Morning sickness or NVP (Nausea and Vomiting in pregnancy) is a common issue the majority of pregnant women have to face. In most cases even though it’s uncomfortable there is no reason to worry. However, if you are struggling with keeping food and water down for extended periods of time or you notice significant weight loss it’s crucial that you contact your doctor.
It’s important to note that studies on most morning sickness treatments and reliefs have had mixed results. We are aware of how much morning sickness can affect your mood and general well-being therefore here we collected some of the safest tips that are easily accessible for most of our readers.
What is Morning Sickness?
Morning sickness refers to nausea and vomiting that can affect some women during their pregnancy. It’s especially common during the first trimester however some women experience morning sickness throughout their entire pregnancy. Despite its name, morning sickness can sneak up on a pregnant woman anytime during the day therefore we feel it’s important to help you find some ways to manage the symptoms. It isn’t clear what causes morning sickness but it’s likely that the hormonal changes your body is going through are part of the reason.
Morning sickness is often triggered by different foods or smells so if possible it’s good practice to establish these triggers and avoidance should be the first course of action. NVP can turn your favorite dishes into your worst nightmares which, quite frankly just feels unfair.
Obviously avoidance is not always plausible and unfortunately, there is no “one shoe that fits all” relief for morning sickness so it requires a bit of a trial and error to find out what works for your body specifically.
First and foremost it’s suggested that changing your eating habits can help relieve or manage symptoms for some women. Make sure you eat smaller portions 5-6 times a day. Ideally, you want to avoid an empty stomach and you shouldn’t stuff yourself either. Try to keep yourself comfortable and take breaks between small meals.
It is crucial to keep yourself hydrated, especially if your symptoms include vomiting. When you throw up you lose a lot of water that needs to be replaced. Try to drink small amounts of water or unsweetened ginger tea in-between meals as often as possible to keep your body hydrated.
Ginger has been long praised for its stomach-settling properties not just during your pregnancy. According to a study in 2016, in some cases, ginger seemed to be just as effective as Vitamin B6. Moreover, it showed that ginger significantly improved NVP symptoms. So it’s safe to say that ginger can be a great first line of defense and it’s always advisable to have some fresh roots in your kitchen.
Vitamin B6 or Pyridoxine has been known to help relieve some effects of morning sickness. According to UpToDate, it can help manage nausea and it is safe to use for pregnant women. It’s easy to purchase as well and often found in different foods (bananas, brown rice, avocados, etc.). Therefore, it’s a pretty good place to start your battle against morning sickness.
According to some small studies, acupressure may help relieve some of the symptoms of morning sickness. It is an ancient traditional Chinese healing practice where you put pressure on acupoints which are specific spots on your body. Western medicine attributes positive results of acupressure to improved blood circulation, stimulation of endorphins, and muscle relaxation which are natural pain relievers.
If you are prone to vomiting it’s advisable to stick to bland food like toast, crackers, simple boiled potato or soup/broth. Try to avoid using spices as much as possible and cut out spicy/hot food for a while. Eating cold, solid meals is preferable to hot meals because they have less odor and require less preparation time.
Often something as little as washing your face with cold water can help you regulate the waves of nausea, carrying wet face wipes can also help the situation greatly. When you feel nausea is creeping up on you it may be a good idea to go and get some fresh air, regulate your breathing and try some light exercise.
“Getting about 30 minutes of moderate activity a day, even just walking, can be a really good thing,” says Cynthie Wautlet, MD, an OB-GYN at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We have known for a long time that exercise has a multitude of positive effects not just on our health but also on our minds as well. It can lead to a healthier more balanced life and can help you clear your mind. We definitely suggest trying out prenatal yoga, but even as little as a daily walk in the park can improve your general health and mood.
Listen to your body
The most important thing is to listen to your body. There is no magic remedy unfortunately and we advise caution against using anything that sounds “too good to be true”. Make sure you do your research and talk to your doctor before trying out any remedies.
Trust your Body
As mentioned before battling morning sickness requires some trial and error but your body will tell you what works and what doesn’t. Morning sickness usually goes away after the first 13 weeks of your pregnancy on its own. And it’s important to remember that in the end, it will all be worth it. Many things about pregnancy can be quite testing and uncomfortable however it is all part of the journey. In the meanwhile buckle up and enjoy your ginger tea!
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