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Managing Morning Sickness

Managing Morning Sickness

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Morning sickness is a common and detested complaint of moms-to-be everywhere. It can be very mild and fleeting or violent and long-lived. Every pregnancy is different, so even if you never had a day of morning sickness during an earlier pregnancy, you might be ill every morning during this one.

It's called morning sickness, although it can occur at any time of day or night. It's most often felt during a woman's first trimester, but it can persist for an entire pregnancy. Doctors still aren't entirely sure what causes morning sickness, but believe it's a combination of pregnancy hormones and low blood sugar.

You can relieve morning sickness in a number of ways. If you become nauseated by certain smells or tastes, try your best to avoid these foods when you're not feeling well. Know what foods your body can tolerate, and stick to those. Eat smaller meals with lots of water in between bites. Don't eat three huge meals each day, as this can cause your stomach to become bloated and upset.

Crackers or cookies can help settle your stomach if morning sickness attacks. Saltines are a popular staple of pregnant women everywhere, and can relieve nausea. Take a small bag of crackers or cookies with you, or keep some in your car in case morning sickness sneaks up. Dry toast is also a great morning sickness remedy.

Peppermint tea is a soothing way to calm your stomach and ease morning sickness. Sip tea during the day, or when you feel morning sickness coming on. Try to drink at least one cup in the morning when you wake up, and one before you go to sleep at night. Ginger ale or ginger candies can eliminate morning sickness symptoms, or try ginger tea in the evenings before bedtime.

Getting plenty of rest is a surefire way to help morning sickness. Lie down as often as you can, or if you feel nauseous. Try to take naps, or even watch a TV show or movie to take your mind off of feeling sick. If you can't take a nap, try to at least sit down for twenty minutes here and there to close your eyes.

Don't worry; morning sickness won't affect your baby. Even if you have the odd day of feeling nauseous and are unable to keep any food down, your baby won't suffer any long term effects. However, if you can't stop vomiting, or can't get the proper nutrition because of severe morning sickness, your doctor may have to prescribe you medication to alleviate morning sickness.


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