Tips To Help Deal With Morning Sickness

February 5, 2021

There's nothing more exciting than pregnancy - knowing that you are going to bring a precious life into this world is an incredible feeling. With that being said, some ladies experience nine months of undesirable symptoms, including morning sickness. Even the slightest smell can make you feel incredibly ill. Although some days it may feel like nothing will help, here are a few tips to potentially reduce morning sickness so that you can enjoy this remarkable life event.

Rest, Rest, And More Rest

I know, it's easier said than done, but getting enough rest during your pregnancy is critical. If you are overly tired, this can make symptoms worse and you're more likely to feel ill. Many women have agreed, that sleep most certainly helps. In many cases, a lack of sleep can actually trigger symptoms of morning sickness.

If you get at least eight hours a day, it's more likely that you will be able to tackle the day ahead. You may need to make some adjustments to your current schedule. Meaning, most nights, avoid watching TV and sleep instead. Sleep as you need it, reducing your risk of sickness. It's also important to rest plenty so that you can remain active during the day and getting enough sleep will help you achieve this.

Avoid Certain Foods

There are most definitely foods that can cause you to feel the effects of morning, afternoon, and night sickness. Of course, each scenario is unique, as each woman may experience an unpleasant experience with some foods but not others. Start by avoiding foods and smells that personally make you sick - if lamb, for instance, is causing immense nausea, then it's best to avoid it.

If your partner loves it, they can take one for the team. After all, you are enduring the pregnancy - seems fair enough, right? It's recommended that you stay away from spicy and greasy foods, as well as caffeine. Eat small meals and eat often, sourcing nutrient-rich foods that are fairly bland. Plain fruits and vegetables, plain baked potatoes, applesauce, soups, etc.

Drink Plenty Of Fluids

Maintaining high levels of hydration is imperative. It may be challenging to drink your recommended eight to nine glasses of water each day, but the truth is, the more dehydrated you are, the more nauseous you're bound to feel.

If you're really struggling to keep water down, try sucking on some ice cubes or add a splash of apple cider vinegar and honey to your water. Ginger is also the perfect addition to any water or tea, naturally soothing your stomach. Start regularly brewing ginger tea or zest fresh ginger into your water.

Reduce Exposure To Your Personal Triggers

Pregnant woman having morning sickness during

As mentioned, everyone experiences their own personal triggers. In most pregnancies, the sight, taste, or smell of meat or potent-tasting vegetables is a common trigger. Researchers believe that these foods were historically prone to foodborne bacteria, potentially resulting in illness. This is why many expecting mothers prefer foods such as crackers, rice, and bread, as they carry a lower risk of contamination.

Although research is still being conducted, it's believed that morning sickness can also be caused by hypoglycemia, more commonly known as low blood sugar. This is why it's important to eat snacks throughout the day, as the placenta will be draining your energy. You should avoid your exposure to alcohol and cigarette smoke regardless, however, if you are around someone who drinks and smokes on a regular basis, it's important to distance yourself from these substances.

Remain Active

Active pregnant woman.

Once again, this will depend on the individual as exercise has helped many women conquer their morning sickness symptoms. Starting an active regimen early on in your pregnancy is recommended, helping you improve posture and increase energy levels.

Not only does exercise help many women reduce morning sickness, but it also reduces your risk of gestational diabetes and damaging stress levels. Keeping your body active is important, but working out your mind can help reduce symptoms as well. When your mind is busy, you're less prone to focus on uncomfortable symptoms. Get into crossword puzzles, catch up on some reading, or whatever else you like to do in order to stimulate your mind.

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