Morning sickness is known as one of the early signs of being pregnant. Below are some remedies for this.
Pregnancy can be one of the most amazing times in your life, but unfortunately, illness during pregnancy can be quite common. Did you know, that as many as 9 out of 10 mums-to-be can experience nausea, with or without vomiting.
When does morning sickness start?
The term, morning sickness, is not quite correct, as the feeling of nausea and sickness can happen any time of the day or night. For some women, morning sickness can occur at the beginning of the pregnancy whilst others can experience it throughout the full term of pregnancy.
One of the reasons for feeling illness during pregnancy is the rapidly changing hormones in your body after conception, such as oestrogen and possibly the thyroid hormone, thyroxine. Your body is rapidly adapting to creating a new life inside of you.
To avoid a miserable pregnancy and to help alleviate morning sickness, below are a few tips to enjoy, what is for most women, a wonderful experience.
Top 10 Morning Sickness Remedies
- Try not to become overtired, reduce stress as much as you can and get plenty of rest. This sounds obvious, but it is really important in the early and late stage of pregnancy to relax as much as possible.
- In the morning when waking, try to get something into your stomach as quickly as possible, a light breakfast of toast or cereal is ideal.
- If you are feeling very nauseous don't worry about eating a balanced diet at this stage. It is better to eat something than nothing at all, try eating bland food, such as dry crackers or dry toast or chicken soup.
- Wearing motion sickness acupuncture bands on your wrists can really help with the feeling of queasiness.
- Eat little and often throughout the day, but do not eat too much or too little, as you want you food to be easily digested. Never skip a meal.
- Avoid any food which is spicy, greasy or too rich, these will only make you feel worse as you body tries to digest them.
- If you are taking vitamin supplements, check with your doctor that these are ok to take and are not irritating your stomach.
- Avoid the smell of any foods which make you feel ill, again this sounds obvious, and do not cook any foods for the rest of the family if it makes you queasy!
- Drink plenty of fluids, small amounts and often. Keep well hydrated by sipping cooled water, barley water, and apple or lemon juice.
- Try sipping peppermint or spearmint tea. Sugar-free peppermint sweets or chewing gum may also help.