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Remedies Morning Sickness - How to Prevent and Stop Morning Sickness

Updated on September 1, 2011

Morning Sickness

More than half of all pregnant women experience some type of morning sickness during their first trimester of pregnancy. As a matter of fact, nausea and vomiting can be one of the first clues to indicate to a woman that she might be pregnant.

Morning sickness usually occurs around the 6th week of pregnancy and for most women seems to stop around the 12th week.

Regardless of its name, morning sickness does not have to occur only in the morning. For many woman the feeling of nausea can affect them on and off all day long.

These nauseous feelings are often a result of the increased hormones in your body and while it might not feel like it now, many health care providers actually think that morning sickness is a good sign that shows that the placenta is developing well.

While that might sound comforting in theory, it is probably not going to make you feel better physically.

Luckily there are quite a few home remedies that can help keep the nausea or vomiting at bay while you count the days till the end of your first trimester.

Keep Crackers by the Bed

One of the most popular and effective home remedies for morning sickness is to eat a couple of crackers or dry cereal as soon as you wake up, preferably before you even get out of bed. You can also nibble on them during the night if the need arises. This is a great way to quell nausea. It is also a good idea to carry a few crackers around with you during the day just in case nausea comes up unexpectedly.

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Get out of Bed Slowly

It is best to take your time before getting out of bed. Set your alarm for at least 20 minutes before you have to get up - nibble on your crackers - then lay back while they do their job. Gently sit up for a few minutes to let your stomach regain its balance, then gently get out of bed. Morning sickness can sometimes act like motion sickness - so jumping out of bed in the morning can sometimes contribute to your feeling nauseous.

Avoid Food That Turn You Off

Do your best to avoid foods and smells that will trigger your nausea. Do not be overly concerned at this point about a balanced diet. It is OK to eat the few things that appeal to you right now.

Stick to Cooler or Blander Foods

The hotter the food, the stronger the aroma. It might be best at this point to try and stick with foods that are at room temperature or cold.

Use the Microwave

At this stage of pregnancy it might be best to avoid the heavy cooking smells of an oven ro stove. Cooking in the microwave usually produces less odors

Eat Frequently Throughout the Day

It seems that an empty stomach is quite often what will bring on that nauseous feeling. Eating 5 or 6 small meals throughout the day is a good way to keep the feeling at bay.

Replace Electrolytes

If you find that you are vomiting often it is important to replace missing electrolytes. A sports drink such as Gatorade can help your body regain its balance.

Avoid Fatty and Spicy Foods

Faty foods take longer to digest and fried, rich, spicy, or acidic food can irritate your digestive system, so try to avoid these foods for the first trimester if you suffer from morning sickness.

Rest Often

If you have an active lifestyle this might be asking the impossible, but nausea can become worse if you're tired. Try to rest often during this period with naps, reading a book, watching television - be sure to give yourself some downtime.

Try Peppermint or Lemon

Both Peppermint and lemon are soothing to the stomach. When you ingest them or even when you smell them. You can suck on lemon drops or peppermint candies when feeling nauseas - drink lemon tea or peppermint tea - fill a diffuser with either smell when sitting in a room or even apply some peppermint oil or lemon oil to a handkerchief to smell when feeling nauseas or when you are trying to avoid other smells that are making your stomach turn.

Try Ginger

Real ginger can work wonders for an upset stomach - even for people who are not pregnant. Try and find a Ginger ale made with real ginger (many supermarket brands aren’t) or make yourself some Ginger tea. You might even want to try ginger candies so you can carry them around with you.

Try an Acupressure Band

You can find acupressure bands (which is a soft cotton wristband) in most drugstores. While originally designed for seasickness, many pregnant women swear theses bands also ward off morning sickness. There is a plastic button on the band that pushes against an acupressure point on the underside of your wrist which is supposed to eliminate nausea. While some research indicates that it is simply a placebo effect, if it works...does it matter?

Watch Out for Other Triggers

Do your best to avoid certain triggers such as the smell of heavy perfume, car rides, warm or stuffy rooms, even certain visual stimuli like flickering lights that might contribute to your feeling sick.

Take Prenatal Vitamins with Food or Switch to One with Lower Iron

The iron in prenatal vitamins can be a little tough on your digestive track so try taking your prenatal vitamins with food. If you find they still upset your stomach, ask your doctor if you can switch to a prenatal vitamin with a low dose of iron or no iron for the first trimester.

For more easy to use home remedies visit Home Remedies for Everything.


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