Morning sickness is a condition that all, if not most, pregnant women experience. This condition is usually present during the first trimester of pregnancy and accompanied by several unpleasant symptoms mostly nausea and vomiting. However, symptoms of morning sickness could be different from one pregnancy to another. Some have milder symptoms while some have more complicated ones.
Generally, these symptoms can be present all throughout the day but because most of the time the symptoms are worse in the morning, this pregnancy condition has been called “morning sickness”. The symptoms, particularly the nausea and vomiting, become apparent at 6 weeks of pregnancy but it could start as early as 4 weeks. This could worsen on the following weeks and should subside by the start of the second trimester or a few weeks beyond.
Not all women may experience the following symptoms but sometimes all symptoms can be felt which makes some 1st trimester pregnancy difficult. Some would even experience the “first trimester blues” or a sort of depression mostly because of the heaviness of the symptoms being experienced.
– Nausea and vomiting
– Sensitivity to smell and taste
– Frequent vomiting
– Severe nausea
– Rapid heartbeat
– Headache and loss of focus
Severe symptoms may lead to a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which needs to be treated accordingly because it could lead to pregnancy complications.
The exact cause of morning sickness is not known but the physical changes that the body has to go through during the start of pregnancy are highly relatable to this condition.
• Human Chorionic Gonadotropin or hCG
• Sensitivity to odor
• Having sensitive stomach
How to Treat Morning Sickness Using Natural Home Remedies
Taking medications during pregnancy is a big no-no. The chemical compounds found in medicines can affect the baby in the tummy. This could pose them to different health concerns and could affect their normal development. Medications that are only prescribed by your doctor must be taken. Even some natural home remedies are also prohibited to take when you are pregnant so it would be best to consult your doctor first about any products that you will take or use while you are pregnant.
The following are home remedies that are safe to use during pregnancy to treat morning sickness and its symptoms.
1. Drink enough fluids
Drink plenty of water to ease the symptoms of morning sickness. Not only that it will keep you hydrated, it will also help your condition especially if you can’t keep any food you eat down to your stomach. You can add flavor to your water by pinching in some lemon or lime extracts or you can go for liquids high in electrolytes like Gatorade or Pedialyte solution. Electrolyte-rich beverage will help replenish your body from dehydration caused by vomiting. It will also keep you energized as the symptoms of morning sickness can wear you down.
During pregnancy, make sure that you never go dehydrated because it can cause serious complications to you and your fetus. Always bring a bottle of clean water wherever you go.
2. Give yourself some cold treats
Your doctor will most likely advise you not to eat too much cold treats especially ice cream and other frozen goodies, because aside from having too much sugar and fat in it, too much cold can give you abdominal spasm during pregnancy. Moderate amount of cold treats would suffice however.
You can make your own cold treats by freezing some of your favorite fruit juice. Just let them freeze using ice cube trays or using popsicle maker. You can also freeze some Gatorade and munch on this cold treat when you feel like it.
3. Sip some fresh ginger tea
We all know that ginger helps a lot in alleviating queasiness in the stomach and it also warms up your tummy. It also has many health benefits that your pregnant body can take advantage of.
You can make your own ginger brew by boiling peeled and crushed ginger in a cup of water or you can use store-bought ginger tea and steep a bag in your cup for few minutes. The relaxing effect of ginger tea can also help you deal with morning sickness.
4. Eating small but frequent meals
Although eating could make you feel nauseous it is important that you don’t leave your tummy empty because it could worsen your condition. You can eat small meals but on a frequent basis to make sure that you don’t go hungry. Also, a full stomach can make you feel like vomiting so it is important that you just eat enough so you don’t end up throwing up everything you eat. Avoid fatty foods and those that will cause you acidity.
Important tip: Keep a box of crackers by your bedside or a pack of crackers in your bag so you can munch on it when you feel your tummy growling.
5. Eat foods that are rich in carbohydrates and protein
Bread, mashed potatoes, rice, and soda crackers which are all rich in carbs are effective in combating nausea and other morning sickness symptoms. If paired up with foods that are protein-rich like apple slices and cheese this would even be more effective. Just make sure you don’t overeat.
Tip: Eat crackers slowly before getting up in the morning. This will help you to condition yourself for the day.
6. Eating something sour
Contrary others belief, that eating sour foods can make your stomach even sourer, some people actually finds it effective in treating their first trimester symptoms. You can try sucking on sour candy or drink lemonade when you feel nauseous. You may even find relief in smelling something sour like pinching some lemon skin.
7. Take up some Vitamin B6
For this one, it would be best to ask your doctor first or have him or her prescribe you for an effective Vitamin B6 supplement. It is said that the B6 vitamin helps in reducing the symptoms of morning sickness. Taking 25mg of this vitamin thrice a day is what most practitioners will advise you.
8. Exercise to fight off fatigue
Morning sickness can be accompanied by fatigue. Moreover nausea and vomiting can also make you feel week. Light exercise can help you gain back some strength and makes your feel better and energized. But of course, being pregnant requires you to take exercise lightly. You can do brisk walking for about 20 minutes or a light treadmill activity will do. You can also do some stretching. Just makes sure that you don’t get too tired or it will make you feel weaker.
Exercise helps in proper blood circulation and it also helps your body release endorphins to fight off your morning sickness symptoms.
9. Citrus fruits
Consuming citrus fruits is very good for pregnant women because these fruits are packed with lots of vitamins and minerals that can help you and your baby healthy. It is also good in helping you deal with morning sickness. The sour-sweet taste of citrus can help you to less salivate when you feel nauseous and vomiting. Also, smelling the scent of these fruits will also provide you with a fresh aroma that can reverse the feeling of nausea.
Citrus fruits to munch on are oranges, grapefruits, lemons, pomelo, and tangerine rind.
Morning sickness is also caused by stress and to relieve stress you need some time to relax and release any tension that you are feeling. A mild back massage allowed for pregnant woman can also help ease your condition.
11. Fresh air
The smell of fresh air can help you deal with your morning sickness. Fresh air is also good for your respiratory health which needs to be strong all throughout pregnancy and during delivery. Light exercise early in the morning while breathing fresh air can help you start your day right.
12. Apple cider with honey
Add a tablespoon of apple cider and a tablespoon of honey on your favorite beverage. This will help condition your stomach and help you not only with nausea and vomiting but also with other symptoms like headache and heartburn.
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