Unfortunately, morning sickness can sometimes be afternoon or nighttime sickness as well. You just never know when that annoying nausea is going to creep up on you. The new hormones in your body are the culprit for those nauseous moments. Fortunately, there are some natural ways to combat those yucky feelings and ease your queasiness. If nothing seems to help then talk with your doctor.
For me, the first trimester for my first pregnancy was a barf fest (yuck!). One of my symptoms was “Super Smell” where I could literally small everything times 10. From the moment I woke up, I had to cut a fresh piece of ginger and keep it right in front of my nose or else everything would come up. Luckily, it was only the 1st trimester. My 2nd pregnancy? No symptoms at all. So every pregnancy is different. Take advice with a grain of salt is what I say. So here are a few suggestions that can help give you some relief:
- Eat Smaller Meals – Sometimes eating smaller meals, 5 times per day, can decrease your unsettled tummy, instead of just eating 3 large meals.
- Avoid Greasy or Fatty Foods – Sometimes grease and fats can increase those yucky morning sickness feelings. Stick with high carbs such as: bread and potatoes to soak up stomach acids to keep your tummy calm.
- Smell, Eat or Drink Ginger – Ginger is known to ease nausea. Try some ginger tea with honey and lemon, ginger biscuits or ginger ale to keep your nausea to a minimum. I actually ate pickled ginger which really helped.
- Vitamin B6 – Has been none to treat nausea, good for baby’s development and used to make antibodies and red blood cells. Pregnant women only need 1.9 mg or 25 mg/ 3x a day. You can find B6 in your prenatals, and foods such as bananas, fish, nuts, carrots. Actually, eating a banana between meals can help really help nausea and depression.
- Keep Crackers By the Bed – Keep some saltine crackers close by so when you start to feel icky you can eat one quick. You can also try cheerios or some kind of cereal.
- Eat Peppermint – Peppermint is known to help ease nausea. You can get peppermint in many ways: peppermint candies, peppermint tea, smelling peppermint oils. You could keep peppermint oil on a handkerchief in your pocket and sniff it if you ever feel a little icky.
- Sniffing Lemons – Keep lemons close so if you ever feel ill you can take a whiff. The scent of lemons is known to help ease nausea.
- Drink Plenty of Fluids – Keep hydrated by drinking lots of fluids throughout the day. It’s a good idea to drink sports drinks with electrolytes because if your electrolytes get low you’ll experience loss of appetite which can increase your morning sickness.
- Eat More Protein – Lack of protein in your diet can definitely make you feel sick when you’re pregnant. Eat more peanut butter, apples, almonds, nuts, cheese and crackers or cottage cheese and yogurt.
- Listen to Your Body – If something makes you queasy stay away from it.