Trying to get through the rough phase of morning sickness? Read on to find out how to deal with it during your first trimester.
In this article:
- Have Breakfast in Bed
- Eat a Little Frequently
- Take Time Off from Work
- Adjust Your Monitor’s Display Setting
- Keep a Journal of Your Morning Sickness
- Be Active
- Get Plenty of Rest
- Change Your Toiletries
- Keep Yourself Hydrated
- Smell Lemons
- Figure Out What Food Works for You
- Get Some Fresh Air
- Feed Yourself Some Ginger
- Try Some Complementary Therapy
- Wear Comfortable Clothing
- Take Pregnancy Vitamins or Supplements
- Keep a Morning Sickness Kit
Coping with Morning Sickness and Nausea
1. Have Breakfast in Bed
The first trimester is a tough time for the mom-to-be. Nausea, tiredness, hormonal changes — all of it combines to make this a trying time, and a little bit of pampering is much appreciated.
A way to do that is by preparing breakfast in bed! This will also help alleviate morning sickness since getting straight out of bed on an empty stomach increases the chances of experiencing nausea.
2. Eat a Little Frequently
An empty stomach increases the risk of vomiting since the stomach acids will more likely feast on your stomach lining. Overeating, on the other hand, can also lead to queasiness.
Eating small portions frequently can help keep your stomach half full, making sure there is enough to keep stomach acids from hurting your stomach lining and also not so full that you’d feel queasy.
3. Take Time Off from Work
Are you finding yourself feeling even more sick with even just the thought of having to drag yourself to work? Then listen to your body and call in sick for the day.
You are growing a human being in your body; you deserve a break. The time off can help you get some well-deserved rest and get an energy recharge.
4. Adjust Your Monitor’s Display Setting
This is a tip for the working pregnant women who find themselves getting sick during the work hours. Your monitor’s color, contrast, and brightness can be contributing to your nausea.
Change the settings to what you’re most comfortable with and also take breaks so you can close your eyes or rest them from the monitor.
5. Keep a Journal of Your Morning Sickness
You may think your morning sickness just attacks at random, but try to log your nausea in a journal and you might find out it’s not the case. Keeping a journal can help you figure out the best times to eat or drink or when to avoid tedious work. You might also find that there are certain things in your environment that trigger your nausea.
6. Be Active
A physically active lifestyle has been proven to help manage pregnancy symptoms. It helps manage weight and also control morning sickness. Engaging in mental activities also helps distract you from your feelings of queasiness.
7. Get Plenty of Rest
Fatigue or exhaustion can increase the chances of feeling sick. Avoid staying up late at night and make sure that you get a good night’s rest. An afternoon siesta or taking time to rest sometime during the day can help, too.
8. Change Your Toiletries
Scent can sometimes trigger vomiting in the early stages of pregnancy. Stop using the lotion you used to love but now find nauseating. Switch to unscented soap, shampoo, deodorant, and other toiletries. You can get back to your regular products when you stop having morning sickness.
9. Keep Yourself Hydrated
Complying with the eight glasses per day rule can seem like a great effort when your stomach refuses to stay calm. Still, it’s important to keep yourself hydrated because dehydration causes nausea. If you feel you can’t drink much during a meal, try to drink a lot in between meals to compensate.
10. Smell Lemons
As earlier mentioned, morning sickness can be triggered by scent. Try to combat this by sniffing fresh and pleasant smells, such as lemon, which has been shown to help alleviate nausea in some people. Enjoy the scent of lemon through essential oils, a lemon-scented perfume, or by adding a slice of it in your drink.
11. Figure Out What Food Works for You
Every pregnancy journey is different. That includes morning sickness triggers as well as what kind of food works for you or isn’t doing you a favor.
Your favorite pre-pregnancy meal might actually be triggering nausea during this stage of your pregnancy. Figure out what type of food alleviates your queasiness and avoid those that increase it.
12. Get Some Fresh Air
Catching a breeze or going out for some fresh air can do wonders for your health. Take a break from your office chair if you’re working and get outside and inhale some fresh air.
13. Feed Yourself Some Ginger
Ginger is known to be a stomach soother. Studies have shown it can ease the feeling of nauseousness or uneasiness in the stomach. Fix yourself up some ginger tea or ginger ale. You can get creative and come up with any snack that can contain ginger.
14. Try Some Complementary Therapy
There are complementary therapies available that can possibly help you alleviate your pregnancy symptoms. Reflexology and aromatherapy are among the popular ones worth trying. Make sure you approach qualified experts who are experienced with pregnant women.
What is reflexology? It is a massage system aimed to relieve tension in the muscles. The massage targets the reflex points on the head, hands, and feet because it is believed that these body parts are connected to the entire body.
15. Wear Comfortable Clothing
Wearing tight clothes or clothing that restricts your movement can increase the chances of queasiness. It’s advisable to wear loose and comfortable clothing when you frequently experience morning sickness. There are still a lot of comfortable options for loose office clothing so you can go for those if you’re a working mom-to-be.
16. Take Pregnancy Vitamins or Supplements
Vitamin B6 can help reduce feelings of nausea. But aside from helping out with morning sickness, taking vitamins is also good for you and your baby. Ask your doctor which prenatal vitamins or supplements are best for you to take.
17. Keep a Morning Sickness Kit
Puking is definitely not convenient and it makes you uncomfortable even when you’re done. There is still the taste left in your mouth or checking to see if you’ve stained your shirt.
Keep a ‘survival kit’ with you at all times to keep an uncomfortable situation bearable. It can contain an extra blouse, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, or anything that can help you freshen up after an episode.
Morning sickness is nausea that occurs during pregnancy. Try these tips from Dr. Josh Axe to avoid morning sickness:
Pregnancy is a wonderful experience, but some symptoms may be uncomfortable to live with, such as morning sickness. It can disrupt your day and make you feel unproductive, but following these simple tips can help you get through this stage in your pregnancy.
It may be a little difficult, but seeing your little one at the end of your 9-month journey will make it worth it!
How do you deal with your morning sickness? Let us know in the comments section!