In this post, I would like to share six healthy pregnancy guidelines to help curb morning sickness. Morning sickness is not pretty and is a common symptom during your first trimester, starting around six weeks of pregnancy.
Morning sickness does not strike necessarily in the morning ….
Even though it is called morning sickness, it can happen during any time of your day. Mine was especially worse during the late afternoons and evenings. Morning sickness usually subsides during the twelve week of pregnancy. This condition is not affecting your baby, however, excessive vomiting and being unable to keep any food down, could be a sign of hyperemesis gravidarum which means your body is lacking vital nutrients and electrolytes. If you experience this, consult your doctor about your treatment options.
7 Healthy pregnancy guidelines to curb morning sickness
1. Try eating early in the morning
Keep some healthy snacks next to your bed and nibble on them as soon as you’ve woken up. Eating early in the morning can help with curbing morning sickness. An empty stomach increases nausea. Crackers are a good snack to consider and the saltier they are, the more advantageous.
2. Eating cold foods
Try eating cold foods, like sorbet, to keep nausea at bay. Hot snacks often have a smell that triggers the gag reflex. I remember many moms telling me that cooked meat in particular made them extremely nauseas.
3. Lemons, lemons, lemons!
Try to have lemons on hand at all times. Smell them, lick the slices, or squeeze the juice into your water. Lemons are incredibly refreshing and the taste is good for calming your stomach once morning sickness sets in. Lemon drops is another great option to keep stashed in your handbag when you’re running errands.
4. During the morning
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get up. Don’t hurry to get out of bed, and start your day at a slow and relaxing pace. Remember to nibble on those crackers or dry cereal once you’ve awoken.
5. During the course of your day
Try to stick to small meals in between instead of large meals. Progesterone helps with slowing down foods that pass through the digestive tract. To further avoid eating too much, drink fluids at least half an hour before and after meals, but avoid them during meals. Plenty of fluids throughout the day is paramount for avoiding dehydration. Remember to rest as much as possible, but avoid taking a nap shortly after eating a meal since this will upsurge nausea. Try to steer clear from smells or foods that worsen your nausea and warm places that could also trigger it.
6. During the evening
Avoid spicy or greasy foods like the plague during the evenings. Instead, stick to bland foods that don’t have a strong smell. You might have to leave the cooking to someone else during your first trimester. Try to go to bed early so that you can build up energy for getting up early tomorrow and repeating everything!
7. Eat healthy snacks to curb morning snacks
Eating the right foods and snacks during pregnancy is an essential component of my healthy pregnancy guidelines, because it is the key to keeping those nasty nausea spells at bay.
- Cold foods like raw veggies, salad, and sandwiches (not from the deli, but properly prepared by yourself or someone you know).
- Bland meals like broth, plain baked potato, or chicken soup.
- Plain fruits and veggies.
- Foods that have a rich vitamin B6 content.
- Ginger (this include ginger jam on whole-wheat toast, ginger tea, ginger ale, ginger snaps).
- Crackers (the saltier, the better).
- Flavored popsicles.
- Peppermint tea.
Recommended supplements and treatments:
Multivitamin supplements like PregEase that is specially designed for curbing morning sickness.
I hope you have found my seven healthy guidelines to curb morning sickness helpful. I know I could have benefited from these tips when I was pregnant. I had morning sickness pretty bad and was relieved once I’ve entered my second trimester and the symptoms disappeared.