Natural Ways to Help You Prevent and Reduce Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is perhaps the most prominent health concern in early pregnancy, especially because you have to be so careful not to use any treatments that might harm the baby. This makes at-home, natural remedies the best course of action for managing your morning sickness and gaining significant relief from nausea and vomiting. Here are the best guidelines for guarding your wellness against nausea and vomiting during pregnancy:
1. Gauge the right food level
It’s important to have food in your stomach, but getting the right balance is key. Too much food and you’ll throw it all up, while trying to go through daily life on an empty stomach can make nausea worse. Eating several small meals every day instead of three large meals can help you guard your wellbeing against vomiting and nausea, and keep those stomach food levels right.
2. Have breakfast in bed
Whether you keep a small snack ready on your bedside table, or you send your partner downstairs to grab it – after all, you’re doing the tough job here – eating something small before you get out of bed can help to reduce and prevent morning nausea. Take a few minutes to let the snack (such as crackers) digest, and then get out of bed slowly.
3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
As well as being beneficial to your health and the baby’s, staying hydrated can help beat that first trimester nausea. Water should be your go-to beverage, but you can also try broths, juices and sports hydration drinks to mix things up a little.
4. Eat well
Loading up on protein and reducing your intake of fatty foods can work wonders in reducing your first trimester sickness. You might not need me to tell you that you should avoid smells and foods that make you feel nauseated, but in case you don’t want to have to trial and error each one, citrus juice, milk, coffee, and caffeinated tea commonly make nausea worse.
5. Get lots of rest
Stress and fatigue can make your morning sickness worse, and they’re doing you or your baby no favours either.
6. Give ginger a go
Whether you take ginger as a powder in a capsule, grated fresh into hot water for a tea, or in syrup or crystallized form, regular consumption may help to relieve your morning sickness, although it may take a few days to notice a difference.
7. Try acupressure
In acupressure, there are a series of points on your body. The P6 point is located on the inner side of your forearm, one one-sixth of the way between your wrist and elbow and in line with your middle finger. Some women find that acupressure firmly placed on the P6 point relieves their nausea, so speak to a practitioner if you think that’s something that might work for you.
8. Talk to your doctor
Many pregnant women take iron supplements to prevent anaemia, but this might not be necessary if you’re getting sufficient iron from other sources, like your diet. Iron can make nausea worse, so ask your doctor if it is necessary for you to take iron supplements. Vitamin B6 and B12, on the other hand, can reduce nausea and vomiting if taken regularly as your doctor advises. Also, certain antihistamines like doxylamine or dimenhydrinate may relieve morning sickness, so you may want to talk to your doctor about those. If you find you are vomiting more than three times a day, are unable to take fluids, and/or have pain, fever or both, you should contact your doctor immediately.
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