In the middle of your joy about your pregnancy, it is likely that you may experience nausea with or without vomiting, that can occur at any time of the day or night. This symptom in pregnant women is commonly known as morning sickness. Some females don’t get it, some feel it now and then and others are sick several times a day. Usually, it is known to settle after the third month.
Often, the first sign of pregnancy is morning sickness, as it is a noticeable reason for discomfort. Do you know what causes it? In the first trimester, a significant rise in hormone levels (progesterone and oestrogen) alters or enhances your sense of taste and makes your sense of smell more intense. For most of you, this results in the ordinary morning sickness symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Hypersensitivity may also increase due to rising stress and anxiety.
Remedies for morning sickness, which are never a quick fix, always fall short of the relief of when your baby is born! Here are some tips to help you have an easier time:
1. It is advised for you to eat frequent, small meals
Having little meals throughout the day will keep your blood sugar levels stable and stomach would not be completely empty, minimizing the queasy feeling of nausea.
Whole grain cereals & bread; eggs on toast and other similar options are good for breakfast, by virtue of being slow-release carbohydrates.
2. Smart snacking is essential
Eat foods that are light on the stomach such as crackers, wholegrain toast, a hot baked potato, cooked pasta, cooked rice or fruit. Avoid foods which may sit in your stomach longer such as rich and greasy things that will increase morning sickness.
3. Climb out of your bed slowly
An abrupt move, change from lying down to standing suddenly increases the feeling of dizziness and subsequently, nausea.
4. Rest well
Sleep helps your body rest and recover, renew itself, and helps relax you. For women who don’t get enough sleep, nausea might worsen and they may even suffer from acidity.
5. Lessen anxiety and stress
When you experience nausea and vomiting during your pregnancy, stress is not going to help you in any way to manage it. A clear mind and stress-free body are easier to handle at this time.
6. Try to reduce the smells around you
Keep the kitchen ventilated very well to exhaust lingering cooking odours. Cold foods have less odour and may be easier to swallow for you. Too many smells overwhelm your senses and may make you feel very nauseous.
7. Avoid extra spicy foods
Meals prepared with strong peppers and garlic may aggravate your sense of taste and smell, and increase pregnancy nausea.
8. Drink water at regular intervals or suck on ice
It keeps you hydrated if you’ve been vomiting frequently and also washes away the bad taste in your mouth, preventing further vomiting. It is important to contact your doctor if you start to vomit more than twice daily.
9. Exercise regularly
It will help your body become healthier and build your stamina. It also relieves the stress that may be contributing to your morning sickness, further leading you to sleep better at night.
If you are too concerned about your morning sickness, consult with your doctor. You can also look for other options not thought of before, such as safe anti-nausea medication for pregnant women. For all the discomforts it causes, morning sickness is a temporary thing that will go away soon enough. Chin up and cheer up moms to be!