Experiencing morning sickness?
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Wishing you a happy and healthy journey during your pregnancy. I’m sure everybody is excited about the new baby on the way!
Pregnancy can be overwhelming. Experiencing a wide range of emotions during pregnancy is normal. It can be a very happy time. There are plenty of women who enjoy this time in their life. Especially after the morning sickness period!
Morning sickness is unpleasant, and for some women, it can significantly affect their day-to-day life. Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy can affect you at any time of the day or night.
Unfortunately, there’s no fast treatment that will work for every woman’s morning sickness. Every pregnancy will be different. It differs from one woman to another. There is great news also. Morning sickness is not harmful to you or your baby!
More than 50% of pregnant women experience morning sickness. Listen to this one! Many doctors think morning sickness is a good sign because it means the placenta is developing well.
On that positive note, let’s look at some remedies which can make your life during pregnancy easier. While not all morning sickness remedies may work for you, there are several options you can try to find some relief.
What are morning sickness And The Symptoms?
Morning sickness is nausea and vomiting that happens when you’re pregnant. You may also have strong aversions to certain foods and smells. According to “The Mayo Clinic” If your health care provider suspects hyperemesis gravidarum, you may need a clinical exam and various urine and blood tests.
I have four children, I had morning sickness with all of them! It differs from person to person. In a few women, a lack of morning sickness could indicate that their hormone levels are much lower than normal.
Morning sickness symptoms typically start between weeks 6 to 9 of pregnancy. A nauseous feeling in the first trimester of pregnancy that many pregnant women liken to seasickness or carsickness.
If you have a sensitive stomach you always get carsick or seasick, for example, you’re more likely to have more severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
It often comes in the morning but can surface at any time of the day or night, some women have morning sickness throughout pregnancy.
Strong aversions to certain smells and foods that are so powerful they can make you sick to your stomach. According to the Mayo Clinic, nausea and food aversions can both be early symptoms of pregnancy, which continue into the first trimester.
Nausea that strikes after eating. A seasick feeling that’s often either accompanied or immediately followed by hunger pangs. Sometimes nausea is so strong it can lead to vomiting.
For some pregnant women, nausea causes them to experience severe vomiting and weight loss. This condition is called hyperemesis gravidarum. Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) often needs hospital treatment.
Let’s look at some remedies which can make your life during pregnancy easier. While not all morning sickness remedies may work for you, there are several options you can try to find some relief.
Manage What And How You Eat
Eating 5 or 6 (or more) small meals a day will help stabilize your blood sugar levels. This will keep you from being too hungry and too full, both feelings that can make morning sickness worse. Not eating can make nausea worse.
Nausea is often worse on an empty stomach. When you are hungry you want to eat everything on the plate! That is a normal action, I find myself doing this all the time when hungry!
Rather skip the traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner and keep with the small frequent meals throughout the day. Keep some healthy snacks on your nightstand to nibble on before you get out of bed in the morning.
Eat carbohydrate foods, such as potatoes, whole-grain cereals, rice, and pasta. Avoid smells and foods that make you feel nauseated. Especially fried onions! The best smell, but definitely not for the expecting mom!
Spicy or high-fat foods, citrus juice, milk, coffee, and tea with caffeine often make nausea worse. For most women, pregnancy food cravings fall into just a few categories, sweet, spicy, salty, or sour!
Women should crave more fruits and veggies during pregnancy. Oh yes, that is not always easy, because many women don’t even like fruit and vegetables!
Soothe your stomach with ginger. Research suggests that ginger may help settle an upset stomach. Two compounds in ginger help increase stomach emptying and reduce feelings of nausea, suggesting that ginger tea may help relieve morning sickness.
I love ginger, especially ginger cookies! Research also indicates that consuming up to 1 gram of ginger per day appears to be safe to treat nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Ladies keep that ginger handy!
Alternative therapies always need to be approved by your healthcare provider. Every pregnant woman should know that you cannot for the health and safety of your unborn baby, eat, drink or do anything that can harm both you and your unborn baby.
Alternative therapies are treatments for common pregnancy issues. These can include massage, meditation, and natural products to relieve annoying symptoms of pregnancy like nausea, backache.
These therapies are thought by many parents to be safer. However, it is very important to discuss any and all treatments you may use during pregnancy with your doctor. Some types of alternative therapies are not safe and can have negative side effects.
Aromatherapy essential oils may offer natural relief, but only if you know which ones to choose. It’s safest to hold off on aromatherapy during the first three months of pregnancy when your developing baby is most vulnerable, and exercise caution.
Talk to your doctor about using essential oils while pregnant. Your doctor knows you, your specific health concerns, and the status of your pregnancy, and therefore, should be aware of any and all essential oil products you plan to use during pregnancy. Look at the following. Make sure with your doctor if it is safe for you to use it.
Ginger essential oil
This oil has been studied as a remedy for nausea and motion sickness. Ginger oil can be diffused into the air with an oil diffuser, rubbed onto pressure points at your forehead and wrists, or even rubbed directly on your stomach to improve nausea.
Many other essential oils like Lavender, chamomile, peppermint, ginger ease belly upset and are good essential oils for morning sickness according to research. Essential oils that are safe to diffuse in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy include:
Commonly used in aromatherapy to elevate mood and alleviate stress, bergamot oil is also said to have characteristics similar to grapefruit essential oil in that it is antiseptic, antispasmodic, and analgesic (pain-relieving), possibly offering some benefit for health issues like skin infections.
Roman chamomile is a plant and is used for various digestive disorders including indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. Women use it for morning sickness and painful menstrual periods.
A pregnant woman’s body is ever-changing, and this includes changes in the skin. Essential oils like grapefruit can help to reduce the appearance of oily skin, reduce the appearance of blemishes, and beautify the skin.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is perhaps best known for its relaxing properties. Using lavender oil topically or in a diffuser can help your mind decompress as you get ready for bed. This same property can also make lavender effective in fighting nausea.
Remember always consult your doctor first before using any essential oil!
Lemon oil is another great option if you’re dealing with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. A 2014 study in pregnant women showed that when used consistently in aromatherapy, lemon oil reduced the frequency of nausea and vomiting.
The right vitamins
Studies suggest that taking vitamin B6 for morning sickness greatly improves nausea, though not vomiting, for many pregnant women.
There has been no sign of harm to the fetus with vitamin B6 use. A typical dose of vitamin B6 for morning sickness is 10 mg to 25 mg, 3 times a day. If you feel queasy after taking prenatal vitamins, take the vitamins with a snack or just before bed.
Check with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications, supplements, herbal remedies, or alternative treatments to relieve morning sickness during pregnancy.
If You Need To See A Doctor
- Write down any symptoms you’re experiencing.
- Make a list of any medications, vitamins, and other supplements you take.
- Have a family member or close friend accompany you, if possible
- Take a notebook or notepad with you. Think about what questions you’ll ask. The doctor needs to know everything before examining you.
Find Happiness, Be Happy During Your Pregnancy
If you find yourself struggling to find any happiness in your pregnancy, it’s important to talk to supportive people in your life as well as your doctor.
They can help you find the resources you need to feel more positive. There’s no reason to give up hope of finding happiness during your pregnancy!
Think about your little unborn angel all the time, which I believe will be enough to make you happy and keep you going! Take each day as it comes, pamper yourself, read up and stay self-informed and the best of all, prepare for parenting! Think about the great mom you can be for your baby!
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