Though some mothers-to-be avoid the dreaded morning sickness, it is a fact that the large majority of women experience it to some degree during pregnancy. You may not be able to eradicate it completely from your experience, but there are actually a few things you can do to alleviate it and lessen the impact it has on your life during these months while awaiting the new member of your family. Read on for some simple things that could make a big difference.
At a time when your body is craving nutrients for both yourself and your unborn child, food becomes a central part of your life during pregnancy. The smallest amount of nourishment can go a long way when it comes to morning sickness. Before you even climb out of bed, try settling your stomach with some crackers. Keep them on the nightstand by your bed to make them accessible before you stand up. Make them light crackers, such as saltines, rather than heavy ones with a lot of wheat or proteins that have to be digested. The goal here is to settle your stomach, not provide major sources of nutrition. That comes later after your day is in full swing.
Rather than concentrating on regular full meals, try eating smaller ones throughout the day. This will prevent that feeling of excessive fullness that comes from large portions and will also give your body a constant supply of nourishment. Snack often, as long as the snacks are light and healthy. Remember that you are replacing full meals if you take this approach, so make sure that you are getting all the valuable vitamins, minerals and proteins in your light meals and snacks.
Unless your doctor objects for some reason, consider using bracelets that are designed to alleviate motion sickness. They are targeting nausea in part, so they could easily help with what is called morning sickness. As long as they are natural methods, there is no reason to take these types of approaches off the table.
When you start to feel nauseous, try sucking on a piece of hard candy. This can sometimes help, especially if the candy has soothing natural ingredients such as ginger. Some women report that chewing gum has the same effect. Avoid ones with excessive sugar and chemicals, as well as gums with artificial sweeteners that have been proven to have adverse effects. Your developing child will be more affected by small amounts of things that a fully developed human body can better handle.
If you begin to feel dizzy, do not hesitate to lay down until the feeling passes. Sometimes even a few minutes of peace and quiet can calm your stomach and refresh your stamina. Feeling lightheaded and dizzy is not something to ignore, so see a doctor if this condition is pervasive or occurs very often.
It may be impossible to avoid morning sickness and nausea throughout the day, but the insights here should give you some tools to work with in improving your condition. Do not be discouraged and know that things will usually be better after the first three months.