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SIX Tips For Surviving Morning Sickness
Did you know that nearly 90% of women experience morning sickness during pregnancy? While the name implies that it happens in the morning, morning sickness can happen at any time during the day or night. It can last a few minutes or even all day long! The severity of morning sickness is also very different for each woman. Some women may feel a light nausea while nearly 30% of women will actually vomit during morning sickness.
As for myself, I was on the fairly easier side of morning sickness but still occasionally had to have some one on one time with the toilet. I did find a few tricks thought that helped with the morning sickness.
1) Calm Down. When morning sickness started during my first pregnancy, I worried I wasn’t eating enough for my growing baby. Thankfully my doctor told me that during morning sickness, the baby is so tiny that as long as I was taking my prenatals and drinking lots of water everything would be fine. My morning sickness lasted until just before I would need extra calories to support my baby!
2) Sea Band Mama If you are familiar with Sea Bands, you might be surprised to learn that they now carry an entire line to help women with morning sickness! The Sea Band Mama comes in a cute pink color and puts gentle acupressure on your inner wrist to help with nausea. While I haven’t used them for morning sickness, I did use my free sample of Sea Band Mama during my ovulation cycles and noticed that my body had much less nausea during the two days where ovulation makes me really sick.
3)Aromatherapy. Along with the washable and reusable Sea Bands, Sea Band also now has roll on aromatherapy for expectant mothers which uses essential oils to help with upset stomach. The essential oil comes in an easy to use rollerball tube and smells minty and refreshing.
4) Ginger. My mom was the first person to tell me about using ginger candies to help with morning sickness. While I was thankful for the advice I wasn’t too keen on using candy in general during pregnancy. Thankfully, Sea Band Mama now has ginger lozenges that also contain folic acid (an important vitamin during pregnancy) so I can ease nausea but also provide needed vitamins to my growing baby.
4) Bland Food. During my bouts of morning sickness, I did find some solace in certain bland foods. Crackers were great to keep by my bed (an empty stomach in the morning made morning sickness much worse). Also, at other times when I felt I could eat but was nervous I might not keep much down, I found that rice cakes and plain baked potatoes took the edge off and didn’t result in time hugging the toilet.
5) Soda. I was told quite a bit that ginger ale might do the trick. I tried it a few times but had very little relief. Then a friend’s mother suggested I should try soda (like coke) straight from a fountain. My love affair with cherry coke from a fountain began. The extra bubbles actually made my tummy feel much better and I could satisfy a new craving at the same time! Keep in mind, however, to watch how much caffeine you intake during pregnancy!
6) Take Your Prenatals at night. All of the vitamins and minerals in your prenatals can possibly make morning sickness even worse. If you have been taking them in the morning and notice more nausea, consider taking them at night so the worst happens during your sleep while you aren’t trying to move and go about your day! Can’t seem to get that huge horse pill of a vitamin down? Try a liquid Prenatal which can be taken as is or mixed into your favorite juice!
What tricks helped you survive morning sickness? Please share in the comments below and help some first time moms-to-be out!