Coping with Morning Sickness
In the early weeks one of the main symptoms many women experience is the dreaded morning sickness. Here are some ideas to combat the nausea:
- You may want to try eating more frequently (e.g every one to two hours), just small amounts at a time to avoid a sudden drop in your blood-sugar levels. Having some dry crackers or plain sweet biscuits by your bed to nibble on before you start the day might help if you feel particularly ill in the mornings. It’s also a good excuse to request breakfast in bed from your partner.
- Avoid greasy or spicy foods, or particularly acidic fruits or vegetables. It’s really important to have a healthy diet at this time but if you can’t face forcing down five servings of fresh fruit and veggies each day you could try juicing them and drinking them down instead. It can be a good idea to avoid strong smells in those first few weeks.
- You need to increase your water intake so it’s also a good idea to start carrying a sipper bottle with you. Beware of caffeinated drinks that can increase queasiness. In general a limited caffeine intake of no more than two cups of coffee a day is recommended during pregnancy. Ginger or peppermint tea can help soothe the stomach but check with your LMC about which herbal teas are okay during pregnancy; not all of them are sage. Also if you are getting dehydrated, sports drinks that contain nutritional supplements can help to replace electrolytes.
- Some women swear by acupuncture pr acupressure in the form of wrist bands. I can be pretty miserable often feeling ill in those first few weeks, so be kind to yourself, rest whenever possible, and keep in mind that it’s all for a wonderful cause! If all else fails, remember the nausea is usually the sign of a healthy pregnancy and for most women only lasts between the first 6-12 weeks.
- Another great idea is to get out in the fresh air and go for a walk outside.
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