Contrary to what the name suggests, morning sickness doesn’t affect pregnant women only in the mornings. Almost 80% of pregnant women experience this during mornings (or afternoons/night-time or 24/7). Although it doesn’t pose any health risk for the mother or the baby, it may cause a lot of discomfort and draining of energy. In medical terms, morning sickness is also known as nausea gravidarum or emesis gravidarum. Here are some easy tips for dealing with morning sickness:
- Sniff something fresh
According to senior dietician and nutritionist, Miriam Erick, “Morning sickness is often smell-associated”. During pregnancy, women have high levels of estrogen – a hormone that is also responsible for the sense of smell. Therefore, unpleasant smells can make you feel nauseous. Carry a bottle of lemon extract, or any fresh and pleasant smelling herb, and sniff it when you feel nauseous. This can help in dealing with morning sickness.
- Stay Hydrated
Although it might sound easy, getting those minimum 8 glasses of water a day to stay in your stomach might prove difficult with morning sickness. If you’re dehydrated, you’re more likely to increase your nausea. In case water triggers your nausea, try adding fruit slices to it. Coconut water is also a great option and so is ginger ale. Ginger is known to help with morning sickness. Drinking small sips of ice cold water may also be helpful in dealing with morning sickness.
- Identify your triggers
Certain foods are more likely to cause nausea and aggravate morning sickness. It could be anything – foods such as eggs, Brussel sprouts, coffee, tuna, and even things that you would have normally loved. Sometimes just the smell of the foods can turn you off and make you feel queasy. Keep a journal of what causes you to throw-up and avoid those foods.
- Carefully choose what you eat
Eating foods that are too spicy, fatty or fried could upset your digestive system and stomach. Even sugary or sweet stuff can cause your stomach to churn. Bland, carb-rich snacks like crackers, dry cereal and pretzels have helped many pregnant women ease through morning sickness. Popsicles and fruit treats can also help keep nausea at bay.
- Eat small, frequent meals
You may not be big on eating when you feel nauseous all the time, but it is important to make sure you don’t stay on an empty stomach. Eating in small quantities every two hours can help make you feel better. Skipping meals and avoiding them due to the fear of throwing up can only make things worse.
- Get plenty of rest
Tiredness and lack of sleep is known to aggravate morning sickness. Taking small naps through the day whenever you feel tired can help you stay refreshed all day. Also, stress can exacerbate nausea symptoms. Try meditation to get relief from stress and decrease the chances of morning sickness. Talk to our team of healthcare professionals at KIMS Cuddles.
- Eat right before bed and as soon as you wake
Eating carb rich and protein rich foods before going to bed and eating crackers as soon as you wake up can help prevent morning sickness.
If nothing works and you continue having symptoms of severe morning sickness, see your doctor. Our experienced doctors at KIMS Cuddles can help answer all your questions and put your mind at ease.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance