How to ease morning sickness
How to ease morning sickness, is the first article in our series; how to ease pregnancy ailments through diet and lifestyle. Nutritionist, Charlotte Stirling-Reed, helps you tackle the most common pregnancy ailments head on with simple changes to your diet and lifestyle. For improving pregnancy constipation see pregnancy constipation.
Morning sickness is experienced by most women during the first trimester of pregnancy, usually occurring less during the later stages. Morning sickness, sometimes called NVP (nausea and vomiting during pregnancy), can actually occur at any time of the day or night but gets its name as it is most frequently reported at the beginning of the day.
For some women morning sickness can be very severe, even those with bearable nausea can find it debilitating especially if you have to go out to work, another child to look after. Diet and lifestyle changes are the first line of defence against NVP, so here are the top suggestions listed by pregnant women. Remember that all women are individual and so the best way to tell is to try and see what works best for you!
1. Get plenty of rest
Feeling tired and lethargic will add to any nausea you have so make sure you take time out every day to put your feet up and rest. Additionally make sure you are getting enough sleep.
2. Eat regularly, little and often
An empty stomach can increase the likelihood of feeling sick so make sure you eat little amounts, so as not to become to full, and eat often. This will help to keep your energy levels up as well as keeping blood sugars stable
3. Snack on savoury and plain foods
Have crackers, toast or breadsticks and avoid fatty or greasy foods as well as strong tasting or spicy foods which can trigger nausea. Take some plain crackers to bed with you and have them 20 minutes before you get up to reduce those – oh so common morning rushes to the bathroom.
4. Avoid triggers
Avoid foods that you know from previous experience trigger your nausea and if possible get someone else to prepare meals and do the grocery shopping.
5. Drink plenty of fluids
Make sure you replace any lost fluid even if you don’t feel like drinking and keep yourself hydrated by sipping on small amounts of fluid at regular intervals throughout the day. Drinking large amounts may cause your stomach to bloat and you to vomit so stick to small, regular sips of water.
6. Try ginger
Many women swear by ginger as a treatment for nausea and this plant has been used for many years as an aid to sickness. So try taking ginger supplements from a reputable source or sipping on some ginger tea.
Remember to eat well during pregnancy and see your health care professional for any further questions or any concerns.
For more information on pregnancy symptoms see early signs of pregnancy. If you are at all concerned do not hesitate to call your GP or doctor for medical advice.
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