Say "No Way!" To Morning Sickness

Sep 22, 2015

Morning sickness, the lie that some pregnant mamas soon realize can mean "all day sickness". Nausea is one of the earliest and tell-tale signs of pregnancy, starting for some as early as five weeks. And while not pleasant, there are a few things you can do that can help take the edge off or stop it all together. 

Eat small portions, often. You may realize quickly that your nausea is worst when you are hungry, but having morning sickness on an empty stomach can make the situation worse. When you have no food in your system your stomach is still volatile, and you may end up tossing bile instead of "cookies". Nausea can be calmed by eating little amounts often throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels even. Keep a stash of bland crackers or snacks by your bedside table for when you first wake, and nibble on those when you first wake. Regular light, healthy snacks at times between meals can help curb cravings as well as any bouts of mid-day sickness.

Drink between meals. Sometimes liquids during a meal can cause a sensitive tummy to lurch. If this is something you are suffering from, try sipping on water between meals instead. Staying hydrated is important in pregnancy. A great goal for enough fluids in pregnancy is a glass of water for every time you use the washroom. Remember, sips are better than downing a glass when you are feeling unwell. 

Protein rich foods are your new best friend. Foods that are rich in vitamin B6 (the same vitamin found in Diclectin, a popular choice of anti-nausea medication in pregnancy) help combat nausea. Nuts, bananas, beans & legumes, avocados, and sunflower seeds are all excellent examples. Some mamas swear by watermelon to settle their stomachs, as well, although this has no trace of vitamin B6.

Avoid hard-to-digest foods. Fatty, sugary, and spicy foods can leave you looking for the nearest washroom. Instead, opt for nutrient rich foods like avocados, smoothies, yogurts, cheese, peanut butter/nut butter, brown rice, lean meats, fruits and veggies.

Sleep, nap, rest, or snooze. Stress and fatigue can make symptoms worse. It takes a lot of energy to grow a baby, and your body will show you signs of when you need to slow down. If you catch yourself yawning or becoming tired, take some time to rest or slow down. Even better, take advantage of an extra nap session on the weekend or an early night. Have older children, or siblings-to-be? See below for information on how you can ace "couch parenting".

Lemons. Citrus fruit slices in your water, or even the scent of a lemon may cut back the urge to... Well, you know. Bonus, you're getting more water into your day!

Remember your prenatal multivitamin. While not medically proven, some women find that their prenatal vitamin helps them with their daily battle with nausea. And while it does have the vitamin B6 in it, you also are taking great care of yourself and your little one when you take it. If it upsets your stomach or you know you have a hard time in the morning, try taking it at night with a light snack before bed. 

Be the driver, not the passenger. Sometimes the stop and go of another person driving can be all it takes for you to feel queasy. Take some control of the acceleration and movement by opting to drive, if that is an option. Buses can be a hard sell for a woman with morning sickness, but if you need to ride the bus try to sit forward facing and near a window. Cool air can help, and don't be afraid to speak up if you need to stop.

Acupuncture. Eastern and Western medical practitioners describe a pressure point about two inches above the crease on the inner aspect of the wrist. If this pressure point is stimulated, it may relieve nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy. You will also notice that these points are also stimulated on Sea Bands, sold at your local pharmacy. These points have been proven effective through research.

Cold meals vs Hot meals. I can personally agree with this one. I have terrible sickness in my pregnancies, and my doctor was the one who suggested this. When food is uncooked (or cooked and left to cool) it is less likely to overwhelm you with smells as you eat. A sensitive nose can easily turn your stomach. Bonus, if you're eating a raw meal like salads and veggies you are getting an even more nutrient packed meal.

Don't suffer in silence. Tell someone, they may be able to help. This is a common plight of mothers in pregnancy, and you are not alone. If you have other children, ask for help so you can grab a nap. Above all, remember that in the end you will have your babe in arms, and this will all have been a minor part of the journey. Stay positive.

Couch parenting, my personal favorite. When you have a soon-to-be older sibling, you may not have the time to nap. Having a rough day? You need couch parenting! Plan a lazy day, pop in a movie and snuggle up, prep your kids snacks and meals so they can grab-and-go, or snooze as they play around you. Trust me, this is survival mode at it's finest. Nap time? Take advantage of the time you have before baby comes and snuggle up to your little one for a tandem sleep.

What are your tips and tricks to beat the urge to puke?


By Chani Palindat


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