eat Five or Six Small Meals Throughout the Day
It seems that having an empty stomach is quite often what will bring on that nauseous feeling. Instead of sitting down for 2 or 3 large meals, try eating 5 or 6 smaller meals throughout the day to ensure that your stomach never fully gets to that empty stage.
* Replace Electrolytes
If you find that you are vomiting or throwing up often, it is very important to replace missing electrolytes. Sports drinks such as Gatorade or Pedialyte can help replace those electrolytes.
* Avoid Spicy and Fatty Foods
Fried, rich, spicy, or acidic food can irritate your digestive system and fatty foods take longer to digest, so try to avoid these foods for the first trimester of your pregnancy if you suffer from morning sickness.
* Try To Rest Often
This might be asking the impossible if you have an active lifestyle, but nausea can become worse when you are tired. Try to rest often during this period with short naps, by reading, or even watching television. When you feel tired, give yourself a break and rest.
* Try Ginger
Real ginger is a great home remedy for morning sickness. It even works wonders for people with an upset stomach who aren’t pregnant. Try and find a Ginger ale that is made with real ginger (many supermarket brands aren’t) or make yourself some Ginger tea. You might even want to try to carry ginger candies around with you so you can take them when necessary.
* Try Lemon or Peppermint
Both Lemon and Peppermint are soothing to the stomach. Even just the smell of either can make you feel better. You can suck on peppermint candies or lemon drops while on the go if you are feeling nauseas, drink peppermint tea or lemon tea – of even fill a diffuser with essential oils in those scents to calm your stomach. Some women will even add the oils to a handkerchief so they can smell them when feeling nauseas outside of the house or when they are trying to avoid other smells that might make them quesy.
* Always take Prenatal Vitamins with Food or Switch to Vitamins with Lower Iron
Taking your prenatal vitamins on an empty stomach can also upset your stomach because the iron in prenatal vitamins can be a little tough on your digestive track so be sure to always take your prenatal vitamins with food. If you find they still upset your stomach, you might want to ask your health care provider if they can switch you to a prenatal vitamin with a lower dose of iron or no iron at all for the first trimester.
* Try an Over-The-Counter Acupressure Band
Most local drugstores sell acupressure bands (which are soft cotton wristbands) that were originally designed for seasickness. Many pregnant women however swear theses bands work wonderfully in warding off morning sickness as well. There is a plastic button on the band that pushes against an acupressure point on the underside of your wrist that eliminates nausea. While some research indicates that it might simply a placebo effect, if it works…does it matter?
* Watch Out for Other Triggers
During this first trimester, even the craziest of things may set you off. Try and do your best to avoid certain triggers such as warm or stuffy rooms, the smell of heavy perfume, car rides, or even certain visual stimuli such as flickering lights that might contribute to your feeling sick.
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