Experiencing morning sickness during pregnancy is very common. Although it leaves you feeling nauseous and miserable, it is a good indicator that the hormonal levels in your body are just right to help your baby grow and develop. Morning sickness is caused by a hormone named Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) and can be experienced anytime during the day. Since the feeling of nausea and vomiting is high during the morning in most women, the term ‘morning sickness’ is used.
Morning sickness usually subsides by the time you reach the 12th to 14th week of your pregnancy. But these initial weeks of pregnancy can be quiet challenging due to morning sickness. The good news is that there are some simple remedies that help to reduce or treat morning sickness.
7 Simple Ways To Treat Morning Sickness During Pregnancy Are –
Never Keep Your Stomach Empty
You must take care not to stay on an empty stomach for a very long time. Empty stomach aggravates the feeling of nausea. Drink a little water whenever you wake up at night to go to the bathroom. If possible, keep a box of biscuits on your night stand. Nibble into one whenever you wake up at night. Also avoid brushing your teeth in the morning on an empty stomach. Have a biscuit or a cracker first. Drink a little water. This will help to control morning sickness experienced during the morning hours.
Avoid Large Meals During Pregnancy
Instead of heavy lunch and dinner, space out your meals. Have small portions of food after regular intervals. This will help you feel light and less nauseous. Also try to rest a little after every meal. If you are in office then avoid walking around too much after your meals.
Try Lemon To Cure Morning Sickness
Lemon or lime is a very effective natural cure for morning sickness. The citrus smell of lime reduces the feeling of nausea. You can add few drops of lemon to your drinking water. You can also add the zest of a lemon, lime or orange to your tea. It will help to make you feel fresh.
Aromatherapy During Pregnancy
There are several women who are skeptical about the benefits of aromatherapy. But studies have shown that the smell of lime, peppermint, spearmint, jasmine, lavender, rosemary, marjoram etc actually help to sooth the nerve and helps you to relax. You can either use these essential oils for a relaxing body massage or you can add a few drops of the oil on your handkerchief and smell it whenever you feel nauseous. Every woman has their own preferences. So you need to find out which fragrance works best for you.
Chewing of fennel seeds sometimes reduces the feeling of vomiting and hence helps in treating morning sickness. Chew a teaspoon full of fennel seed whenever you get nauseous for instant relief.
Ginger is known for its properties to reduce morning sickness. You can have ginger in the form of ginger tea, candied ginger or non-fizzy ginger ale during pregnancy. However try to avoid having ginger on an empty stomach as it might cause acidity. A cup of ginger green tea is actually best for soothing morning sickness. It is full of antioxidant and helps you feel fresh and light. Avoid too much of ginger biscuits as they are high on sugar content and will result in unnecessary weight gain.
Keep Yourself Occupied
Try to distract yourself. Some studies show that by keeping yourself occupied you tend to feel less nauseous. The key is to keep your mind from continuously thinking about the feeling of nausea. Find something that you really enjoy doing – talking to a friend or reading a book or solving puzzles. It can be anything as long as you enjoy doing it and stops you from thinking about morning sickness.
By following these simple ways of treating morning sickness you will be able to sail through your pregnancy with ease and comfort.