Pregnancy is this marvelous life experience where you look amazing, and your hair is shinny, and your face is glowing and you feel great… except.. when you don’t.
Although some women are fortunate to have easy pregnancy, it is very normal to experience some not-so-fun effects that come along while growing a tiny human. Pregnancy can be full of ups and downs and there is an array of pregnancy symptoms that occur either by themselves or all together. These include fatigue, breast tenderness, morning sickness, mood swings, headaches and constipation.
Today, we will address morning sickness and how to help manage it.
Morning sickness can affect women differently from nausea to vomiting. This symptom usually occurs around week 6 of pregnancy and for most women will go away with the end of the first trimester. For some, unfortunately, morning sickness will be a recurring event during the entire pregnancy. Its name may also be misleading as morning sickness can also occur at anytime of day.
Unfortunately, if you suffer from this pregnancy symptom, it might be difficult to eat a balanced diet as some food – or any food – may be hard to keep down. And that is okay! Eat what you can, when you can. Even if that means popsicles for breakfast and frozen yogurt for dinner. Find something you can stomach and make sure you ingest some calories throughout the day. As difficult as it may be sometimes, this will help soothe your stomach in the long run. Just make sure you are taking a good prenatal vitamin to ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs for your growing baby.
With this in mind, there are also a few tricks that may help alleviate you morning sickness:
- A good way to avoid morning sickness is to avoid low blood sugar. You can do this by eating frequent smaller meals. If food is hard to stomach, bone broth might be a great option to intake some nutrients while staying hydrated. Eating a protein snack before bed may also help to soften the nausea the following morning.
- Avoid overly rich foods, fatty snacks and spicy foods as these can be triggers.
- Often time, morning sickness can be caused by a deficiency in vitamin B6 which you can get from bananas and avocados! If you can’t handle eating them, you can get a vitamin B6 supplement.
- The use of ginger is pretty common for treating nausea. Grating some fresh ginger in some hot water may help alleviate your symptoms.
- Acupuncture has been known to help relieve morning sickness. This technique uses needles to focus on certain nerves of the body that can counteract the effects of nausea.
These tricks may not work for you if you have more severe morning sickness. Make sure you stay hydrated as much as possible, especially if your nausea leads to vomiting. Make sure you seek medical help if vomiting occur and you can’t keep water down either. The last thing you need to add is dehydration. You can also speak with your healthcare provider about medication that is safe and can alleviate symptoms if your morning sickness is severe and the natural remedies aren’t helping.