Top 5 ways to deal with nausea during pregnancy
Article by Cherlynn Ng
Pregnancy is a wonderful blessing, but the morning sickness that often comes with it can leave you feeling less-than-stellar. Did you know that up to 70 percent of women experience nausea early in their pregnancy while about 50 percent experience vomiting? A common symptom during the first trimester, it can be one of the most unpleasant parts of your journey. Not to worry though. Let us show you five ways you can alleviate nausea during this trying period of your life.
Give yourself plenty of time to get out of bed
Getting immediately out of bed on an empty stomach can result in you making a dash for the toilet. Instead, take your time. If you normally wake up at 8am, set your alarm for 7am so that you can gradually ease yourself out of bed. It also helps to have a stash of snacks by your bedside for you to munch on first thing in the morning.
Remember to get lots of rest and go to bed early so that you have the energy to wake up and conquer yet another day. As stress and fatigue are
known to increase nausea, be sure to relax and rejuvenate whenever you can.
Eat small meals throughout the day
Eat little but often. Going on an empty tummy will aggravate your nausea because your stomach acids have nothing to feast on, while eating too much might overwork your digestive system. Having food in your stomach throughout the day helps to keep your blood sugar levels even and staves of nausea.
Avoid fatty and spicy foods as they trigger the release of stomach acids. Nuts and fruits such as bananas make good snacks because they are rich in protein and Vitamin B. The key is to find something that works for you.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but it can be hard to consume eight glasses of water a day when you are always fighting the urge to puke. Adding apple cider vinegar and honey to water will make it more palatable while others find sucking ice cubes to be an effective method.
Ginger, which has been scientifically known to relieve abdominal discomfort and nausea, will be your best friend. Try adding a slice of ginger to your water or sipping on ginger tea to soothe your stomach. You can also get creative by munching on ginger cookies and candy.
Sniff a fresh scent
Pregnancy increases your sensitivity to smell, which is why you might find your stomach turning at the slightest whiff. Inhaling fresh scents such as lemon and rosemary can help to combat this ill-feeling. We recommend carrying a bottle of lemon extract or lavender oil with you at all times so that you can sneak a quick sniff when needed. This is especially useful in situations where you can’t get rid of an undesirable smell just by walking away or opening a window.
Trying to ignore nausea when you constantly feel the urge to vomit is no doubt challenging, but it helps to distract yourself with activities that you enjoy. Some women indulge in a good book, while others prefer to go on a leisurely stroll to take their mind off things.
Sometimes it makes a difference to just talk to someone who understands so that they can offer your support. Don’t be afraid to do seek medical advice if your symptoms become unbearable or are affecting your quality of life.
The good news is that symptoms of morning sickness typically taper off and disappear after 12 to 14 weeks, after which you can focus on your upcoming delivery and the arrival of your precious one!
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