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Morning Sickness
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Wednesday, 08 July 2009 08:49

Pregnant Woman with Hands in Shape of Heart on her Stomach.


Morning Sickness

If you’re pregnant for the first time, congratulations, you’re going to be an amazing Mommy!

One of the first things you may notice about four to six or seven weeks into the pregnancy is morning sickness. This is quite typical for the pregnant mother-to-be and is not cause for alarm.

Note: If you do experience quite a bit of vomiting and can’t seem to keep food down, it is important you make an appointment with your doctor.

While it may vary from person to person, morning may not be the only time you feel nauseous, it can happen just about any time of the day – and – vary in intensity. Some women may only feel the urge to vomit and feel queasy while others will feel these sensations accompanied by vomiting.

Home Remedies for Morning Sickness

Morning sickness typically lasts about 12 weeks but some may experience it throughout their pregnancy.

These home remedies can help alleviate the feeling of your symptoms:

Saltine Crackers and Toast

Do you remember when you were a kid and felt sick and Mom brought you soda crackers or a piece of dry toast? I do, and it always seemed to help.

These bland foods contain starch which will help absorb the acid in your stomach and help relieve the feeling of nausea.

Eating a dry piece of toast or having a few Saltines before bedtime may help alleviate the feeling a sickness the next morning. Also, if you keep Saltines by your bedside and upon waking, sit up in bed and eat a few before getting out of bed, this can also help reduce stomach acid and nausea.

Keep Saltines with you at work or when running errands to snack on as needed.

Avoid Places with Smells that Trigger Nausea

You may need to avoid places with strong smells of food that trigger nausea and you may need to change meal plans for a short time during the beginning of your pregnancy. Other family members may need to avoid certain foods as well so do speak up if something they are eating is causing you to feel nauseous.

You may need to have the kids or your husband help out during meal time with preparing foods.

Suck or Chew on Ice Cubes

To fight off nausea and dehydration, suck or chew on ice cubes. This is particularly good if you might be having a hard time keeping food and/or liquids down.

Regular ice cubes are great but you can also use Gatorade (or similar electrolyte drink) or ginger to make ice cubes.

Gatorade Ice Cubes

It’s easy. Just get an ice cube tray and one of your favorite Gatorade flavors and pour it in the ice cube tray. Let freeze and use as needed.

Ginger Ice Cubes

Ginger is known for soothing the tummy and calming nausea. Making ginger ice cubes is a little more involved than just pouring Gatorade in the tray but I think you’ll like this.

  1. Start by peeling and chopping (or using a food processor or Vitamix to mince ginger) about two cups fresh ginger.
  2. Add this to a saucepan then add five cups of water.
  3. Bring just to a slow boil then simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Strain to remove chunks of ginger and pour in ice cube tray.

If you like peppermint you can also add a sprig to either the food processor or while on the stovetop for added relief.

Get a Bit of Fresh Air

There is nothing like fresh air, no matter the season. If you feel sick in the morning, step out on the patio until the feeling subsides.

If you’re at work, take a short, slow walk and try to avoid any smells that can make it worse, like walking by a fast food restaurant. If a short drive is possible, hop in the car and drive to the park, take a friend and walk the trail.

Don’t Leave Your Stomach Empty

Make sure you snack often throughout the day to avoid feeling nauseous and sick. Some easy snacks to keep on hand might be:

  • Saltines
  • Pretzels
  • Ginger mints
  • Peppermint lifesavers

These are just a few things to consider, everyone is different, what works for one may not work for the other.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 13:18

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