Morning sickness refers to the nausea (a feeling of wanting to throw up) and vomiting associated with pregnancy. It is common in early pregnancy and can affect one throughout the day. Are you an expectant mom, here are 9 helpful tips that can help relieve your morning sickness.
- Identify those food that trigger your nausea and avoid them and the ones that don’t, ensure they are not too hot as too hot foods tend to have strong aroma.
- Eat small portions of meal instead of heavy chunks of food. Don’t lie down immediately after eating because this can slow digestion. We need the food digested as fast as possible.
- Always have snacks handy: keep some crackers by your side all the time especially before you go to bed. When you wake up in the morning, take a few bite. This can also help you feel better if you wake up in the middle of the night and are nauseated.
- Avoid excessive intake of fatty foods because they take longer time to digest. Some other foods (fried, spicy foods and acidic foods) can serve as irritants to the digestive system and make you vomit more often. It will help to avoid them.
- Maintain a habit of brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth after every meal.
- Take note of other non-food triggers like strong perfume, certain stimuli and avoid them. Get some fresh air by taking a walk or opening a window.
- Nausea has been shown to be worsened by stress, so take a time out and relax when you need to.
- Experiment with aromatherapy. Scents such as lemon, mint, or lavender has been found to be helpful. You can place a drop or two on a handkerchief you carry with you and sniff from time to time or whenever you feel the urge to vomit.
- Try ginger or peppermint. This has proven to be useful to some pregnant women for settling upset stomach. Be careful not to take excessive quantity. You can grate some ginger into hot water to make ginger tea. Ginger or peppermint candies may help.
For some people, this experience can be unbearable. One way to psychologically scale through is to fix your mind on the joy that would follow when your baby is born.