Oh hey there mama! You’re pregnant and expecting a gorgeous bundle of joy soon enough. Your families are overjoyed, and you cannot wait for the new addition to yours. You are glowing, treating your body right, and feeding it properly. Sounds absolutely peachy!
But, pregnancy is not all rainbows and sunshine. Sure, it is a wonderful and magical process but it does come with its fair share of difficulties. One of the more bothersome and trying aspects of pregnancy is morning sickness.
What is morning sickness?
Morning sickness refers to pregnant mamas experiencing nausea or vomiting during their term. It usually occurs during the first trimester, but some mamas experience it throughout their pregnancy. While it can occur at any time during the day, it typically occurs during the mornings.
It is definitely one of the less pleasant changes during your pregnancy. However, there are a few ways to control, reduce or handle morning sickness. Luckily, we have five simple tips to help with morning sickness.
Morning Sickness Foods
There are many types of foods to consume that will help with morning sickness. However, there are also some foods that you might want to avoid. These foods increase morning sickness symptoms and hence, are best avoided.
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Foods Recommended for Morning Sickness
- Yogurt – greek yogurt, fruit yogurt
- Fresh fruits and vegetables – berries, leafy greens
- Herbal teas – peppermint, chamomile, lavender
- Ginger and ginger-dense foods – ginger ale, hard ginger candies
- Crunchy foods – crackers, chips, pretzels
- Bland foods – chicken broth, whole wheat bread, baked potatoes
Foods NOT Recommended for Morning Sickness
- Caffeinated drinks – coffee, soda
- Spicy foods – anything with hard spices
- Greasy foods – fast food
- High sugar foods – cookies, cake
- Garlic and onion
- Strong smelling foods – sauerkraut
Check Your Mealtimes
A simple yet important tip to consider is when you eat. It is always better to eat smaller portions than larger ones. A lot of the time, this means eating multiple times during the day. That is okay. Not only is that easier to digest, but it also does not strain your body’s digestive system.
Eating larger or heavier meals is far more difficult to digest. And the chances of throwing up are also higher. You might want to consider eating snacks (like crackers or pretzels) before commencing a meal. This helps you control your portion size and also prepares your stomach for a bigger meal.
Anti-Nausea Acupressure Wristband
While these wristbands were originally made for sea sickness, some mamas have found them greatly helpful for morning sickness. These bands are available in many different levels of pressure. You can check and see which ones work for you best. Besides, acupressure in itself is also a great choice. You can consult with a specialist and see if it works for you.
Double Check Your Vitamins
Prenatal vitamins are very important during your pregnancy. They provide necessary nutrients to your body that your diet might not necessarily be fulfilling. For instance, some older women need to take iron and folic acid during their pregnancy.
However, your vitamins can sometimes add to your morning sickness symptoms. If you suspect that this is the case, consult your doctor. They might recommend other prenatal vitamins that are equally effective but do not contribute to more morning sickness symptoms.
Get In Touch With Your Doctor
Even though morning sickness is a perfectly normal part of the pregnancy process, do not hesitate to contact your doctor. If you are a first-time mama, you will not be familiar with morning sickness and how to handle it. Remember that your doctor is there to help you through every stage of your pregnancy.
Although mild morning sickness is not harmful to either mama or child, the following morning sickness symptoms need a doctor’s attention:
- Vomiting paired with fever or pain
- Inability to keep any food down
- Prolonged nausea over long periods of time
- Persistent morning sickness following the first trimester
Persistent morning sickness is a cue to call your doctor immediately because it gets in the way of eating. Without a regular intake of nutritious food, you will start to lose weight. Besides, not eating will severely affect you and your baby.
You should never hesitate to contact your doctor in any case. Whether or not your morning sickness is severe, your doctor might give you helpful tips to overcome it.
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