Many women will suffer from morning sickness during the first trimester of their pregnancy. Not all women will get it, but for those who do, the severity of symptoms varies. Some women may suffer only mild nausea from time to time, while another may be so sick that she throws up enough that she has to be sure she is not getting dehydrated. And, even though the symptoms are often felt in the morning, some women will experience them during other times of the day.
There is no real cure for morning sickness, but there are measures a woman can take to help calm her stomach and offer some relief.
Instead of eating larger meals, try eating smaller amounts more often through the day. Snack on foods like crackers that will help to keep your stomach from being completely empty.
Keep something handy that has a pleasant smell. Sometimes nausea can be triggered by an unpleasant smell; something that may not have normally bothered you can now upset your stomach. If you are not able to get fresh air, having something like a tissue sprayed with pleasant smelling oil can help to rid the odor.
Try tracking when your nausea occurs to see if there are any triggers that could be causing your problems.
Staying hydrated is vital. Some women find that ice cold beverages work best, while others find hot drinks more effective. However, lukewarm fluids can sometimes trigger nausea, so find out what works best and make sure to get enough fluids each day.
Ginger is known as a stomach soother, so munching on gingersnaps or candy with ginger can help ease nausea.
Don’t be afraid to lie down and rest. Sometimes simply lying down and allowing the nausea to pass can be the best remedy. It can rejuvenate your body and give you the energy you need to get through the rest of the day.
The most important thing to remember is that morning sickness will normally only last for the first trimester, and you can finally enjoy the rest of the pregnancy without the nausea.