Pregnancy is a beautiful and exciting time for mothers, but the morning sickness that often comes with it can be extremely difficult to deal with. Nausea can affect up to 80 per cent of pregnant women, and about half of those that actually experience bouts of vomiting. For most women, morning sickness usually only lasts for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, with symptoms being at their worst around the 8 week mark. For some, it can even last beyond this and into the last trimester.
Everyone experiences symptoms of morning sickness in different ways, so it is important to find the foods and remedies that work the best for your body. Here are some remedies that other mothers have found works for them.
Pregnancy is an exciting time for expecting mothers and their families, but the nausea and vomiting that can come with it can be extremely exhausting and painful. It’s important to find the remedies that work best for your body in helping to keep your stomach settled, to reduce morning sickness.
This seems like an obvious one, but getting the recommended 8 glasses a day can be extremely difficult when you’re struggling to keep anything down. Despite this, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough fluids because the more dehydrated you are, the more nauseous you become. To make it a little easier to keep your fluids down, try opting for cold or hot beverages rather than lukewarm, sometimes a medium temperature can induce gagging. It’s also important to take small sips and drink your fluids gradually, rather than sculling large amounts at once, which can also increase feelings of nausea.
Eat small amounts regularly
When it comes to eating, many women find that switching up their eating habits to have 6 or more smaller meals throughout the day, rather than 3 larger meals, can help to keep a more settled stomach. Preventing your tummy from being empty prevents your stomach acids from feeding on your stomach lining, which can aid in preventing nausea. It’s a good idea to eat as soon as you wake up, and pack small snacks such as crackers or nuts to make sure you’ve always got something on hand to avoid hunger. Plain foods like dry toast or saltine crackers are also the easiest to stomach when you’ve been vomiting.
Get a little Ginger in your diet
Ginger is popular in Chinese medicine for it’s numerous healing benefits, one of which being its ability to calm an upset stomach. Adding some slices of ginger to a cup of tea or a juice are a great way to get a little bit of ginger into your diet while also increasing your fluid intake. If drinking ginger tea isn’t really your thing you can also stock up on some crystallised ginger and add it to your snack pile to munch on throughout the day.
Sip on peppermint tea
If you can’t stand ginger, never fear, peppermint is here. Peppermint tea is equally as good at settling your stomach and easier on the tastebuds for those that don’t enjoy the spice of ginger. Sipping slowly on hot peppermint tea can reduce queasiness and nausea and it’s also a great way to keep your fluid intake up.
Take a multivitamin
Zinc and vitamin B6 are both beneficial in helping prevent nausea, they have both been shown to reduce morning sickness symptoms in some patients. You can take them both individually but most pregnancy multi-vitamins will contain them along with a variety of other nutrients essential for a healthy pregnancy.
Get lots of rest
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution, if you’re struggling to get yourself out of bed in the morning to go to work, call in sick. Take a day off and get extra rest. Your body is working overtime growing that baby so you need to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Plus, many doctors and mothers have said that sleep is the best way to escape morning sickness.
You probably don’t feel like going for a long run or hitting the gym when you’re feeling nauseous, but a gentle walk outdoors can do wonders for your body. Just walking 20 minutes a day can help release endorphins that will counteract the feelings of fatigue and nausea. Getting some fresh air can also help calm a queasy tummy.
If symptoms persist it might be worthwhile to make an appointment with your doctor to discuss potential medication that can help ease your morning sickness. or would like to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.