Feb 7, 2022

Hey Moms-to-Be: Tips for Combatting Morning Sickness

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There are so many milestones and parts of pregnancy to look forward to. But there are also some parts of pregnancy that are not as enjoyable. One of these is morning sickness. Morning sickness may affect expecting mothers at just the beginning of their pregnancies, or throughout the whole thing. Below, we’ll discuss some of the ways you can find relief from morning sickness.

What is morning sickness?

Some women experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. While it often occurs in the mornings, it can really happen at any time. Each person will experience morning sickness differently – for some it is mild, and for others, it can be severe and majorly disrupt everyday life.

Morning sickness can manifest in several symptoms, including:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Cramping
  • Fast heart rate
Most of the time, morning sickness is nothing to be concerned about, and it will pass on its own. However, you should never hesitate to reach out to your doctor about any concerns you have. It is especially important to talk to your doctor if you experience fainting, rapid heart-beat, severe pain, or dehydration.

How can you combat morning sickness?

1. Eat smaller meals throughout the day
During pregnancy, your digestive system slows down, meaning that it takes longer for the food you just ate to be fully digested. Because of this, eating larger meals can make you feel sick. Instead, try eating smaller meals more often. Snacking throughout the day can help ensure you get the nutrition you need without making you feel sick.
2. Take your B6 vitamins
B6 is usually included in prenatal vitamins, but you can actually benefit from taking even more B6 while pregnant. B6 can alleviate nausea by helping your body process amino acids.
3. Avoid triggers
Because pregnancy causes changes in hormones, certain foods or scents can trigger nausea. It is important to identify these triggers and eliminate them as much as possible. You may need to temporarily give up certain foods or avoid certain scents that may be in skincare products or candles.

On the other hand, certain scents such as peppermint, ginger, and lavender have been shown to help relieve nausea. You can try using these essential oils as a way to combat morning sickness.
4. Get fresh air
Taking time to step outside and breathe some fresh air can have benefits for your mental and physical health. You can try doing some simple exercise like yoga, or just sit outside and enjoy the fresh air.
5. Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated is especially important when you find it hard to keep liquids down. Vomiting causes your body to lose water faster than normal. If you are finding it difficult to keep water down, try some peppermint or ginger tea. Both of these are known for soothing the stomach, and they are also hydrating.
6. Get enough sleep
Sleep is one of those things that our body simply needs in order to function well. Often pregnancy can disrupt sleep cycles or make getting a full night’s sleep difficult. In those cases, taking naps throughout the day may be useful.

All of these things can help relieve morning sickness. But it is also important to remember that it won’t last forever, and soon you will be bringing a new life into the world. Take care of yourself and get plenty of rest, and soon you will hold your baby in your arms.

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