How to Ease Morning Sickness During Pregnancy
There is no greater gift than a child, but all moms-to-be could probably do without the symptoms that pregnancy brings. While not all pregnant women suffer from morning sickness, many women will find themselves dealing with bouts of nausea during the beginning of pregnancy. Normally, these symptoms subside within the first trimester but, whew, it can be painful and frustrating. Thankfully, there are several ways you can ease the symptoms of morning sickness during pregnancy, at least a little.
Peppermint - Peppermint has been touted as a great way to ease morning sickness, whether consumed or inhaled in aromatherapy form. Sip a cup of peppermint tea when nausea strikes, chew on a peppermint hard candy or inhale peppermint essential oil from a diffuser to help calm your stomach.
Crackers - Before you get out of bed in the morning, nibble on a couple of saltine crackers to help stop nausea before it begins. Having a little something in your stomach before starting your day can help offset the beginnings of morning sickness.
Stick to Appealing Food - While pregnant women should make an effort to eat a well-balanced diet, women who have suffered from morning sickness know that certain foods can trigger an attack. For now, stick to food that appeals to you and doesn’t set off a negative reaction. Even if you eat the same foods repeatedly, it’s better to have something in your stomach than no nutrients at all. Eventually, you’ll feel more comfortable to add more foods back into your diet.
Eat Frequently - Rather than eating three meals a day, make a point to eat between six and eight small meals each day during your pregnancy. This ensures there’s always something in your stomach, decreasing the chances of nausea. Additionally, small meals are easier to digest than large ones.
Ginger - If you can’t stand peppermint, food and drinks that contain ginger have also proven to be effective against morning sickness. Sip a cup of ginger tea, snack on a gingerbread cookie or drink a glass of ginger ale to curb nausea and help alleviate morning sickness.
While many pregnant women have to deal with morning sickness, there are ways to soothe the symptoms. Try one or all of the methods listed above to help curb nausea and vomiting until you find a method that works for you.