Morning sickness is one of the more common, and probably one of the first symptoms of a pregnancy. The condition is usually accompanied by giddiness, nausea and vomiting as soon as one gets up in the morning. For some, the symptoms of morning sickness continue towards the day, and well throughout their entire pregnancy. So how can one go about curbing this issue in the most effective, hassle free manner? The simple tips mentioned below would hopefully be of some help in the matter.
Munch on carbohydrates
Studies say that carbohydrates can help curb morning sickness to a great extent. So try munching on some carbohydrates aka bread, crackers, dry toast or mashed potatoes, etc. even before you jump out of bed in the morning. Frequent nausea can also leave you very tired throughout the day. So try adding some protein along with the carbohydrate snacks in order to provide the necessary energy for your body throughout the day. Apple slices, string cheese and whole wheat pita would make good additions. Make sure you eat just a few bites at a time, taking your time to chew and swallow the snack. In addition to combating morning sickness, this would keep you full for longer periods.
Refresh your senses with Citrus
Lemon has been known to curb morning sickness, although there is no scientific evidence to back this claim. Many pregnant women swear by the use of lemon in helping with nausea and giddiness to a great extent. In this case, you can make use of lime in different ways to curb morning sickness. Accordingly, you can choose to cut a lemon in half and sniff the inside of one half of the fruit until the feeling of nausea goes away.
You can also try drinking lemon water or lemon juice. Simply squeeze half a lemon into a glass of warm water. Add some honey for taste and stir nicely. Drink this concoction whenever you feel nauseous. The feeling will go away very soon afterwards.
If you prefer drinking tea or other beverages though, you can consider adding a bit of grated orange, tangerine rind or grapefruit to it. This will also help curb morning sickness effectively.
Opt for Ginger Based Drinks
Ginger is a very well-known home remedy for all kinds of stomach related issues, including queasiness and nausea. Hence, you can opt for ginger based drinks to alleviate morning sickness and its symptoms effectively. While you need to stick to drinks that contain real ginger, you can also consider grating some ginger into a cup of hot tea or coffee. Always have a handful of ginger candies as well as gingersnap cookies to take care of those sudden attacks.
Drink plenty of Slushy Drinks
Drinking plenty of cold, slushy drinks can help reduce morning sickness by soothing your stomach while ensuring that your body receives the fluids that it needs in the process. Icicles or ice chips work better at combating nausea. So make some fruit ice pops (preferably your favorite flavor) to and have them at regular intervals to curb morning sickness effectively.
It is also wise to drink juices that contain nutrients like folate, Vitamins A and B, glucose, potassium and sodium, etc. In addition to reducing morning sickness effectively, this would ensure that your body regains its lost electrolyte levels (during vomiting), thus keeping you active for longer periods.
Eat Small and more frequent meals
It would be difficult to eat to your heart’s content and keep it all down with morning sickness. An easy way to thwart this would be to eat smaller, but more frequent meals so that you remain full for longer periods without necessarily throwing up everything you eat. Stay away from fried, fatty or acidic foods that can irritate your stomach further during this period. Instead, opt for healthy alternatives like pita, veggies, cheese and yogurt.
Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy that can be really hard to handle for first time mothers. Hopefully, the tips mentioned above would help them in curbing the condition effectively and enjoying their pregnancy.