Are you about to be blessed with a little bundle of joy but cannot last a day without feeling nauseous? You may be experiencing what many call the “morning sickness.” Though it does not necessarily strike during mornings—with some experiencing it during the evenings or in the afternoon—“morning sickness” is a common sign that you are indeed pregnant.
Also known as “nausea and vomiting of pregnancy” to medical practitioners, this symptom usually begins during the 6th week and lasts until the end of your pregnancy’s first trimester. Though some lucky few do not experience morning sickness during the course of their pregnancy, about 75% still need all the help they can get to thrive through this difficult-but-worth-it time part of their gestation.
To ease morning sickness, experts advise pregnant women to follow these tips:
- Grab a bite before bed. Eating a small snack before sleeping to ease the nausea.
- Eat a plain dry crackers, biscuits or cookies 30 minutes before getting up in the mornings.
- Instead of the regular 3 big meals, eat small helpings frequently.
- Refrain from eating acidic foods such as citrus fruits and tomatoes.
- Avoid foods which are spicy and contain too much fat.
- Eat foods with ginger (i.e. ginger sweets, ginger cookies, and even ginger chewing gum)
- Suck boiled sweets, ice chips or ice lollipop.
- Eat foods high in Vitamin B6 like tuna, pepper, chicken, spinach, turkey, cod, rice and garlic.
- Eat mint-flavored candies.
- But eat whatever you wish.
- Drink 30 minutes before eating.
- Try drinking peppermint or chamomile tea or a specially formulated tea for pregnancy.
- You may also try lemon tea or any fizzy lemon or orange beverages or even fizzy water.
- Try undergoing acupressure or acupuncture. Or wear an acupressure wrist band.
- If you are feeling quite dizzy, you may try smelling a sliced lemon.
- Let your eyes rest and take short naps.
- Get some help around the house. Don’t force yourself to cook if the smell triggers your nausea.
- Use homeopathic granules or essential oil sprays.
- You may use lucozade provided you consider its content especially the caffeine in it.
- Do relaxation and breathing exercises.