Morning sickness has a knack for turning the first trimester of pregnancy into a roller coaster ride of exhaustion and queasiness. This common and often unwelcome companion of early pregnancy is thanks to the intricate interplay of physiological and hormonal changes that affect women in varying degrees. For some, the accompanying queasiness is a minor inconvenience. For others, it presents a significant challenge to daily routines and overall well-being. Looking for some tried and tested ways to manage the lingering nausea? Read on for our compilation of effective strategies.
While ginger for nausea might not be new news, there’s a reason it’s so regularly touted as the ultimate morning sickness remedy. Raw gingers power lies in its phytochemicals, which have been found to improve the gastric emptying process. This allows for food to be digested more efficiently, which reduces the chnaces of nausea setting in.
You can get creative with ginger. Think tea, ginger ale, ginger candies, or just plain ginger root.
While studies have found inhaling peppermint in pregnancy to reduce the symptoms of nausea ineffective, anecdotally woman have been using this herb to help for centuries. In moderation, peppermint tea is safe to drink in pregnancy, and is often offered as a first line solution to nausea. This herb is famous for its ability to calm the stomach. Women also report it is just as effective at reducing headaches, muscle aches and nasal congestion- also common in pregnancy.
This is commonly consumed as a tea, or inhaled or applied as an essential oil.
Eat small, frequent meals
Instead of the usual three big meals a day, try grazing throughout the day. Nibbling on small snack can help stabilise blood sugar levels, as low blood sugar tends to make nausea worse.
If you can it stomach, aim for snacks that include both protein and carbohydrates, which can also help manage blood sugars. Think granola and some greek yoghurt or cheese and nuts.
Hydration in key
Dehydration can exacerbate morning sickness. Sip on water throughout the day and consider adding a slice of lemon for a little extra zing. Staying hydrated is a great way to prevent and alleviate nausea.
Vitamin B6 has been found to alleviate symptoms of nausea.
According to recent studies, vitamin B6 reduces pregnancy nausea and vomiting nearly as well as common nausea medications. It also lowered the rates of vomiting in the trial cohort.
To ensure you have enough vitamin B6 to do the job, consider a prenatal vitmain with Vitamin B6 and opt for foods rich in the vitamin B6, like bananas, avocados, and whole grains. Also, lean protein sources like poultry, fish, and tofu can be your best friends in your fight against nausea.
Essential oils like lavender and lemon can work wonders. Place a few drops on a cotton ball and keep it handy. Inhaling these calming scents can provide some relief when you’re feeling queasy.
Take your prenatal vitamins after food
Taking your prenatals on an empty stomach can trigger nausea. To avoid any additional gut irritation, ensure you take your vitamins after a meal, or even just before bed. If you’re still struggling to take your vitamins, try these handy tips:
- Take your vitamins away from the vitamin bottle. Close the cap of the bottle so you don’t inhale any smells stagnant in the bottle while you’re swallowing
- Consider capsules, as they slide down more easily than tablets
- Open your capsules and empty the powder into easy to consume foods. From soups, to smoothies, yoghurts or even this Bliss Ball recipe.
Remember, every pregnancy is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. Don’t be afraid to experiment with these remedies to find out what suits you best. And always consult with your healthcare provider for professional advice.
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