10 Tips for Managing Morning Sickness
Most moms-to-be will be all-too familiar with the all-day feelings of nausea, sickness and vomiting that early pregnancy can bring.
These early weeks are already a scary, nerve-wracking time as you acclimatise yourself to being pregnant, as your body starts to change and your baby grows – add in the constant, nagging nausea and it’s not much fun.
We’ve compiled a few of the most popular morning sickness cures. Have we got yours?
Wake up gently
Pregnancy sickness is often worse first thing in the morning, so take your time getting out of bed and starting your day. Some moms find eating a few dry crackers before getting up can help to keep the worst of the nausea from kicking in.
Eat little and often
Opt for small meals and snacks throughout the day, instead of three big meals. Soups, smoothies and other easy to eat options might be suitable than heavy meals.
Lots of little sips
Drinking water throughout the day is important, but try to avoid big gulps and opt instead for lots of small sips. This can help keep your stomach from spasming with the nausea, and may help to prevent vomiting. If you are getting sick, do keep your fluid levels up to prevent dehydration.
Try some ginger
Many moms swear by the soothing extracts of ginger. You can try this by grating fresh ginger into boiling water and drinking as a tea, eating ginger in crystallised form, or even taking ginger biscuits. The antioxidant properties are claimed to reduce
Rest as much as possible
Get plenty of rest and head to bed early to catch up on some much-needed sleep, but avoid lying down after eating as it can worsen the feelings of nausea and heartburn.
Being too hot, or finding yourself in a stuffy room, can exacerbate your nausea. Where possible, opt for layers so you can keep yourself cool at all times.
Avoid spicy, fatty and greasy foods
These are the most common culprits for heartburn, which can really make sickness worse. These weeks are perhaps the time to opt for plain, blander choices without strong smells that won’t aggravate your symptoms.
Try travel sickness wrist bands
These little wristbands are very discreet to wear, easy to find in pharmacies or online, and are a non-medicinal way to help combat pregnancy sickness. They work by using your acupressure pulse points and are a great choice for mild to moderate nausea.
Avoid tight-fitting clothes
Everything may be feeling a little more snug at the moment, but try as much as possible to avoid tight waistbands and clothing.
Even though you might be suffering with this horrible pregnancy sickness, rest assured that your baby isn’t. Even though you may not be eating large amounts, your baby will take all the necessary nutrients from you regardless.
Pregnancy sickness usually eases by week 14, so do take reassurance from the fact that it won’t last forever. If you are concerned that your pregnancy sickness is more than ‘the norm’, don’t be afraid to speak to your GP or midwife for reassurance. In some cases, moms-to-be can experience hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme sickness which often necessitates medical intervention.
Do you have any tried-and-tested tips for other moms? Leave a comment below and let us know.