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You may be excited at the prospect of having a little bundle of joy, but one thing you definitely cannot be exciting about is the morning sickness you have to face before your little one arrives. Almost every pregnant woman – three out of four – experiences some kind of sickness in the first trimester of their pregnancy. Most of the time, this sickness strikes pregnant women during the morning hours – hence the name – but other women experience it in the afternoon, at night, and for some unlucky women, first trimester sickness is an all day affair. While there is no way to make morning sickness any fun, there are ways to make it a little bit more manageable. Give these tricks a try to help you get through those first few bumpy months of your pregnancy.
The first and most obvious thing you can do to make morning sickness a little more manageable is to avoid your triggers. Almost every woman has something that sets them off and running for bathroom, be it the smell of coffee or the look of their partner’s greasy breakfast sausage patties. Ban everything that flicks your morning sickness switch to help keep things in check. You’re the one carrying the baby – your husband can make do with heading to Starbucks for coffee for a couple of months! If you can’t handle eating something, even if you know it is good for you, skip it for now. Don’t choke down a morning piece of fruit if it is only going to come back up again!
You might also try keeping some nibbles by your bedside. When your stomach is empty, it can make you feel even worse than if you have something in it. Saltine crackers are the best friend of women who suffer from morning sickness, so keep some on your nightstand and munch on a few as soon as your eyes open. If you wake during the night, try eating a few then, as well. These snacks may help keep the nausea at bay.
Managing your dehydration is the key to helping keep your morning sickness in check. If you are vomiting often, water is probably not enough. Try drinking a sports drink to get your electrolytes back into balance and to keep your glucose levels steady. Though it lacks health benefits, a warm Coke or Sprite can do wonders for a queasy tummy. Don’t drink too quickly, however, or you may just churn things up again.
Choose your foods wisely when you do eat. Don’t eat spicy foods or acidic foods, unless you want some really unpleasant stomach trouble. Fried foods and fatty foods are generally frowned upon, but if they sound good to you, go for it. Some women find these kinds of foods actually make them feel a little better when they’re experiencing morning sickness. Some people believe protein makes their nausea a little bit better, but again, listen to your body and eat what you feel like you can eat without getting sick.
If these tips don’t keep the stomach upset to a minimum, there are still other things you can do. Ginger and peppermint are natural remedies for stomach upsets, so try drinking tea made with these ingredients, or sucking on a peppermint candy. Prenatal vitamins, especially ones that are high in iron, may also make your stomach more upset, so try not to take these on an empty stomach. If you are really having a hard time coping, some women have found that hypnotherapy has been helpful in dealing with morning sickness. Last but not least, acupuncture has made the difference for women suffering with severe morning sickness.
on Oct 13 2010. Filed under Acupuncture, Vitamins, Women.
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