Morning Sickness Relief
Most pregnant women are bound to experience morning sickness as a side effect at some point. It’s estimated that around 90 percent of all pregnant women experience morning sickness in some form or another, whether it’s feelings of nausea or vomiting. Although morning sickness is quite normal, it’s not something that you’ll want to have. Fortunately, there are ways that you can lessen the effects of morning sickness. The following are a few effective ways that you can deal with morning sickness:
- Make sure that you stay hydrated – Although hydration is important whether you’re pregnant or not, becoming dehydrated can aggravate your morning sickness. Dehydration will cause nausea, after all. Because of this, make sure that you drink lots of water. If you’re not feeling thirsty, try eating something salty to trick yourself into wanting more water.
- Surround yourself with pleasant scents – When you’re pregnant, you’re going to have high estrogen levels. Estrogen also happens to be the hormone that is responsible for your sense of smell. This means that when you are pregnant, you are going to be much more sensitive to scent. Add scents to your home that are pleasant to help fight morning sickness. You can even bring things like fresh rosemary with you in your bag to sniff whenever you smell something unpleasant in your environment.
- Identify your morning sickness triggers – Keep track of when your morning sickness comes on. There may be a consistent trigger, such as a type of food you’re eating or a type of scent you may be smelling (such as a particular soap or someone’s perfume). Once you identify these triggers, it will be easier to avoid them.
- Consume ginger – Ginger has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal qualities. In fact, ginger has been shown to help sooth the stomach in the event of nausea. Ginger tea can be a great way to help soothe your morning sickness. If adding raw ginger to your tea doesn’t sound appealing, pick up some gingerbread or gingersnaps that you can snack on.
- Adjust your computer screen – While distracting yourself can help bring some relief to your morning sickness, doing so by staring at a computer screen may not always be the best bet. Computer screens tend to be very bright and have an undetectable strobe effect that could contribute to your feelings of nausea. You can adjust your screen by changing the background to a tan color and increasing the font size, both of which can help reduce the negative effect screens can have on nausea.
- Take medication – There are certain medications and supplements that you can take if your morning sickness is particularly bad. For example, the combination of Unisom, which is a sleep aid, and vitamin B6 can help alleviate morning sickness for some. For others, stronger prescription medications may be needed. However, you shouldn’t take anything unless your doctor recommends it.
- Bring items that help relieve nausea – Carry a small bag containing a toothbrush, some toothpaste, breath mints (or mouthwash) and some crackers. This way, if you do end up vomiting, you can do something to help relieve the feeling of nausea that may follow.
- Get some rest – Sometimes the best way to deal with morning sickness is to simply lay down and get some rest. Your body needs its sleep, especially if you are pregnant, so stay home if you have to!
These are just a few tips that can help you bring morning sickness relief during your pregnancy. For information or advice concerning your pregnancy options, be sure to contact us at Your First Look today.