Morning sickness, ugh! Waking up, feeling shaky and nauseous, and having to B-line it to the bathroom to vomit, this is pregnancy bliss? Ack! We know, not exactly fun. So, what’s the 411 on morning sickness?
For those of you lucky enough not to know what morning sickness is, it refers to the nauseous feeling that women get during the first trimester of pregnancy. For the rest of you, the ones who are actually reading this, because you can’t keep your Cheerios down, it’s incredibly common. Approximately 70% of women experience nausea-type morning sickness early in pregnancy and about 50% experience vomiting.
Despite its name, you can have morning sickness at any time of day. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean your baby is sick, and having morning sickness doesn’t actually hurt you or your baby. Pregnancy-related nausea is most often caused by the sudden increase of hormones in your body. In fact, morning sickness is one of the ways that many women first come to suspect they’re pregnant.
It’s usually mild and goes away about midway through your pregnancy. If, however, you have any of the following symptoms you should call or visit your doctor:
- You have flu-like symptoms, which may be a sign of illness
- You feel dizzy or lethargic
- You have severe vomiting throughout the day
- You can’t keep down any fluids or foods and are losing weight
- You think your nausea may be caused by iron in your prenatal vitamin
- You want to take anti-nausea medication or try a treatment like acupuncture
Sniff a Fresh Scent
Whether it’s the less-than-pleasant whiff of the garbage truck rumbling by, or the smell of your coworker’s perfume in a crowded elevator, certain scents will turn your tummy. This is because morning sickness is linked to higher levels of estrogen, which is the hormone responsible for smell. Higher estrogen = an enhanced sense of smell.
If you’re smelling something, anything, that’s making you feel sick, stop for a moment and try sniffing a fresh scent. There are several you can choose from, it all depends on your own personal preference. We suggest carrying a bottle of lemon extract or a sprig of fresh rosemary in your bag, mint may also work and stealthily sneak a sniff when needed.
According to The American Pregnancy Association you should eat small meals multiple times, up to 5-6 per day, to stave your cravings. Also, keep in mind that drinking liquids, particularly water, can help keep you full.
Know When To Sleep
As you probably already know, sleep is important. But this is especially true if you’re pregnant. Remember, you’re not just eating for two. You’re sleeping for two too! But it’s important you DON’T take a nap right after a meal because this, in some cases, can cause nausea.
This advice is so obvious that people often times end up neglecting it. Remember that when you’re pregnant you should have at least eight glasses of water a day. If you find drinking that much water difficult try adding a splash of cranberry juice or cucumber slices also chewing/sucking on ice chips can be effective. Tricking your body into feeling thirsty via eating salty foods like crackers can trigger thirst and may also dissipate the nausea you’ve been feeling. This, however, is not the greatest long-term solution for your struggles with water because crackers, potato chips and most other salty foods in large amounts can lead to high blood pressure and other health issues.
Other Things to Consider
If your nausea is severe, ask your doctor about vitamin B6 tablets or shots. Vitamin B6 has been linked to help with morning sickness. Be sure to get the prescribed amount rather than guessing. Too much vitamin B can be dangerous for your baby.
Ginger is also a natural root that can help with the nausea. Fresh chopped up ginger mixed with hot water and honey makes a soothing tea that’s great for anytime of the day. If you want more natural remedies, keep reading for Real Mom Daily approved tips and tricks to help get rid of morning sickness!
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