Remedies to Control Morning Sickness
Posted in Parents To Be on Monday, April 15th, 2013
What is Morning Sickness?
Nausea in pregnancy, typically occurring in the first few months is called morning sickness. However, the name is a misnomer as the nausea can affect pregnant women at any time of day.
More or less all women suffer from nausea in pregnancy. It usually starts around 6 weeks of pregnancy. But most women get complete relief by about 14 weeks. For some, it may last a month or so more and may return in bouts later in pregnancy. But for some unfortunate women, the symptoms can last till the day of delivery. Though the nausea becomes a part of your life, frequent vomiting can leave you exhausted and miserable.
Though the exact reason for nausea during pregnancy is not known; doctors blame it on the rapidly rising levels of hormones like HCG and Estrogen in the body.
Here are a few remedies to control morning sickness.
Look what you eat:
You may have heard this time and again, but what you eat really makes a lot of difference.
• Instead of consuming large meals at one go, try to focus on eating smaller portions at regular intervals of 2 hours. Digestive system slows down during pregnancy and food sits in the stomach for longer period. Eating small but frequent meals will reduce the pressure on digestion.
• Avoid fatty, spicy, fried foods and white flour products.
• Never stay hungry. It’s advisable to eat early.
• Snack on fruit, dry fruits or nuts, fresh fruits, sprouts, whole-meal bread etc.
• Keep a box of seeds and nuts, whole wheat crackers etc. by your bedside. Have some before going to sleep or immediately after waking up. It helps control blood sugar levels.
• Don’t sleep immediately after eating. Stay awake and active for at least half an hour after meals.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Not only water, you can try different drinks like chhas, lassi, fruit smoothies, herbal teas etc. to keep the variety. However, avoid fruit juices with preservatives, caffeine and aerated drinks. They create acid which leads to vomiting.
Ginger is believed to possess magical properties to soothe stomach and combat nausea. Add a slice of raw ginger to water or tea, sip cool ginger ale or eat ginger cookies or shortbread.
Some women even add cinnamon stick to water.
Yes, exercising regularly helps in digestion of food, reducing constipation and acidity. Walk or swim for at least 45 mins daily. You can also indulge in light yogasanas daily that specially help during pregnancy. Just take care not to exercise immediately after eating.
You must ensure you get a good night´s sleep. Hence, take proper precautions to ensure you sleep well like eating early, exercising, wearing loose and comfortable night clothes, and using a maternity body pillow that will properly help you support your back and stomach.
Take naps during the day.
Sniff Fresh Scents:
Morning sickness has largely been associated with smells too. As pregnant women become more sensitive to odours; any unpleasant or strong smell can trigger a fresh bout of nausea and vomiting in them. The best course of action is to escape the smell that’s bothering you. But in case you can’t, it’s advisable to keep a few lemons or rosemary with you and sniff them whenever any strong odour hits you.
Remember, these remedies will help in minimizing nausea in pregnancy but they may or may not completely cure it. If it’s becoming difficult for you to manage nausea and keep any food down; it may lead to dehydration and malnutrition. Then it’s better to consult your doctor. He may prescribe you medications to help you feel better. But avoid taking any medication without your doctor’s consent.