Coping with Morning Sickness

More than half of all pregnant women experience morning sickness, a pregnancy side effect caused mostly by hormonal changes that can be triggered by low blood sugar, dehydration, strong smells, fatigue etc.

Don’t let the name fool you, morning sickness can actually occur any time of day, and can range from feeling a little queasy to intense waves of nausea and (for some) vomiting. Some women may experience no morning sickness symptoms at all during pregnancy.

Most women start to have these symptoms at around six weeks and usually they start to go away, or at least become more mild, at around 12 weeks, the end of the first trimester. Some women, however, may suffer throughout their entire pregnancy.

Somewhere between two and five percent of pregnant women experience more severe nausea and vomiting, called Hyperemesis Gravidarum. This can result in severe dehydration and weight loss and could create a harmful environment for your baby. If you are unable to keep little or any fluids or food down for more than one day, call your health care provider right away to discuss possible treatment options.

Regardless of how bad your morning sickness is, it can take a toll on your body and mind. Do your best to stay positive and remember that morning sickness is temporary. You may not be able to avoid the unpleasant symptoms entirely – but there are ways to cope and ease those uneasy feelings.

Fluids

Drink plenty of liquids. In addition to lots of water, try frozen fruit pops, smoothies or water-packed fruit like watermelon.

Aromatherapy

Morning sickness can be triggered by certain smells. Diffuse some lemon essential oils or dilute with a carrier oil and apply to wrists, bottoms of your feet, or behind your ears.

Ginger

Ginger root is a proven natural remedy for nausea. Make some ginger tea, suck on a piece of ginger candy, or have some ginger ale.

Almonds

Almonds offer a boost of protein, which can help ease queasy feelings.

Saltine Crackers

Keep a pack with you. Seriously! In your purse, car, office drawer, anywhere within reach. Although it may be difficult to eat anything, even a little nibble of a cracker can help pass the wave of nausea.

Peppermint

Similar to Ginger, sucking on peppermint candy or drinking peppermint tea can help ease nausea.

Snacks

Eating small meals around the clock and keeping your stomach neutral and happy can help the nausea subside.