15 ways to ease morning sickness
Every mother has a unique pregnancy and if you are one of the unlucky ones who experience morning sickness we outline some ways to ease this. As many as eight out of ten women experience nausea in pregnant, with or without vomiting. It is difficult to prevent morning sickness completely, however there are some ways that you can ease your symptoms.
Eat small meals often
By eating small meals often you ensure that your stomach is never empty. This helps to keep your sugar levels even throughout the day and can combat nausea and morning sickness. Keep bland snacks like plain crackers or biscuits on hand to nibble throughout the day.
2. Eat protein-rich foods
3. Eat cold meals
Often the smells from cooking and warm food can bring on terrible nausea. Remember your sense of smell is heightened during pregnancy so even your favourite smells may lead you queasy. If you are suffering from terrible nausea try eating cold meals until this passes.
4. Eat in bed
5. Keep a morning sickness diary
6. Drink between meals
7. Get plenty of rest
Pregnancy is an exhausting time, the stress and tiredness can make your morning sickness even worse. Make sure to get plenty of rest and relaxation when ever you can.
8. Sniff lemons!
9. Settle your stomach with ginger
10. Take pregnancy multivitamins
Pregnancy vitamins may help reduce morning sickness and nausea, although there is little scientific proof. Sometimes nausea is your body’s way of telling you that you can missing something. If this does not work for you, at least you are still getting the nutrients that you and baby need.
11. Try a complementary therapy
By seeing a qualified therapist in reflexology or aromatherapy, you may cope with your morning sickness. Make sure that the treatment is suitable for pregnant women. Most of the time these therapies work well because it allows you to relax and get some time out. If you find something that works for you, you can also try these methods at home. Acupressure can be effective, you can buy wristbands to apply pressure or press on the acupuncture points on your wrist.
- Use one hand on the inside of your opposite wrist, measuring up three finger widths from the crease between your hand and arm.
- At the point where your third finger is, lift the pressure off until you are just touching the skin and feel lightly for a slight dip. Press into this dip.
- Don’t press too deeply as it will feel bruised. Press this point every time you feel a wave of nausea hitting.
12. Get some fresh air
Often fresh air and stretching your muscles can may you feel better. Try take a walk or even just sit outside on a bench. Some light exercise like a short walk may make you feel better. If movement such as driving in a car makes your sickness worse, make sure to open the window. Try listening to music with frequent pulsations, this may recondition the balance mechanisms in your inner ear easing your nausea.
13. Talk to friends who understand
14. Don’t worry about a balanced diet
Your body will tell you what you need. Often your cravings will be your body’s way of telling you what nutrients are depleted. You can also focus on eating a balanced diet later on in your pregnancy. Don’t force yourself to eat anything as this usually makes your nausea even worse.
15. Try some peppermint tea
Try sipping peppermint or spearmint tea, sugar-free sweets or chewing gum may also help. If using the essential oil, the strong smell may not suit everyone. Other herbal remedies include Lemon tea, Elm lozenges or small amounts of camomile tea. The effects can be short-lived so you may have to rotate and try the remedies in combinations.