“Every morning I head straight to the bathroom sink and wait to throw up,” says one first-time pregnant mommy.
“Many times as I am hunched over preparing to vomit I begin to wonder if having a baby is worth all this trouble.” adds another honest mom.
Unfortunately, morning sickness has been an inseparable part of pregnancy. It plagues pregnant women of all races, ages and walks of life. It is no respecter of persons and can be quite cruel and relentless. Pint-sized treasures is happy to help out moms suffering through this not-so-fun time of pregnancy with some helpful hints. You can keep your tummy from draining the happiness out of bringing a new life into this world!
- Snack often. An empty tummy can quickly turn into nausea. To avoid piling on the pounds, ensure that each snack is low-calorie, fiber-filled and nutritious. An easy way to do this is to eat half of your breakfast, save the other half for 2 hours later, then eat half your lunch and continue the pattern. Spreading the food out throughout the day will also help speed up your metabolism and aid the digestion process. Keep a box of something salty or sweet next to your bed to nibble on the minute you wake up. Then, slowly get out of bed. “Morning sickness” won the endearing term from nausea and vomiting being more avid in the morning hours, most likely due to the long hours of fasting. Also, avoid greasy, sugary and spicy foods. These can cause nausea, vomiting and other intestinal issues.
- Grab some carbonated drinks. Drinks that bubble help many women with the woes of consistent nausea. Reach for the decaffeinated drinks like Sierra Mist, Root Beer, Ginger Ale and carbonated, flavored waters. Be careful to sip the drinks and not gulp them in order to avoid too full a tummy. Full tummies can serve to aggravate nausea and vomiting. It’s all about balance!
- Chew, chew, chew. Some women enjoy chewing gum to ward off tummy trouble. Minty and fruity flavors give an extra kick to the queasy tummy. Gm is also helpful if yore unable to get a snack or meal at a convenient time. It can hold you over for a few minutes until yo can get some munchies.
- Consume vitamins nocturnally. Try taking your prenatal vitamins at night before you head to bed. Consider taking it with juice or something besides water. This helps the taste become tolerable. Do not take it with milk, as milk can have a negative affect on the iron within the pill. Ask your doctor specifically for gel-coated vitamins. If nothing else works with your vitamins, ask your practitioner about children’s daily vitamins. Your doctor will be able to prescribe the correct amount needed and these vitamins can hold you over until you are able to resume taking your regular prenatal vitamins.
- Get some fresh air. If nausea hits you suddenly, try going outside for fresh air. If you are in the car, open the windows. If it is raining, turn on the air condition and breathe in cool air from the vents. Fall and winter night air is great for sufferers of morning sickness.
- Try an acupressure band. These bands are soft and are worn on the wrist to avoid seasickness. However, many pregnant women have found relief from wearing these bands. The band has a button that presses against an acupressure point on your wrist. It is simple, inexpensive and can be found at your local drug store.
- Rest. Nausea can be triggered by exhaustion. Make sure you are getting seven hours of sleep nightly and you are taking frequent breaks during the day. Quick, small breaks will make your pregnancy more enjoyable and will aid your body in fighting off nausea, headaches and more undesirables during your 9 months of baby-growing days!
Hopefully these tips will bring you some relief from your morning sickness during pregnancy. Cheer up! The majority of women recover from their bouts of nausea and vomiting at around 14 weeks. But, until then, snack frequently, rest, drink carbonated drinks, get fresh air and try out a motion sickness band! If you have any other nausea fighting tips to share, feel free to leave them in the comments section! Happy pregnancy to you!