Dealing with Morning Sickness

It’s estimated that about half of pregnant women will experience morning sickness. For most, the morning sickness will go away by the end of the first trimester.

If you are experiencing morning sickness, there are several tips to help ease your suffering.

The number one tip recommended by Medical News Today online is to get plenty of sleep and block out as much light as possible when you do. They also suggest using a maternity body pillow to support your back and stomach.

Babycenter.com suggests having small meals throughout the day to keep your stomach from getting empty. Eat that food slowly and you may want to try foods that are higher in protein. Definitely avoid fatty and spicy foods and caffeine. It’s also a good idea to keep crackers by your bed. You can have some if you wake up feeling sick in the middle of the night. It’s also suggested that you have a cracker or two when you wake up. After eating the crackers you should wait about 20 minutes before getting up for your day.

WebMD suggests that you take note of any smells that might make you feel sick and then avoid them. This could be unpleasant odors or even perfumes. The smells of lemon extract and rosemary are thought to help morning sickness.

Flickering lights also trigger morning sickness is some women. You may not even realize it, but that computer you are using could be causing your morning sickness. If you have to use a computer, medicalnewstoday.com suggests that you make fonts bigger and bolder and change the background to tan or pink.

Some find ginger to be helpful. This could be in the form of ginger ale or a slice of ginger in water or tea which may ease your nausea.

Speaking of drinks—the colder the better. Make sure you are well hydrated as dehydration can cause nausea. Some expectant moms swear by flat Sprite or decaffeinated colas. Sucking on ice cubes made from water or fruit juice may help also.

Babycenter.com also suggests taking your prenatal vitamin with food or right before bed. Medicalnewstoday.com concurs and says if prenatal vitamins are giving you trouble, consider switching to a children’s vitamin which are usually easier to digest.

Morning sickness can happen at any time, not just in the morning. It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor if you are being impacted by nausea during your pregnancy.