The queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach makes you sick. There are times when your stomach growls with hunger, but when you actually spoon and bite into your food, you feel like throwing up. All you want to do is curl in bed and rest. How you wish you could choose your pregnancy symptoms! Morning sickness decreases by the end of the first trimester. However, till then you have to pull through those first few uneasy weeks. Even if you’re constantly on the edge of bringing up you have to eat something for the sake of your baby. So if you’re pregnant and struggling with morning sickness, following are some of the methods to cope.
Ways to relieve vomiting and nausea during pregnancy
- Eat many Smaller Meals – On a regular basis, we eat three large meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner. During pregnancy, instead of three meals break up the daily calorie intake into six smaller meals. It will aid digestion and will also ensure the stomach does not remain empty. Snack on dry toasts, crackers, dry fruits, nuts or dry cereal.
- Allow Your Food to Digest – Walk for a while after you have eaten food. Do not sleep immediately.
- Prenatal Vitamins – You should take the recommended prenatal vitamins without fail. It will help reduce nausea. Not only this, it gives the body the strength to go through the day in the absence of food. One should never take vitamins on an empty stomach because they will make you feel worse. Many-a-times the prenatal vitamins do not agree with the stomach especially iron. You can speak to your doctor about lowering the dose if possible.
- Avoid Triggers – In women with high smell sensitivity, morning sickness is usually triggered by certain scents and smells. Try to avoid these smells. Do not go and open the refrigerator packed with food early in the morning as it may upset your stomach. For the first few initial weeks eat what you feel like even if it does not constitute a healthy balanced diet. Avoid rich, fatty and spicy foods as it irritates the stomach and is hard to digest. It is advised that you eat easy to digest, bland foods. You should also avoid non-food triggers such as heavy smell of perfume, very bright lights, a car ride or flickering lights.
- Increase Intake of Fluids – Dehydration and morning sickness is a dangerous combination. Even if you keep throwing up, do not decrease your fluid intake. Drink plenty of water. You can also drink fresh fruit juices, clear soda and tea. Don’t drink a full glass of water or juice in a single go. Sip it continuously.
- Rest – Rest is also necessary. Sleep well at night. Try to nap whenever you can. Short naps will help the body recuperate after a bout of nausea and vomiting. When you wake up in the morning, do not get up immediately. Sit for a while and then go to brush your teeth.
- Get Fresh Air – A warm stuffy room could also make a pregnant woman feel sick. Therefore, try to get fresh air. Open the windows of the room or a vehicle. Breathe deeply.
- Home Remedies – Home remedies also prove useful when it comes to relieving morning sickness. When you feel nauseous suck on a cube of ice. Ginger in the form of chew tablets (crystallized ginger or ginger candies) or light tea is also known to reduce nausea. You can also suck on peppermint candies or drink peppermint tea. Sniffing a slice of lemon can also help relieve nausea.
Does morning sickness need hospitalization?
Extreme and prolonged nausea and vomiting may require hospitalization. This condition is called Hyperemesis Gravidarum. And if left untreated it could result in low birth weight or preterm birth. It could also lead to dehydration and weight loss having a negative impact on the unborn baby. Hyperemesis Gravidarum cannot be treated with home remedies. Your doctor will most likely put you on IV and anti-nausea medications.