Pregnancy is a special time in every woman’s life. As a new life grows inside, each woman’s body reacts differently; however, there is at least, one common symptom of almost all pregnancies, the dreaded morning sickness. This nausea that women feel during the early stages of pregnancy is caused by a combination of elevated oestrogen levels, an increased sense of smell, and low blood sugar.
The severity of nausea associated with morning sickness varies from woman to woman. For some women the sensation is very mild and for others it can cause vomiting and upper-intestinal discomfort.
Regardless of the severity, one thing is for sure, no woman looks forward to the prospect of experiencing morning sickness during pregnancy. While there are prescription and over-the-counter antiemetic medicine, more and more mothers are turning to natural solutions.
Fortunately, there are several tricks for easing morning sickness that are natural and safe for both mother and bump.
Chew Crystallised Ginger
Ginger is a powerful herb. It is gentle and safe, yet it is one of the most effective supplements for reducing nausea and improving digestion. Crystallised ginger can be purchased either online or from a local natural food store, try to avoid buying crystallised ginger in the spice section of your supermarket. When purchased as a kitchen spice, crystallised ginger is usually sold in small quantities at much higher prices.
Get Rest and Relaxation
Getting plenty of rest is important for many reasons, but avoiding morning sickness is near the top of the list during the early stages of pregnancy. Get at least eight hours of sleep every night, and take your time waking up in the morning. Getting out of bed and having an abrupt start to your day can exacerbate morning sickness.
Try Reducing Portions
When your nausea has passed, or on mornings when it’s mysteriously absent, you may be tempted to pig out to make up for all the meals that you’ve missed out on during bouts of nausea. Don’t give in to this temptation. Overeating can trigger morning sickness and can bring on mild nausea.
The best eating strategy during morning sickness is to eat small meals with high nutritional value. Keeping a small amount of food in your stomach at all times will reduce, and sometimes eliminate, morning sickness symptoms.
Take a Screen Break
Computer and television screens have a high-rate flicker that isn’t distinguishable by the human eye. Although this flicker isn’t visible, it can still impact your symptoms and increase your nausea.
Take a break from your various screens for a while. Put them to sleep an hour or two before you head to bed, and try to take frequent breaks from them during the day.
Maintaining a consistent fluid intake routine is just as important as keeping food in your stomach. Drink a glass of water when you first wake up and continue to sip on fluids throughout the rest of the day.
As your pregnancy progresses, use these tips to keep nausea at bay and focus on showing off your new motherly glow. Before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful new baby to swaddle, and you’ll forget all about the discomforts of pregnancy.