10 Tips to Minimize Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is also known as nausea gravidarum, nausea, vomiting of pregnancy (emesis gravidarum), or pregnancy sickness. It is usually linked to an increase in estrogen levels, low blood sugar counts, and a greater susceptibility to some smells. Morning sickness is more likely to occur during the first three months of a pregnancy. In spite of its common name, it can strike at any time and may last all day long. For some pregnant women, the symptoms are worst in the morning and ease up over the course of the day.

Pregnant woman with strong pain of stomach and nausea sitting in bathroom

These are some tips to minimize morning sickness:

  1. Get plenty of rest. Nausea can become worse if you’re tired. Make sure that you have enough sleep at night. Sometimes taking naps during the day may help.
  2. Avoid moving around straight after eating.
  3. Get up slowly in the morning. Don’t be in a hurry to get out of bed when you wake up. Take your time. Sit on the bed for a few minutes instead of jumping right up.
  4. Eat small, frequent meals and snacks throughout the day so your stomach is never empty. A study found that high-protein foods were more likely to ease symptoms.
  5. Drink more water. It is important for pregnant women to keep their body hydrated. A good strategy is to sip fluids frequently throughout the day. You might find cold drink is easier to consume.
  6. Keep your mind occupied. You should try to take your mind off the nauseous feelings. Reading book, going for short walks around the block, or doing other fun things can help you to clear your mind and relax.
  7. Sniff fresh scents. Some people suggest that lemon extract and/or rosemary are the most effective scents to ease morning sick symptoms.
  8. Wear loose and comfortable clothing. Tight clothing may exacerbate the symptoms of morning sickness.
  9. Try ginger. Ginger is a natural stomach soother. Studies have shown that it may help relieve nausea symptoms. You can drink ginger tea or perhaps you can try ginger candies.
  10. Try an acupressure band, a soft cotton wristband that’s sold at drugstores. Applying pressure on specific points on the body to control symptoms has been shown to help some women with morning sickness. This is a simple and inexpensive device although research suggests that it may be largely a placebo effect.




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