Pregnancy may be a magical time, but when every sight, sound, and smell makes you want to vomit, it can be hard to appreciate the new life growing inside of you. Morning sickness — which can actually occur at any time of day — has the power to make expectant mothers miserable.
How to Prevent (Or At Least Minimize) Morning Sickness
The cause of morning sickness is unknown and there is no official "cure," but there are steps you can take to limit its frequency and severity. Different remedies work for different women, so try several from the following list of suggested treatments to find one that works for you.
1. Eat small, frequent snacks throughout the day. An empty stomach can make nausea worse.
2. Eat foods you can tolerate. If crackers are the only food you can eat without vomiting, eat crackers. Same goes for potato chips.
3. Stay hydrated. Sip fluids (preferably water) frequently throughout the day to avoid dehydration.
4. Try carbonated beverages. Your stomach may tolerate a fizzy beverage better than plain water. If you want to avoid soda, try carbonated water with a slice of lemon.
5. Avoid unpleasant odors. Potent smells — like perfume or raw meat — can easily trigger nausea when you're expecting.
6. Use citrus fruits. Some women report that smelling or sucking on citrus fruits like lemons and oranges can reduce symptoms of morning sickness.
7. Consume enough protein. Nosh on high-protein snacks like nuts, string cheese, and power bars, or try making a high-protein breakfast smoothie.
9. Try Preggie Pops. Many pregant women swear by these lollipops, which come in a variety of flavors and are meant to alleviate nausea.
10. Eat before getting out of bed. Keep a dry snack (such as a high-protein cereal) on your nightstand so you can eat first thing in the morning, or when you wake up at 3 a.m. and can't go back to sleep.
11. Eat cold foods. If you're particularly sensitive to smells, cold foods (which have fewer odors) may bother you less.
12. Avoid cooking. Sure, it's not always possible when you have a family to feed, but if you have someone else willing to cook for you, let them.
13. Breathe fresh air. Spend more time outside, and keep your windows open. Well-ventilated rooms can prevent the odors that often cause nausea.
14. Suck hard candy. Some women swear by Jolly Ranchers, others insist that sour lemon candies are best, and still others prefer the classic red and white peppermints.
15. Use ginger. Ginger has long been a popular treatment for nausea, so drink ginger ale or ginger tea, take ginger capsules, or snack on crystallized ginger.
16. Take Vitamin B6 supplements. Daily supplements of Vitamin B6 help some women, but be sure to talk with your doctor or midwife before starting these.
17. Try fennel. Fennel seeds are thought to calm a queasy stomach, and small doses — usually made into a tea — are sometimes recommended to treat morning sickness.
18. Eat bland foods. Spicy and greasy foods should be avoided, as they can exacerbate symptoms.
19. Smell lavender. The scent of lavender helps alleviate nausea for some women.
20. Eat mint. Try drinking mint tea, chewing fresh mint, or sucking on peppermint-flavored candies.
21. Take medications. If you rmorning sickness is severe, your doctor may prescribe a medication such as Zofran or Reglan to give you some relief.
22. Use essential oils. Aromatherapy — which relies on smelling essential oils — has long been used to treat morning sickness in many cultures. Be sure you know which oils are safe to use during pregnancy, and which ones should be avoided.
24. Wear Sea-Bands. The acupressure bands, which are sold over-the-counter, may be meant to combat sea sickness, but many pregnant women swear by them.
25. Take naps. If you can, lie down after eating. Morning sickness can be worse when you're tired, so be sure to get enough sleep.
Did you suffer from morning sickness during pregnancy? Which remedies worked for you? Remember, this is just a list of remedies that some women find helpful, and is not meant to replace the advice of your midwife or doctor.