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Learn Ways To Combat Morning Sickness

Updated on June 20, 2015

Morning sickness is a misnomer for a malady that can strike in the morning, noon or night; and in many cases it lasts through the day. However, not all pregnant women experience morning sickness. There are a number of factors that can trigger morning sickness – including

  1. High estrogen level
  2. Spike in levels of the (hormone) hCG in the blood stream
  3. Stretching of uterine muscles
  4. Sudden relaxation of muscles in the digestive tract, resulting in the digestive process getting hampered
  5. Influx of acidic juices in the stomach
  6. Improved sense of smell pregnant women develop
  7. Fatigue

Regrettably, there is currently no cure for morning sickness; but there are ways of easing symptoms.

The Sea-Band Thwarts Morning Sickness

The sea-band has proven to be the best alternative therapy by far that has shown positive results in fighting morning sickness.

These are 2.5 centimeter wide elastic wrist bands that apply pressure on pressure points located on the inside of the wrist. It is a form of acupressure.

The bands have to be worn on both wrists, are safe, have no side-effects, and very effective.

Alternatively, you can use the 'Relief Band' is a more sophisticated version of the sea-band. These run on battery, and use electronic stimulation on the pressure points.

Fresh Watermelon, tomato and apple juice
Fresh Watermelon, tomato and apple juice

Drink Plenty of Fluids

You need to replenish the water you lose, especially if the nausea results in vomiting. Sip on juices, soups, milk shakes and herbal teas to replace the lost water. Staying dehydrated is as crucial during pregnancy, as it is other times – ( water can prevent cramps, another common problem faced by pregnant women).

When you are feeling nauseous liquids can be a lot easier to get down than solid food. When you have fresh juices, soups etcetera, you can be assured of getting nutrients that you and the fetus developing inside you require.

If, however, you feel queasy with all that liquid, then switch to raw fruits and vegetables, with a high water content. Apples, melons, oranges, cucumber and tomatoes are some foods that you can try.

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Eat Foods Rich in Carbs and Protein

Foods high in carbohydrates and protein are known to suppress nausea. Eat a diet rich in these food groups. Eat, smaller meals throughout the day.

Have foods like brown rice, pulses, beans and seasonal fruits that have complex carbohydrate. These provide you nutrients, keep your blood sugar levels up and provide fiber.

Fiber in the diet will ward of constipation (constipation is yet, another symptom caused by pregnancy) and absorb the acidic juices in the digestive tract that cause acid reflux.

Proteins are good for you too, especially when you suffer from morning sickness. Poached eggs, grilled meats and fish, low fat yogurt and soy are all good sources of protein.

Avoid too much of oil in your food when you feel nausea.

Poached eggs
Poached eggs | Source
Healthy tuna and lettuce sandwich
Healthy tuna and lettuce sandwich | Source

Avoid Foods That Make You Sick

Pregnancy is weird in a way. Just the sight, odor or taste of certain foods can make you sick. Keep away from food smells that trigger morning sickness. It could be something as routine as bacon sizzling on the stove or the smell of coffee.

Eating some foods might make you want to retch. So, don’t force feed yourself; instead get some nutritional guidance from your doctor and substitute foods that trigger morning sickness with other equally healthier options.

If you are going through a phase where only sweet foods appeal to your taste buds; then eat just those. A little planning is all you’ll need to get the nutrition quotient right in your food. Make a meal of sweet peaches and cottage cheese for your daily dose of protein and vitamin A; instead of carrots and steak.

Substitute the morning cereal and juice with a tuna and lettuce sandwich if savory foods make you less queasy.

Don’t Stay Hungry

Another trick that tackles morning sickness is eating small meals at short intervals. Most pregnant women benefit from this. Eating smaller meals every 2 – hours ensures your blood sugar levels remain at an even keel. Low sugar levels can also trigger bouts of nausea in pregnant women.

Munch on healthy snacks – dried fruits and nuts, fresh fruits and whole grain crackers. Have a juice or a shake and you’ll feel satiated.


Sleep Eating, Wake-Up Eating

This is the time to break all rules. You are allowed to eat in bed. Have a high protein and high complex carb snack before going to sleep – like celery and humus or yogurt and a handful of nuts.

Eat a high carb snack the minute you wake up in the morning – it could be a bowl of muesli or a banana.

Also nibble on a something if you wake up at night. The idea is to keep your tummy full all the time to avoid nausea. Remember, pregnancy is no time to watch your weight!

Sleep Is Vital to a Pregnant Woman’s Health

Mental and physical exertion can also trigger nausea when your hormones are playing up. Learn to relax and keep stress at bay. Learn some breathing exercises as done in yoga. These can be very helpfully in bringing down anxiety and stress.

Get ample rest - get some sleep during the day as well. Listen to instrumental music, as it can be therapeutic and soothe stressed out nerves.

A little over 50% of pregnant women suffer from morning sickness during the first trimester of their pregnancy. Most women cope with the problem using the aforementioned techniques.

Apart from the approach mentioned here you can also try complementary methods such as aromatherapy, acupuncture, acupressure, yoga and hypnosis to relieve yourself of morning sickness.

Maternity Clothes

Shop for maternity clothes that give you room to breathe. Tight clothes can be restricting and hinder proper blood circulation that can make you uneasy. Clothes tight around the stomach can make the stomach fluids to surge up and make you want to throw up.

If the weather is warm choose cotton dresses over synthetic ones.

© 2014 Juana


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