8 Ways to Ease Morning Sickness in Pregnancy

Morning sickness is a symptom that almost all of us are familiar with, but know little about. This troubling symptom is most common during the first months of pregnancy, and although this is a normal aspect of pregnancy it can leave you quite distraught. To those unacquainted with the actual experience, it may seem conciliatory that morning sickness is restricted to the morning. This is unfortunately not the case as most women would known that 'morning sickness' can strike at any time of the day, and worse still, it can even last the entire length of the pregnancy.

The nausea and dizziness associated with morning sickness are generally attributed to the rise in hormone levels on account of your pregnancy. This is actually regarded as a positive sign by most health care experts as it is an indication that the placenta is developing well. It is therefore no cause to worry, but coping with it can still be problematic. Medications are not really an option as it most pharmaceutical products are advised against while pregnant as they could pose some risk to the baby. Natural methods of coping with ailments and symptoms like morning sickness are preferred for this reason. Here are some tips to help you cope with this troubling symptom.

  1. Don't spring out of bed as soon as you awake. Instead loll about for a while and maybe snack on some crackers or cereal that you could stock near the bed.
  2. Try and identify the foods, odors, and circumstances that worsen the symptom so that you can avoid them. A journal should help you keep track.
  3. You do need a lot of rest and it would be useful if you can observe the behavior of your symptoms in relation to time of the day. If they are worse at a particular time, try and rest during those times, while reserving those parts of the day that you feel best for any chores you need to get done.
  4. Eat whatever you can and what you actually feel like eating. Salty foods, lemon juice and water melons can help alleviate the symptoms. On the other hand avoid spicy, fatty and greasy foods.
  5. Try and get someone else to do the cooking and make sure that the fans are on and windows open, so that the odors don't affect you.
  6. Nausea tends to be worse on an empty stomach, so try and eat small but more frequent meals through the day instead of the two or three large ones. This will also help prevent other common problems like heartburn.
  7. Many women find relief from chewing gum, or sucking on mint candies or lollipops.
  8. Make sure that you're well hydrated with plenty of water and fresh fruit juices.

 

In addition to these tips there are many other strategies that you can employ to combat the symptoms. Acupressure, yoga, breathing exercises, and many other alternative treatments could offer some relief from morning sickness.





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