Four babies later… and I can tell you that these 3 proven techniques will help you actually battle morning sickness. I remember crying during my first pregnancy when I knew that every single evening I would be facing hours of nausea and vomiting. My morning sickness (that just happened to come in the evening) made it pretty hard to enjoy the happy events that come with those first 12 or so weeks.
During the first trimester of your pregnancy, you have plenty to consider: finding the perfect OB, making a birth plan, planning a nursery, etc. The one thing you don’t want to be thinking about: how to stop the morning sickness!
What is morning sickness?
According to WebMD, “Despite its name, you can have morning sickness any time of day. It doesn’t mean your baby is sick, and it doesn’t hurt the baby. Pregnancy nausea is probably caused by the sudden increase of hormones in your body. It’s usually mild and goes away about midway through your pregnancy. Some women never feel nauseous during their pregnancy.”
How can I get relief from morning sickness?
Only one out of every odd lady will manage morning infection similarly, and only one out of every odd treatment approach will work constantly. Attempt a blend of methodologies and do what feels best for you. Here are a couple of strategies you can consider:
Take a bite before you get up.
Keeping a couple of saltine wafers or other light snacks next to your bed can be useful. Prior to beginning the day, eat a bit of something to help raise hanging glucose levels—a potential trigger of sickness amid pregnancy.
Eat what sounds (and smells) great.
An increased feeling of smell can make it difficult to eat the foods you once loved. Actually, simply getting a whiff could send you running for the bathroom. To this day, I can’t smell bacon cooking on a skillet without getting an uneasy stomach. Thankfully this reaction usually fades. One friend of mine swears that eating potato chips before she got out of bed saved her from morning sickness (I’m up for that one! lol!). Others appreciate watermelon, pregnancy pops, or ginger (my auntie swears by sucking on a bit of raw ginger).
Think about pressure point massage.
Acupuncture can be useful in reducing pregnancy nausea. In fact, needle therapy has been utilized for quite a while in light of the fact that it really works. They even make BioBands- little bracelets you can pick up at the store that put weight on explicit purposes of the inward wrist, for this very reason.
TIP: My chiropractor did my acupuncture and it worked wonders!
At the point should you call your specialist?
Despite the fact that most episodes of pregnancy-related sickness and heaving are pretty normal, you should call your specialist if:
- Your nausea makes it impossible to eat or drink
- You are vomiting more than three or four times a day and can’t hold anything down
- You are vomiting blood
- You are fatigued or confused
- You are not urinating
In some more rare cases, you may need to spend a couple of days in the hospital to receive fluids and anti-nausea medications to help control your symptoms.
There’s no doubt that morning sickness can feel awful and for some women, it can be more than just an irritant, but try to keep yourself calm and comfortable. Remember that morning sickness is usually temporary. Stay positive as you prepare to welcome your sweet baby.
When you are ready, be sure to check out these tips on how to pack for the delivery of your baby at the hospital!