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Seven tips to deal with morning sickness during pregnancy

Pregnancy By Esther Muchene
Morning sickness can make it hard for you to stomach anything (Shutterstock)

Morning sickness is bouts of nausea and vomiting that typically occurs in the morning. It comes suddenly making it hard for you to stomach anything, even your favorite meals. This is caused by the pregnancy hormones and as far as we know, they can be quite hectic especially if it persists.

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Most women deal with the frequent nausea which isn’t usually harmful to the baby. But some suffer from a severe form of morning sickness which can cause weight loss and dehydration because you’re not getting the necessary vitamins required for a healthy pregnancy.

You shouldn’t have to suffer in silence. Try these morning sickness remedies and see which one works best.

1.Divide your mealtimes

Morning sickness makes it impossible for you to stomach three huge meals. Forcing yourself to keep up with the usual meal schedule could be making you queasy and you might end up throwing up everything you just ate.

It’s better to spread out your mealtimes throughout the day, into smaller portions. You’ll be less nauseous because you won’t be too full or too hungry, both which trigger the bouts.

Add some snacks in between like biscuits, salt crackers and nuts so that your stomach isn’t triggered.

2.Change your diet

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Stay away from spicy, greasy foods. They’ll make you feel worse. Spicy foods in particular can trigger acid reflux and it will definitely ruin your day.

Instead, focus on eating nutritional meals like healthy carbs and proteins which are known to be easy on the stomach. You should also try adding more ginger to your diet whether it’s by grating some of it in your food while cooking or drinking it as tea. It really works.

3.Know your triggers

The slightest things can trigger the nausea. It could be the smell of a certain cleaning product, cheesy snacks, perfume on your dresser or even the smell of spices. The quicker you keep these things out of sight, the better the progress. If you’re visiting a place and someone’s perfume irritates you, feel free to walk out and get some fresh air.

The frequent nausea isn’t usually harmful to the baby (Shutterstock)

4.Separate solids and liquids

Your body might actually be sensitive to sipping drinks with meals. If you can, eat foods separately then take fluids later. You can also try eating cold meals like salads in case the smell of food cooking irritates you and drink cool drinks to help you cope.

5.Get enough rest

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Spend most of your time resting so that both your mind and body can relax. The nausea is aggravated by exhaustion and stress. This will also give you time to forget about the nausea for a while which actually gives positive results.

6.Talk to your doctor

You can also get some medication to deal with the morning sickness. There are pregnancy friendly options that your doctor will prescribe for you.

7.Take it easy

Don’t quickly jump out of bed or do any rigorous activities until you feel better. When you wake up in the morning for instance, stay in bed for a few minutes, chew on salty snacks then slowly get out of bed. Doing everything in a rush certainly won’t help.

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