Tips for Dealing with Morning Sickness
Pregnancy nausea or what some people simply call ‘morning sickness’ is a pretty common problem faced by most pregnant women out there. The degree of morning sickness varies among women, and it can even change from pregnancy to pregnancy. Sometimes what works for baby number one may not really work for baby two. Pregnancy nausea or morning sickness as the case may be mostly caused by the overproduction of hormones during pregnancy. This hormone is known as “Human Chorionic gonadotropin hormone (HCG)”- almost exclusively in the placenta. Yeah, I know medical terminology could be a pain in the neck to pronounce. The HCG hormone levels found in the female blood and urine usually increases dramatically during pregnancy in the first trimester. This excess hormone (HCG) produced contributes to causing nausea and vomiting that often comes with being pregnant. There are other factors that are responsible for morning sickness among those may include having a low blood sugar level or your body may be reacting to changes in the body during pregnancy. So now that we know what pregnancy nausea is and what causes it let us go straight to the tips to avoid or reduce morning sickness.
PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO YOUR DIET
This is basically the biggest tip of all. Knowing what to eat and how much to eat is vital. There are foods you can avoid or embrace that causes or reduces the feeling of nausea respectively. These are;
- Caffeine typically found in coffee. I know it could be a difficult habit to halt especially for us ladies who genuinely are in need of a cup of coffee to begin a bright new day just like myself. The solution could be for you to replace coffee with tea. Unlike caffeine, tea has the right amount of blood sugar balance that you need.
- Staying away from foods with a powerful, unique scent like Sulphur. This scent can be found in foods like eggs, broccoli, onions, sprouts, etc. Don’t get me wrong, we all love onions and eggs, and I am not saying you should you stay away from them? No. All that I am trying to convey is that during the period that you are feeling nauseated, do try to stay away from the smell as they tend to increase the sickness that you may be currently feeling.
- Stay away from seafood. Then again, we all love exotic foods from time to time, don’t we? It has been well researched the fact that seafood can contribute to pregnancy nausea. So those shrimps and fishes might have to wait.
- I have been mentioning a lot of things to avoid. Now let’s talk about common foods that are great to reduce morning sickness. Rice is a fantastic and healthy example, another great example is eating cooked vegetables like carrots or pumpkin, and fruits in general which are easy to digest and have a mild sweetness to them. Another option to consider that can be a great option to add to your meals is chicken or turkey; it is an excellent source of protein for you and your little one. Also, ginger and peppermint are fantastic cool drinks to make in order to relieve nausea.
- Lastly, do not skip meals! This is a crucial component that will help improve your pregnancy experience. Even if you’re not hungry, try to eat something very light. Morning sickness spikes when you are running on an empty stomach.
DO TRY TO EXERCISE AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE YOUR BODY NEEDS MORE THAN YOU KNOW
We all know that when you have morning sickness, the last thing you would feel like doing is moving your body. What you would probably feel like doing is lying in bed in an awkward position but going out to stretch your muscles a little is an excellent remedy to nausea. No one said you should do a hardcore exercise like heavy weight lifting instead some light cardio and body stretches will do the trick.
TRY YOGA, ACUPUNCTURE, AND MASSAGES
All three body therapies are excellent to relax the body and mind against morning sickness. They are great for supporting your organs during pregnancy. However, it is paramount you use a licensed/professional therapist.
TAKING PRESCRIBED OR RECOMMENDED DRUGS
Like I said earlier the degree of morning sickness varies among women or different pregnancy so sometimes taking the right drug can help. Please visit a professional and licensed doctor for the right prescription if you find it challenging to deal with pregnancy nausea. However, I would recommend you take vitamin B (also see a doctor for the correct dosage and usage)
PREGGIE POP DROPS
I know that it sounds like a weird remedy to add but preggie pop drops are fantastic! I am not advertising this product, but it has worked for a lot of women. It is natural, drug-free and recommended by doctors. It comes in different flavors such as sour raspberry, green apple, sour lemon and sour tangerine which all contain vitamin B-6. All you do is enjoy them!
I certainly hope that you find this small guide useful and that it aids you to get past the morning sickness all women find stressful and quite annoying. Also remember, this is only, but a phase and I can assure you that it will pass. I firmly believe that it is better to have the right mindset to help you get through those overwhelming and stressful moments when everything around you seems to have a scent that makes you want to run. So when that happens, try to breathe, relax and have your favorite essential oil handy because I am sure that it will help to ease your mind and spirit. Most mostly take as many me times and naps as possible, you and your little one need it and remember when there is a happy momma, there is a happy baby!
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