How to Ease Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

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About 75% of pregnant women will feel queasy or actually vomit at some point in their pregnancy, usually very early on in the first trimester. This is called morning sickness, but it can happen at any time of the day or night. While there isn't one magic cure for morning sickness, here are some of the top tips to help ease your stomach.

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What Does Morning Sickness Feel Like?

Eat Two Crackers

Eat two crackers before your head leaves the pillow. This is old but wise advice. There are moms who swear by this, though some take it a bit further and add some protein, like peanut butter. It certainly can't hurt to try it. You might even think of it as the middle-of-the-night snack. If your bladder gets you up, grab a cracker on your way to the bathroom.

Think Small

Smaller, more frequent meals can also help an ailing belly. If you nibble on food all day long, you are likely to be able to keep it down, at least some of the time. Having a bit of food sometimes makes you feel better. This might be about blood sugar, or it can simply be about comfort. Grazing as a way to ingest calories can be very helpful.

Avoid Triggers

Avoid foods and smells that seem to trigger nausea. Sometimes nearly every food or every smell can trigger your nausea.  This may also mean that you make changes in your life like skipping perfume, switching your deodorant, and even changing toothpaste brands. A sensitive gag reflex will thank you.

Manage Your Blood Sugar

Eat something high in protein before going to bed. It helps your blood sugar stay more level throughout the night and into the morning. Another suggestion is to leave a snack by your bed and to eat a bit while you're up to go to the bathroom in the night.

Try Ginger

Ginger can be very helpful in preventing nausea. This includes any ginger-containing products including teas, baked goods, other beverages, or even the root itself. There are also sucker and candy drop ginger containing products to help you.

Drink Ice Water

Have sips of ice water as the urge to purge strikes. Many pregnant people say that this helps them keep meals down as well. Sipping ice water all day will also help you stay hydrated.

Dehydration in early pregnancy can be a huge problem for some people. It can happen because they are actually throwing up, or because they are avoiding drinking water for fear of throwing up. Trying your best to stay well hydrated is important, because dehydration itself can cause nausea in pregnancy.

Try Acupressure

Acupressure bands are worn like tight-fitting bracelets and can curb nausea while you wear them. They come in a variety of styles and fashions.

Try Peppermint

Peppermint, either smelling it in aromatherapy form or sipping the tea, can help curb nausea. It's also known to help with sagging energy levels. Hard candy, in general, can also help with the dry mouth and even out the excessive salivation (ptyalism) that can sometimes happen with morning sickness.

Breathe

Take a deep breath. It might be mind over matter sometimes. Even if this trick only works as a stop-gap measure until you get to where you can let go, it's worth it.

Eat Comfort Food

Eat what you can, if it stays down it is probably a good thing. Slowly add more foods to your diet as possible. There are certainly days when asking yourself: What could I eat today? is the best you can do. It is certainly better than nothing. Remember, the first trimester is only temporary.

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