8 Ways to Handle Morning Sickness

For a select few women, nausea and morning sickness is not an issue for the duration of thier pregnancies, and then there are the rest of us mere mortals. Heh. And there are a few of us that feel it even harder! But that’s a story for another day.  If you happen to be experiencing nausea, I feel for you. Throwing up can be difficult during this time just for the physical toll it takes on your body.  Although these tips may not rid you completely of your nausea, they may help at least handle some of it.

1. Avoid things that trigger your nausea.  Things that trigger nausea is different for each pregnant woman. It is the easiest to just avoid the things that make you want to throw up. When I was pregnant, the smell of cooking chicken would disgust me. How can something taste so good yet smell so bad while it’s cooking? For a solid 35 weeks I did not touch chicken of any kind {except for that one time I ate Popeyes Chicken, which I thoroughly regretted because I threw it all up INCLUDING the biscuit…} 

2. Try to never be on an empty stomach. I’m not saying eat big meals, but rather graze throughout the day. I found tart fruits like green grapes {try them frozen – crazy good}, pomegranate, Granny Smith apples, tangerines and although not tart, bananas to be especially good. I also ate almonds, and on the rare occasion, avocado on brown toast with lemon juice, S&P and sriracha {I can’t even – so good, my mouth is salivating!}!  CLICK HERE for more combinations of Avocado Toast you can try!

Source: The Kitchn

3. More than food, focus on staying hydrated. But NEVER chug water, it will trigger your gag reflex… And you’ll be running to the toilet bowl faster than you know. Sip your water. Slowly. It’s smoother on the way down, therefore doesn’t come back up easy. I always kept a refillable bottle/mason jar/cup with water. I often put a squeeze of lemon in the water to ward off any nausea. If keeping water down is difficult, you can also make ice pops at home and have those instead!

4. Take naps. For a lot of ladies, nausea is an all day thing that can really get in the way of your daily life. Some people have it so hard, they can get sick over 15 to 20 times in a day! So one of the ways that you can handle this nausea is to take naps during the day. This was more of a tactic I used to fool my body.  When I napped, provided that I ate prior to napping, I would wake up feeling energized and my nausea would subside.

5. Wear a seaband. You know the motion sickness bracelets you can buy at the drugstore? Those also work to ward off nausea and vomiting.  It doesn’t work for everyone, but it is worth a shot!

6. East something dry before getting out of bed. This is something I found gross to do at first, I mean eating without brushing my teeth sounded really disgusting to me. But when you are nauseous, you’ll try just about anything. Dry unsweetened cereal or a couple of crackers help absorb the acids in your stomach first thing in the morning. Eating first and then getting out of bed will ensure that you are heading to the bathroom to get ready for your day rather then profusely getting sick.

7. Eat things that are easy to bring up.  I know this seems a little counter productive to the topic of this post; but the reality is that some women will have nausea regardless of everything you try.  If that is the case for you {it was for me} then it’s a good idea to eat soft bland foods when you are having a perticularly rough day. My meal of choice was oatmeal.  It didn’t hurt nearly as much if I threw up oatmeal than other foods.

source: iowagirleats.com

8. If all else fails, talk to your doctor. They are able to prescribe you antinausea pills that may help to manage some of the unpleasantness that goes along with morning sickness.

I hope some of these tips are helpful to anyone who is currently in this chapter of thier pregnancy.  If there is any consolation in this situation, it is that for most people it only lasts the first trimester. So fingers crossed!

If there are some other tips or tricks, please leave a comment so we can be of some help to the rest of my readers.

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