While pregnancy is an exciting and wonderful time for the most part, morning sickness can be a bump in the road for many pregnant women. All those changes going on in your body can make you a bit more sensitive, especially during the first part of your pregnancy. Feeling queasy is never fun, but luckily, there are some steps you can take to ease morning sickness.
- Keep a diary – even though it’s called ‘morning sickness’ it doesn’t necessarily mean that’s when you’ll experience nausea. Noting down the times you feel ill and trying to find a pattern can help you to identify the best times of day to eat. Don’t stick to traditional meal times if they don’t fit your pattern – if you feel at your best at 3pm, consider moving dinner time forward by a few hours.
- Eat smaller amounts – eating little and often is usually a better idea than having large meals that fill you up too much. Your tummy might thank you if you break up your meals into smaller snacks that you can enjoy at regular intervals throughout the day.
- Go for plain foods – strong smells are often a big trigger for nausea, so eating plain foods can help reduce the risk. If cooking makes you feel queasy, don’t cook! Eat cold or simple snacks that don’t make you want to run to the bathroom. Dry, plain foods like biscuits, crackers and toast are favourites with lots of mums who’ve experienced nausea during pregnancy.
- Don’t worry about your diet – although you want to eat healthily for you and your baby, eating whatever you can stomach is fine when you’ve got morning sickness. As a general rule, eating anything is better than eating nothing, so eat what you fancy, when you fancy it.
- Try foods and drinks that help reduce nausea – ginger and peppermint are both considered helpful. You can use them to make tea or add them to your list of snacks, depending on what you prefer.
- Chill out – stressing about your morning sickness and pushing yourself too much will only make things worse. Have a lie down and take rests when you need them throughout the day.
- Keep hydrated – staying hydrated helps keep your body functioning properly and will also help to combat any dehydration caused by sickness. Adding a little ginger or lemon to your drinks can help too.
- Go alternative – trying things like acupressure wrist bands, aromatherapy or reflexology can help some women. Obviously, any alternative treatments need to be approved by your doctor first to make sure they’re safe during pregnancy.
- Know when to seek help – morning sickness isn’t uncommon and most women who suffer with it manage to get through this phase without it impacting their life too much. However, if is becoming a problem, you need to see your doctor straight away. Severe morning sickness can cause dehydration and other serious medical conditions so it’s always better to get checked out if you’re at all worried. Visit the NHS website for more information.
- Think about the exciting times ahead – although it can be hard to feel positive when you’re eyeing up yet another dry cracker for lunch, thinking about the beautiful baby you’ll have in a few months’ time will get you through! Although nausea can make some days less fun than others, pregnancy in general is a wonderful, magical experience – a time like no other and something to treasure.
And remember – even on her worst day, there is nothing as luminous as a pregnant woman! Once the morning sickness fades, many women find they look and feel at their most beautiful.
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