Now that we have discussed the causes and factors contributing to developing of morning sickness among pregnant women in this article it is now time to talk about the different remedies you can do to alleviate the symptoms of the said pregnancy complication.
While the feeling of nausea and vomiting is truly dreadful, there has been a study from the Institute of Health Sciences at Oxford which shows that it is a healthy sign of pregnancy and can even provide a positive outcome to both the mother and the baby.
There are still no concrete reasons as to why morning sickness happens, however, the changes in the body play a major role in contributing to its symptoms.
In this article, we have come up with a series of remedies that you can do to help lower the severity and frequency of morning sickness.
Eat A Few Pieces of Dry Crackers Before Getting Out Of Bed
There has been assumptions that fluctuating blood sugar levels play a role in aggravating the symptoms of morning sickness. What you can do to lighten the feeling of nausea and vomiting is to have some pieces of dry crackers before completely getting out of bed. The reason being is to help stabilize your blood sugar and prevent the feeling of nausea or dizziness that can eventually lead to vomiting.
Sniff Something Fresh
Pregnant women like you may have an extra sensitive sense of smell. A sensitive sense of smell usually triggers the brain’s control center which might induce vomiting. Try smelling something fresh like lemons or fresh rosemary to combat the unpleasant smell brought about by the scents you do not currently fancy like strong perfumes or body sprays.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
Hydration is very important not only for pregnant women but for everyone else as well. Dehydration contributes a lot in aggravating the signs and symptoms of morning sickness, so it is better to keep track of your hydration status. If you feel like your stomach is not accepting any liquids, you can try tricking it by crunching on some ice cubes or by eating a few chips that can trigger your thirst complex so you start drinking a few sips of water.
Small Frequent Meals
Instead of munching on large meals three times a day, try dividing your meals into six small equal feedings so as not to aggravate your stomach and trigger the feeling of nausea leading to vomiting. Try also incorporating foods that do not have such strong smells and opt for those that somehow taste bland. You can try munching on fresh vegetables, cheese, dry crackers, yogurt, and the like. Foods with no strong odor usually saves you from the symptoms of morning sickness. These small meals should have an interval of at least 3 to 4 hours to keep your energy at bay and avoid occurrence of decreased blood sugar levels.
Incorporate Ginger In Your Drink
Whether you are going to include it in a cup of tea or a glass of warm water, ginger has been known for centuries to cure symptoms of morning sickness as it also curbs down inflammation of the stomach muscles. It also decreases the activity in the colon which alleviates the signs and symptoms of morning sickness.
Brush Your Teeth
Sometimes, the lingering taste of food is what triggers the vomiting reflex in our body. To help prevent this, make sure to brush your teeth after meals to minimize the lingering taste and odor of the previous meal you have eaten.
Do Not Skip Breakfast
As mentioned above, divide your meals into six equal feedings as much as possible, but never skip breakfast. Also, be sure that you portion your meals accordingly or you can put the most nutritious food options during breakfast and simply distribute the remaining throughout the day.
While the feeling of nausea and the urge to vomit is not easy to ignore, try doing something that may get your attention off from the symptoms of morning sickness. You can try watching your favorite tv shows, reading a book, listening to a relaxing and calming music–it could be anything as long as your attention is not with the queasy feeling of wanting to vomit or feeling nauseous.
If you feel the symptoms are starting to kick in, the best thing that you can do is to lie down, close your eyes, then take a deep breath. Most of the time, nausea and vomiting can also be triggered by stress at any time of the day, what you can do is to take a few minutes of rest until everything has calmed down.
Severe symptoms of morning sickness may already prompt you to consult your obstetrician. If he or she sees it fit, your doctor may already prescribe some medications that helps preventing the onset of the symptoms of morning sickness. Some of these medications include those that blocks the reflux of the stomach content or acid back to the esophagus or something that can bring your relief from feeling nauseous. However, these medications should not become your maintenance and should only take them when it is needed. Remember, morning sickness usually resolves when you have entered your 12th week of pregnancy until the 16th week.
Author: Patricia Magno RN