Tips to Ease Morning Sickness and Pregnancy Nausea

Pregnancy hormones are a blessing and a curse.  On the upside, they are creating a warm and welcoming environment for your baby to grow and thrive in the womb.  Unfortunately, they may not feel as cozy to you.  They are probably leaving you with some heightened emotions and the very common side-effect of nausea.

It is estimated that 70% of expectant moms experience nausea at some point during their pregnancy and about half of moms-to-be vomit.  For most women, vomiting and nausea subside after the first trimester, but some continue to feel it throughout their pregnancies.

For those who are struggling with this nasty symptom of pregnancy hormones, we’ve got some easy-to-use tips on how to curb your nausea:

Know your Triggers:  Morning sickness doesn’t always come about in the morning.  In fact, it may be triggered by many things other than the time of day.  For example, if you get overly hungry or tired, you may feel nauseous.  Or maybe it’s a smell, behavior or thought that is the result of someone else’s actions.  If that’s the case, discuss what is bringing on these bad spells.  Chances are, those around you will help out to make you more comfortable.

Follow your Nose:  When estrogen levels are high, so is our sense of smell.  That’s why pregnant women have hound dog-like olfactory senses.  Often nausea is triggered by certain smells, whether they are actually disgusting like garbage, or just an everyday scent.  Try carrying around a fresh scent to overpower the pungent fragrance that is causing your nausea.  For example, a bag of fresh herbs or lemon slices may override whatever is turning your stomach.

Tips to Ease Morning Sickness and Pregnancy NauseaWatch What You Eat:  If you are having a queasy pregnancy, you may not be into eating very much.  But make sure what you do it is something you can keep down.  Foods bursting with flavor and fattening foods aren’t the best choices.  Try sticking to bland food until you find your pregnancy legs.  If you’re worried about your nutrition, talk to your OB.  She may recommend you see a nutritionist to ensure you’re getting a balanced diet that won’t reappear in a few hours.

Eat Smaller Meals:  Snacking throughout the day is easier on the digestive system.  Try eating small amounts more often during the day to keep a steady blood sugar level and satiate your stomach.  When morning sickness does happen first thing in the morning, it may be due to an empty tummy.  Try keeping a morning snack next to your bed to have a few bites of nutrients before you get up.

Ginger Anyone:  Ginger is renowned for settling the stomach and relieving nausea.  Many pregnant women swear by ginger candies and lollipops.  You can also drink ginger tea, suck on ginger ice cubes, eat gingerbread or ginger cookies or add ginger to a variety of other foods you eat often.  It actually has a lot of other nutrients that are good for you as well.

Drink Up:  Well, drink water that is.  It’s important for you and your baby to stay hydrated.  Dehydration can make you nauseous so do your best to get at least 64 oz. of water a day.  You may have better luck with very hot or very cold beverages as room temp drinks can be unsettling.  Also, eat hydrating foods like fruits and veggies that can add to your water intake.

Tips to Ease Morning Sickness and Pregnancy NauseaSleep More:  Relaxation and more sleep can ease nausea.  Usually you don’t feel nauseous when you are sleeping, and you should take advantage of sleep before your baby arrives.  Also, the act of lying down, breathing deeply and resting your eyes are helpful in calming an upset stomach.

Watch Your Eyes:  Straining your eyes at a computer screen or television may make nausea worse.  Try making font sizes larger and lowering the brightness of your screens to protect your eyes and therefore your tummy too.

Try Acupuncture:  Acupuncture works for many pregnant women.  If you don’t want to spend the time or money, try acupuncture bands, like those you would wear on a boat.  They put pressure on the wrists to try to rebalance the body.

Vomit Happens:  If you happen to throw up, you’re going to want to be prepared with some supplies.  You may want to carry around a toothbrush and toothpaste, gum and a clean shirt, just in case.  Trust us, you’ll likely find a sympathetic friend in the ladies room who has been through it all before.

Ok mamas, we hope these tips help make things easy on your queasy.  Hang in there, it’s all worth it in the end!