Surviving Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is probably one of the worst named things associated with pregnancy, almost as bad as “9 months.” The reality is that you can be sick any time of day while pregnant, especially in the first trimester of your 40-week long pregnancy. While this may sound intimidating, the good news is that there are many ways to ease your symptoms, and most morning sickness symptoms lessen throughout the second and third trimesters. Check below for some easy ways to survive morning sickness.
Morning Sickness Basics
Morning sickness refers to nausea and vomiting (sick stomach) that usually occurs between the 6th and 12th weeks of pregnancy in over 50% of pregnant women. Regular morning sickness will not hurt your baby, but be aware if symptoms get severe and you go an extended time without being able to eat or drink. In very rare cases, morning sickness can lead to a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum — which essentially means severe morning sickness that needs to be treated by a doctor.
Know when to eat
One of the easiest ways to survive morning sickness may also be one of the most unexpected. The answer is to eat. An empty stomach can lead to stronger sick stomach symptoms–so don’t let your stomach get empty if possible. Eat small meals often and snack on saltine-style crackers throughout the day, and even at night. Drink frequent, but small quantities of fluids too – but don’t overdo it and be careful of beverages with meals. Be sure to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and other substances as advised by your doctor.
Try baby-safe remedies
It is important that before you take any kind of medicine or anti-nausea cure, you consult with your doctor first. Many regular over-the-counter medicines like Alka Seltzer and Ibuprofen are not advised during pregnancy, even if considered safe without a prescription otherwise. That said, there are some home remedies that people have found successful in reducing symptoms. You can try eating, or even smelling, the following food and drink.
- Drink lemonade or sniff lemons
- Eat ginger chews, teas, or candies
- Snack on watermelon
- Try some salty potato chips
- Taste test some pregnancy lollipops. There are multiple brands available.
- Eat or smell some mint tea. A Girl Scout cookie might work here too, just saying.
- Take some vitamin B6.
Sometimes a sick stomach can’t be fixed by eating or drinking, but there are also some suggested remedies you can try. Remember to check with your doctor again, but many have found the following activities helpful.
- Light exercise, like treadmills or yoga, can help lessen morning sickness symptoms.
- Acupressure or acupuncture is often covered by insurance and can help lessen stress and nausea.
- Sit up after eating. Don’t lie down for at least 30 minutes or longer after a large meal, to avoid heartburn and indigestion.
- Avoid enclosed areas with strong smells, especially strong food smells. Seek fresh air.
Morning sickness is something you can survive, even if you won’t enjoy this part of your experience. Remember that morning sickness does not indicate trouble with your baby or pregnancy, but always check with your doctor if you have any doubts.