If only morning sickness was limited to the mornings, and if only it was the delicate nausea one sees in movies! Morning sickness can seem awful, and well, God knows you need a break from barfing up your breakfast!
Here’s some tips for coping with nausea during pregnancy, especially during the early months.
- For now, eat what you want. Avoid eating ( or seeing, or smelling, or even thinking about) anything that triggers the nausea, we will take care of nutrition once the queasiness passes.
- Eat early: The biggest trigger for nausea is an empty stomach, so make sure you have a small snack as soon as you wake up. In fact, keep some crackers on your bedside table, so you can munch on a couple as soon as you are up and about.
- Eat late: A part of the “eat small frequent meals” is to eat just before you are going to sleep, to make sure you can stave off the morning nausea.
- Eat often. Eat six mini-meals throughout the day, and more often if your tummy feels empty since these meals are easier to digest, and help avoid heartburn as well.
- Eat well. Avoid spicy, fried and processed foods, and look for options that are high in protein and complex carbohydrates.
- Drink well. Make sure you are drinking lots of fluids and the vomiting is not leaving you dehydrated.
- Take your prenatal vitamins to compensate for any nutritional deficiencies.
Ginger and lemon. An age old remedy for morning sickness is ginger. Try it in its raw form if it works for you, or in ginger cookies, ginger ale, ginger tea, ginger candies, ginger biscuits, or even crystallized ginger. Lemon is yet another hero: try sucking on lemon candy, or lemonade. In some cases
- For many women, Banana helps settle a queasy stomach. One of the hacks we have heard from expecting mothers is having banana early in the morning just after you wake up.
- Talk to your doctor: In case nothing seems to help, talk to your doctor. Less than 2 out of 100 women suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum, and your doctor is the best judge of when you need medical intervention.
Best of luck! This too shall pass over soon!
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