Morning Sickness at workWhen the event is planned, hearing the news that you are pregnant is an exhilarating experience filled with joy and expectation. Preparations soon begin including plans for the nursery and daydreaming about what will be the sex of the new addition to your family. All things “baby” are delightful until somewhere between 4-6 weeks of pregnancy the queasy stomach starts. Morning sickness effects seventy to eighty percent of pregnant women, and over 60,000 cases of extreme morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) occur each year, and are admitted to the hospital for treatment.

Morning sickness is thought to be caused by the changes in your hormones in combination with blood sugar and the increased sense of smell that occurs when pregnant. The sickly feelings usually occur in the morning and ease up as the day goes on.   In most cases, morning sickness subsides as pregnancy progresses.  Usually by the second trimester, being green around the gills is no longer an issue.  If you are suffering with extreme morning sickness, check out the symptoms at the website below, and check with your care provider to see if you can take any medications.

http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-complications/hyperemesis-gravidarum/

If you aren’t suffering from HG, there are a few easy things you can do that will help alleviate your sickly symptoms.

Get plenty of rest.

A good night’s sleep goes a long way in increasing your overall well-being.  Make wise choices with your time as it pertains to sleep.  Go to bed and get up at the same time each day to help establish good sleep habits. Try taking a nap during the day if possible.

Eat Saltine Crackers

Keep a package of saltine crackers beside the bed and eat a few before getting up.  The sodium bicarbonate in the crackers will help to settle your stomach acids, and may prevent a queasy episode all together.  Take your time getting out of bed in the morning.  Move slowly.

Eat Often and Eat Smart

An empty stomach is more prone to queasiness than a stomach that has food to digest. Eat often and eat smaller portions. Avoid fatty and/or spicy foods, as well as, caffeine.  These types of foods can exacerbate morning sickness. At night, eat something high in protein before going to bed. This will help maintain your blood sugar levels. Snacks such as gingerbread, ginger ale, ginger tea, or ginger cookies can effectively help prevent nausea.

Hydrate

Dehydration can lead to nausea so be sure to get plenty of water and other fluids.  Some women report that a clear carbonated beverage helps prevent squeamish stomachs.

Focus On Other Things

Do not let your mind dwell on your stomach.  Keep your mind busy reading a book, watching a movie, or go for a walk.

Loosen Your Belt

Wearing tight clothing can make your morning sickness worse so wear loose comfortable pants and shirts.

Take Your Pre-natal Vitamins with Food

Taking big vitamins on an empty stomach can even queasify the un-pregnant. Always take your vitamins with a meal.

What helped you most when suffering from morning sickness?