Congratulations, you’re pregnant! The elation that you’re feeling may soon be curtailed by perhaps the most unpleasant of pregnancy symptoms—morning sickness.
What’s Morning Sickness?
Morning sickness, one of the first signs of pregnancy for many expectant moms, typically begins around the 6th week of pregnancy and tapers off around the 12th week of pregnancy, or the end of the first trimester. The nauseated feeling associated with morning sickness is due to the body’s response to the surge of human chronic gonadotropin (HCG), aka the pregnancy hormone, during the first trimester. Morning sickness, also called nausea gravidarum, can be accompanied with vomiting and dizziness, and for some the nauseated feeling lasts well past the noon hour and into the evening.
Make It Go Away
We’ve compiled 9 tried and true remedies to keep the queasiness at bay, so try a few (or try them all) and let us know what worked best for you!
- Start The Day Right: Never allow your stomach to be empty, especially in the morning! Keep a handful of saltine crackers on your bedside table, and eat a few each morning before starting your day.
- Eat Often: Low blood sugar can trigger nausea, so eat a snack or small meal every three hours. Create a list of foods that you currently enjoy eating, as taste and smell aversions begin to form during the first trimester.
- Drink Up: Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day to avoid dehydration. Water, milk, and juice are all suitable beverages, as are anti-nausea ginger ales, ginger teas and carbonated waters.
- Take Your Vitamins Correctly: Prenatal vitamins can be disruptive to the stomach, so swallow or chew them during your biggest meal of the day, suggests renowned pediatrician Dr. Sears.
- Make Ginger Your New Best Friend: Ginger is commonly used to treat stomach upset thanks to its anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory properties. Candied ginger, hard ginger candy, ginger soda, and ginger tea are all excellent options for naturally curbing nausea.
- Apply Pressure: Wear acupressure bracelets—such as Seaband bracelets —that feature a plastic stud which, when positioned properly on the wrist, apply continuous pressure on the P6 point. This drug-free, anti-nausea solution will not cause you to experience any side effects, just relief.
- Chew Gum: Chewing gum to prevent nausea, but choose a brand that contains sugar to avoid the artificial sweeteners in the sugar-free varieties.
- Opt For Complex Carbs: Incorporate more complex carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta, into your diet, as your body metabolizes them quicker, leaving you feeling satisfied and energized.
- Ditch The Physical Labor: If completing certain physical tasks exacerbates your morning sickness, consider asking a co-worker, family member or friend for help.
Contact your healthcare provider if you experience excessive nausea and vomiting and/or if your morning sickness symptoms extend well into your second trimester of pregnancy.