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Morning sickness might have been one of the first clues that you are expecting a baby – it doesn’t take long until you realize the nauseous feeling you’re experiencing is morning sickness.
Some days you may find yourself dealing with a difficult bout of morning sickness or that your nausea doesn’t happen in the morning but at night.
Yes, while it might be called morning sickness, it should be named all-day sickness if you ask me. UGH.
If your morning sickness is so severe that it keeps you from getting out of bed for hours and makes it nearly impossible for you to have anything to eat, follow the tips below.
These tips can help you eliminate that feeling of nausea while keeping you hydrated and making you feel much better.
(This advice is also good for pregnant mamas who feel their morning sickness is mild).
It is also important to remember that while the morning sickness is annoying to deal with, it usually does not last throughout the entire pregnancy (thank goodness!). Remember, if you struggling and you feel morning sickness is affecting your health, you should talk to your doctor about your concerns and get the care you need.
I felt like mine would never go away and then it just magically disappeared at 13 weeks! Phew.
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Essentials Tips To Combat Morning Sickness For New Moms
Have a Cup of Ginger Tea in the Morning and Before Bed
You can purchase ginger teabags at the store or make it at home using boiling hot water mixed with grated pieces of ginger.
Drinking a cup when you first get up in the morning and right before you go to bed can help you combat your morning sickness.
It is known to help those who suffer from motion sickness, too.
If you are going to drink the ginger tea, make sure you are not guzzling it.
Take your time while drinking it to see if it makes you feel better.
Not everyone is fond of the strong ginger flavor, but if it works to reduce your morning sickness symptoms, it may be something that you do not mind drinking each day.
I love mine with some lemon and a splash of honey to give it some flavor.
Drink as Much Water as Possible Every Day
Hydration is essential for all human beings.
It is even more important when you are pregnant.
If you are not hydrated, you may suffer from a broad range of side effects, including dizziness and nausea.
You may be dehydrated and unaware of it.
It is common for pregnant women to easily end up dehydrated because they are not consuming enough water and are also struggling with morning sickness.
Try to drink as much water as you can each day.
If you are properly hydrated, you might not feel as sick as you were feeling beforehand.
You can consume the water cold, warm, or hot. If you have a difficult time drinking water because of its plain taste, add lemon slices, lime slices, or even fresh berries to it for natural added flavor.
Try Eating Dry Foods When You Have Trouble Holding Food Down
You may have trouble holding some of your favorite foods down.
I was super sad when my go-to favorite Mexican dishes suddenly made me queasy.
It does not mean that you cannot eat these foods during your pregnancy, but you might want to hold off until you have managed to overcome the morning sickness that commonly occurs during the first trimester.
Dry foods often help combat morning sickness.
These foods would include saltine crackers, cereal without milk, peanut butter crackers, graham crackers, and pretzels.
Keep them around for times of the day when you feel most nauseous. If they help that’s great! Then, try to add more variety to your daily diet as you can handle it.
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Wear a Nausea Relief Wristband
Did you know that nausea relief wristbands are a thing?
These morning sickness bands have helped many women who were once struggling with morning sickness.
While several brands sell these wristbands, Sea-Band is one of the most popular and highly-rated brands on the market.
The wristbands are drug-free and safe to use while you are pregnant.
They rely on acupuncture to combat morning sickness.
You can read reviews to get more information on the wristband and how it has helped others overcome the frustrating symptoms they were experiencing while pregnant.
Avoid Consuming Heavy, Greasy Foods
Many pregnant women will have cravings for different foods, but you should avoid having anything that is too greasy or heavy on the stomach while suffering from morning sickness.
If you are vomiting more often than not, foods like pasta, pizza, and tacos can cause more harm than good by making you feel sick.
You can still indulge throughout your pregnancy, but you should try to wait until your morning sickness has subsided.
Stick to lighter options like toast, protein bars, plain pasta, smoothies, scrambled eggs, or anything else that you can handle without upsetting your stomach.
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Have Light Snacks Instead of Heavy Meals
Eating anything might seem like more of a chore for you these days because you are constantly feeling sick.
While you might not have much of an appetite, it does help to have light snacks instead of consuming large meals.
As long as you are fueling your body with some nutritious options, you are still getting the vitamins and nutrients that you and your unborn baby need.
Not sure what types of light snacks to have?
Consider apple slices with peanut butter, peanut butter crackers, carrots with hummus or ranch dip, and even mixed nuts.
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Avoid Getting Out of Bed Too Early When You Feel Sick
Try not to get out of your bed too fast when you suffer from morning sickness because it could make things worse.
When you first get up in the morning, try to inhale and exhale deeply for several minutes.
Gather your bearings, take a sip of water, and then work on getting out of bed.
If you hop right out of bed, you may feel dizzy and nauseous right away, causing you to run to the bathroom to vomit before you have managed to do anything else.
Some women will keep a stash of crackers by their bed to munch on before getting up too.
Take Your Prenatal Vitamins at Night Instead of the Morning
Some women say that the prenatal vitamins that were prescribed to them make them feel even worse.
It is not just a myth.
It is believed that the extra iron in these supplements may contribute to morning sickness, but each woman has a different experience.
If you are having that problem, try taking your prenatal vitamins at night instead of in the morning when you are first starting the day.
You want to take these vitamins because they are good for your baby’s development, but you do not want the vitamins to make you feel terrible the entire pregnancy either.
Additionally, you may consider adding vitamin B12 to your vitamin regime for fighting nausea. Some of my mom friends swore by it and I tried it for a while when my nausea was at it’s worst from week 6 to 10.
Try Taking Anti-Nausea Drops.
I was struggling big time for the first few months with work. As a physical therapist I’m always on my feet and don’t have time to stop for waves of nausea- as I’m sure you don’t either 🙂
Having ginger chews from Trader Joe’s were a life-saver for me.
There are tons of chews, drink mixes, and anti-nausea drops that can help calm your tummy and help you get on with your day.
Morning sickness is a struggle for many pregnant women.
If you are having a difficult time holding anything down, including water, you may want to consider trying some of the tips mentioned above that can make such a positive difference for you.
While some women do experience morning sickness throughout all three trimesters, most start to feel a lot better after the first trimester.
If your morning sickness is particularly bad and you can’t seem to improve things, consider speaking with your doctor or clinic for other methods for dealing with morning sickness. Severe cases like hyperemesis gravidarum, require medical attention to keep you and baby healthy.
I felt like I had a bad hangover for 3 months, but it was all worth it once I got that 2nd trimester burst of energy, ha.
You go this mama! Try your best to be patient and hang in there making that beautiful baby!