Morning sickness is usually the most bothersome symptom during the first trimester of pregnancy and gradually dissipates during the later half of the pregnancy, though some women report episodes of sickness throughout their entire pregnancy.The exact cause of morning sickness is unknown, but there are several contributing factors. The physiological changes to the body especially during the first trimester of pregnancy are one cause. Low blood sugar and improper diet are also factors in episodes of morning sickness .
While morning sickness seems to be an inevitable side effect of pregnancy, it doesn’t have to make you miserable. There are many ways to alleviate the effects of morning sickness during pregnancy. Health Care Providers often suggest the following guidelines for dealing with morning sickness:
- eat small and healthy meals
- eat foods high in carbohydrates and protein like none salted crackers, toast and fresh vegetables
- avoid foods high in fat or fried
- drink plenty of fluids in between meals rather than with meals
- avoid alcohol and caffeine
- avoid environmental stimuli which aggravate nausea such as smells and foods that cause a feeling of nausea.
The best way to treat morning sickness to stay hydrated. Morning sickness can cause dehydration which leads to other complications. Many health practitioners recommend simple solutions like:
- Eat a few dry none salted crackers before getting up from resting or immediately afterwards.
- Drink Ginger Ale or other non carbonated drinks to keep hydrated.
- Wait at least a half an hour before laying down immediately after eating
The use of ginger is highly recommended as a deterrent to morning sickness. Ginger is a well known long time herbal remedy used for relieving gastrointestinal problems and is considered safe to use during pregnancy. You can find it in a pill form, as a tea or can add it as a spice to meals.
Natural remedies touted for their excellence in relieving morning sickness include the use of herbal teas such as peppermint, spearmint, raspberry, blackberry, dandelion and chamomile teas. Always discuss using herbal remedies with your health care provider as some can be dangerous though those mentioned above have shown no link to miscarriage or birth defects and are generally considered safe.
Traditional treatments for morning sickness are varied. Much of the effectiveness of non medical treatment depends on the patient. Here is a short list of commonly used treatments for morning sickness:
- Drink ginger tea before meals
- Eat lightly seasoned or none seasoned foods
- Mix a teaspoon of honey with a glass of warm milk before retiring for the evening
- Avoid brushing your teeth for a few hours after waking up as the toothpaste mint taste can aggravate nausea
- Eat or drink something sour
- Eat yogurt or drink milk with meals
- Suck on peppermints or sip on none carbonated drinks when feeling nauseous
- Avoid caffeine in any form including chocolate, tea or coffee
- The type of vitamins you are using could be causing aggravation of nausea discuss changing them with your doctor sometimes waiting until later in the day to take them helps
- Get out of bed slowly
- Massage pressure points in the wrist or use acupuncture wrist bands