Pregnancy

Overcoming Morning Sickness

Overcoming Morning Sickness

Key Takeaways

  • Try eating small frequent meals of bland food.
  • Try grating fresh ginger in your teas, smoothies and salads.
  • Stay hydrated, taking small sips throughout the day.

Morning sickness is caused by your body releasing the pregnancy hormone HCG- which is released at it's highest levels during the first trimester.

As many as 90% of all pregnant women experience some form of morning sickness during pregnancy.  Although not all the morning sickness remedies may be helpful, the trick is finding what works for you. 

Ward-off Nausea with a Fresh Scent:

Most often morning sickness is found to be associated with smell. Your increased estrogen production is making you more sensitive to smell and can induce nausea when encountering food or other unpleasant aromas. Try to have a bottle of fresh lemon extract or rosemary with you and sneak a sniff whenever and wherever required.

Eat frequent meals:

You may not feel like eating, but it is essential for your baby's development, and plays an important role in combating morning sickness.  Studies show that eating small frequent meals(bland, nothing spicy or acidic) is key to preventing the onset of nausea.  For those who still can't seem to kick it- try the B.R.A.T. diet which consists of:

  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Applesauce
  • Toast

These are generally bland when at the same time being lower in fiber content-making it easy for you to digest. Apart from these, you can also add tea and yogurt to your diet.

Try ginger!

Fresh ginger roots are believed to be effective as digestive aids. Ginger ale is always an option, but for the best results,  grate fresh ginger roots and put them in smoothies, salads and tea.

Drink plenty of fluids.

Hydration is key during the entire pregnancy, especially if you are suffering from morning sickness.  Although nausea can prevent you from drinking large quantities at one time, you are advised to sip fluids throughout the day. You can try doing this with the help of straws too. The daily recommended quantity is six to eight glasses of water.