Your body is producing a new hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Levels of HCG are at their highest in the morning, which can only increase nausea caused by stress and vitamin deficiencies.
Prying yourself away from the bathroom in the morning gives you more than just relief. Easing the symptoms of morning sickness keeps dehydration and weight loss at bay. Plus, you’ll have more time to focus on the important things, like keeping you and your baby happy.
Surely, there must be some home remedies for morning sickness to keep you away from the hospital. Well, you’re in luck!
We know at least 6 ways to alleviate your bothersome morning sickness. Keep reading to find out what they are!
1. Harness the Benefits of GingerGinger has been used to naturally treat nausea and vomiting since ancient history. The natural makeup of ginger aids digestion and has calming and nausea-reducing properties.
Ginger root can be ground into shavings that you can use in the meals you eat every day. You can put it in your tea, drink ginger ale, or have ginger desserts like lollipops.
Ginger can be eaten raw or cooked depending on your preference. If you’re impartial to the taste or smell of ginger, you can take it as a tablet a few times a day.
2. Mind the Foods You EatWhen you manage to eat (and keep it down), you should reach for healthier snacks. Foods that are too sweet, spicy, fatty, or greasy can be hard on your stomach right now.
Strong aromas are also culprits for increased nausea, so those more stinky foods should be avoided as well. Instead, begin thinking about the foods you can eat to combat nausea.
Mints are great pocket snacks that help calm you down and diminish food odors that make your stomach turn. Foods that are high in protein, like chicken and peanut butter, are known to help digestion. Trail mix offers the same benefits, plus they’re great for when you’re not feeling like a full meal will work out for you.
3. Eat Smaller MealsIt may not seem worth it, but you must eat. Not eating at all tends to make nausea worse, and your baby is depending on you for vitamins through the foods you eat.
Instead of making yourself eat large meals a couple of times a day, try eating smaller meals more often. This helps keep your stomach from being too full and will ultimately help you feel less nauseated.
It is especially helpful to eat smaller servings if you start feeling queasy mid-meal. Listen to your body! Leave some bland crackers or dry cereal by your bedside, so you can reach for small snacks in the morning.
4. Take Your Prenatal VitaminsThe sudden lack of vitamins in your body can be another reason for your morning sickness. Luckily, prenatal vitamins contain nutrients that will compensate for the minerals being used to create your baby.
You may notice that taking your prenatal vitamins at night or on a full stomach will serve you best. Taking them in the morning or on an empty stomach may cause you to feel temporarily worse enough to vomit.
Additionally, B6 can help reduce nausea. While most prenatal vitamins contain B6, it could help to take another supplement. It’s also safe to have some antihistamines to reduce vomiting, but this should still be something you ask your doctor about first.
5. Stay HydratedIt’s no secret that vomiting can make you lose lots of water. Dehydration will make you feel so much worse and can create more serious problems. Therefore, staying hydrated is a must.
As a bonus, cool water and warm tea are perfect for relieving nausea. Adding mint or lemon to your water or tea can help your tummy ache and give you something to “eat” with your water.
If water is still difficult to take, consider some homemade icicles. These can be made perfectly suited to your pregnancy with water or Pedialyte, lemon, ginger, and fruits. Eat these in the morning to give you the upper hand against your morning sickness.
6. Be ActiveWe get it, exercise is likely just not an option right now! Still, moving your body more can do wonders for preventing morning sickness. Light exercise can release endorphins that make you forget about your nausea.
This can mean light walking, or even better, swimming in cool water. Some yoga classes are focused on prenatal health as well.
It’s strongly encouraged to exercise during pregnancy to ease stress and stay healthy, but mind how you move. Moving too quickly or roughly after eating can make you feel a bit of nausea.
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It Will All Be Over Soon!Morning sickness is a short part of the long journey. The first several weeks of pregnancy will show you the worst parts of morning sickness. No worries, mama! These home remedies for morning sickness will help make you feel better in the meantime.
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