Easing Morning Sickness

10 Tips to Ease Morning Sickness

Pregnant women with morning sickness, nausea
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Being pregnant means that about 75% of women will feel queasy or actually vomit at some point in their pregnancy, usually very early. While there isn't one magic cure, here are some of the top tips to help ease your stomach.

1.  Take two crackers...

Two crackers before your head leaves the pillow is old but wise advice. There are moms who swear by this, though some take it a bit further and say add some protein, like peanut butter.

It certainly can't hurt to try it.

2.  Think Small

Smaller frequent meals can also help keep an ailing belly at bay. 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.

3.  Avoidance

Avoid foods and smells that seem to trigger nausea. Sometimes this will be nearly every food or every smell.  This may also mean that you make changes in your life like skipping perfume, switching your deodorant, and even changing toothpastes. Trust me, a sensitive gag reflex will thank you.

4.  Blood Sugar

Eat something high in protein before going to bed. 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 handful of it while you're up to go to the bathroom in the night.

5.  A Cookie a Day...

Ginger, teas, cookies, even the spice can be helpful in preventing nausea.

There are also sucker and dandy drop versions of these products to help you. Some prefer a good old fashioned peppermint or butterscotch.

6.  Ice, Ice, Baby

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

This can be a huge problem for some women, and not even because they are actually throwing up, but because they are avoiding drinking water for fear of throwing up.

7.  Pressure

Acupressure bands can be worn like bracelets and can curb nausea while you wear them. But be forewarned as one mom says, stand next to a bucket or toilet when you take them off! These come in a variety of styles and fashions.

8.  Great Breath

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 the excessive salivation that can happen sometimes.

9.  Relax

Take a deep breath. It might be mind over matter sometimes. This sounds hokey but actually worked for me several times when I absolutely couldn't afford to be ill. It didn't curb the nausea but kept my lunch in my body. Even if this trick only works as a stop gap measure until you get to where you can let go - it's worth it.

10.  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 where asking yourself: What could I eat today? is the best you can do. This may mean a diet of Tootsie rolls or fruit leather or juice only. It is certainly better than nothing. Remember, the first trimester is only temporary.

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