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Tips For Morning Sickness

Tips For Morning Sickness

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When morning sickness strikes, it can be mild to severe; some women are barely bothered by it, while others spend their days with their head over the toilet. Unfortunately, the term morning sickness is very misleading, as many women experience nausea throughout the day, or in the evenings. About half of all pregnant women have morning sickness, and it can also include heartburn and indigestion. Changing your eating habits, and trying some of these tips, may help you feel better:

  • Eat smaller meals throughout the day, rather than a large breakfast, lunch and dinner. This helps you avoid indigestion, and keeps your stomach fuller.
  • Drink lots of liquids. The more hydrated you are, the better you'll feel. Milk can be very effective in treating morning sickness. Make sure you also have a glass of water by your bed at all times.
  • Take your prenatal vitamins with food. Taking supplements on an empty stomach can cause nausea.
  • Avoid fatty or spicy foods, which can worsen morning sickness.
  • Eat a high protein, high carbohydrate snack before you go to bed.
  • Graham crackers or saltines may reduce morning sickness in some women.
  • Peppermint can combat nausea, so drink peppermint tea or suck on a candy if you feel ill.
  • Suck on a slice of lemon when you feel nausea coming on, or eat lemon flavored candies.

Your body will also respond better if you are treating it well. Get 8 hours of sleep every night, and don't drink liquids before you go to bed. This can cause you to be up and down all night, especially since moms-to-be often suffer from frequent urination already. Don't avoid eating because you don't feel well, as hunger will make nausea worse.

Studies have shown that exercise can also treat morning sickness. Three low intensity workouts a week can eliminate morning sickness symptoms, as well as regulating your moods and sleep patterns. So, not only will you have less morning sickness, but you'll feel happier and better rested too!

Remember that different things work for different people, and it may take some experimenting to find a remedy that provides you with some relief. Sometimes, even taking a deep breath or chewing on an ice chip is enough to take your mind off of morning sickness. Try to avoid triggers such as smells or tastes that increase nausea. For the majority of women, morning sickness goes away in the second trimester, so remember that it probably won't last for much longer!


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