Morning sickness is one of the most difficult parts of pregnancy which most of the time is prevalent in the first trimester, however it can last up to 16 weeks or even beyond for some women. About 75% of women experience morning sickness in pregnancy, and the causes are likely due to the rising pregnancy hormones and estrogen in addition to low blood sugar. And, really, the term morning sickness is not accurate because you can experience nausea at any time of the day. However, if you can’t hold sips of water down and you are vomiting more than 5 times a day, then there is a good chance you have an extreme form of the pregnancy sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum or HG which needs medical attention immediately. However, in most cases, there are some simple hacks and remedies that help relieve nausea in pregnancy. And these hacks are not just nibbling on crackers and taking in ginger.
These hacks are different from that, and let’s go over 10 of them right now:
Lemon – Lemon has been known to help with relieving pregnancy sickness symptoms. You can suck on lemon-flavored candies, and sip on lemon-flavored tea (make sure the type you buy is safe to drink during pregnancy), and even lighting lemon-scented candles helps. And adding some lemon juice into water also helps. Or if scents don’t bother you, you can try sniffing lemon-scented essential oil.
Peppermint – Many pregnant women that have morning sickness have gotten relief from chewing peppermint gum, sucking on peppermint candy and sipping on peppermint tea. You can also sniff peppermint-scented essential oil as well which can help relieve symptoms.
Salty Baked Potato Chips – This may sound like an unusual hack but many pregnant women that have nausea during pregnancy have reported that nibbling on salty baked potato chips has been helpful for relieving nausea.
Stay Hydrated – It is difficult to drink water during pregnancy, especially if nausea is making it harder. However, the fact of the matter is, nausea worsens if you are not properly hydrated. Drinking that H2O is quite important so you can feel better, and it is necessary to function.
Eat Something Bland Before Getting Out Of Bed – If your nausea is worse in the morning as the term suggests, then the best thing to do is eat something bland like crackers and white bread before getting out of bed each morning. That may help nausea.
Don’t Get Out Of Bed Too Quickly – It is important to rise out of bed very slowly if you are feeling nauseous, and it is best to have something in your stomach as well. This will help alleviate morning sickness symptoms so you can get on with your day.
B6 And Unisom – This combination has helped many women that have experienced morning sickness. And you may be afraid that the Unisom could make you tired as it is meant to help you fall asleep. You may feel tired but at the same time you will still feel better and be functional.
Don’t Drink During Meal Time – This may sound like an odd hack but it is best to drink before or after eating. Drinking during your meals can upset your stomach and this is why a simple hack to alleviate nausea. If you are thirsty while eating and you cannot wait to drink, then have a sip and wait 10 to 15 minutes to eat the rest of your meal.
Keep Away From Fatty Foods – Greasy and fatty food is not good for you regardless but it will also aggravate nausea during pregnancy. That means it is best to avoid it altogether if you can. However, it is also important to take essential fatty acid supplements if you are unable to eat salmon. That should not upset your stomach because that is a good fat that you and your unborn baby need.
Eat Small And Frequent Bland Meals – The best thing to do when you are struggling with pregnancy-related nausea is to eat small and frequent bland meals. Stay away from anything greasy which was mentioned above, and keep away from spicy foods. And keep your portions small, and eat frequently. If you are unsure of what foods to eat then follow the BRAT diet. If your stomach is full then that means your blood sugar levels will be normal, which will help reduce nausea. Morning sickness is unpleasant but it is unfortunately a normal part of pregnancy. There are some very lucky women who don’t experience sickness at all, but that is the exception and not the rule. Take advantage of these hacks and you will feel better.