Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you have to suffer through your nine months. Morning sickness is obviously more common in the morning, but it can actually hit at any time of day, and during any stage of pregnancy. Unfortunately, it is something that effects 70% of pregnant women, so you don’t have to feel alone. Keep the tips below at hand to help prevent, or at least control, morning sickness symptoms.
- Ginger can relieve morning sickness because it is a natural stomach soother, so try grating some ginger root onto your cereal or into hot water in the morning for a soothing drink next time you feel nauseous.\
- A diet high in magnesium can balance blood sugar levels and relieve morning sickness too. Amp up your intake of spinach, kale, nuts, avocado, and dark chocolate.
- Lemons have a natural cooling effect that can reduce nausea and leave you feeling more refreshed. Drink some lemon water, or suck on a lemon when feeling nauseous.
- Mint has anaesthetic constituents that work to minimize nausea by reducing the stomach’s gag reflex.
- The six meal solution can help prevent morning sickness by keeping your blood sugar levels stable and neutralizing stomach acid. Instead of having three large meals, have smaller more frequent meals throughout the day. Try to evenly space out your food intake as much as you can.
- Get plenty of rest when you can, but don’t take a nap right after a meal. Nausea can get worse if your food is not properly digested before you sleep. Try your best to stay upright for at least one hour after you eat.
- Try sniffing fresh smells when you are nauseous. As weird as it might sound, sniffing lemons often helps!
- Make sure you monitor your reactions to specific foods. Some foods that you loved before you might become intolerant to during pregnancy because of the huge changes happening in your body and hormone levels. So, don’t be surprised if you can’t stand something you used to eat daily. Listen to your body and feed it foods that agree with it.
- Fried and fatty foods can encourage nausea because they require intense digestion. Have them only as a treat, and don’t always satisfy your cravings. Bit by bit, you will get used to eating healthier simply because you will feel better after healthy meals.