One of the very first pregnancy signs is the nausea or morning sickness. Unfortunately, you’ll pretty soon discover that morning sickness is a misnomer. Morning sickness can strike at any time of the day, night, or afternoon and can even last all day.
If you’re lucky, it’ll stick to the mornings and be mild. If you’re very unlucky you might end up with something called hyperemesis gravidarum. See your doctor if you can’t keep any food or water down. Dehydration is dangerous to you and to your baby.
When I was pregnant with my little one I felt quite nauseous quite frequently but I never vomited. Unfortunately, even just feeling nauseous is quite debilitating and extremely unpleasant. It was so bad I ended up getting medication from the doctor which helped. I know that many people don’t want to go on medication while they’re pregnant – understand completely!
Here are several tips on how to control nausea in early pregnancy:
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1. Eat a snack before bed
One of the main causes of pregnancy nausea is your blood sugar dropping. You can help prevent this by having a small snack before bed so that your blood sugar is not so low in the morning
2. Eat a snack before you get out of bed
Plan to have a snack by your bedside table ready for you to eat. Some women find that if they eat before they get out of bed they feel a lot better And they aren’t hit with that wave of nausea as soon as they move.
Something simple like a few crackers beside your bedside table might be all it takes to control your nausea.
3. Eating ginger
Ginger is a traditional remedy for nausea. Many people swear by it and I myself a ton of ginger in the first trimester. Crystallized ginger is delicious as a snack or you could have ginger tea or gingerbread cookies. Delicious!
4. Seasickness acupressure bracelets
Now I never tried this one, but many people swear by it. The bracelets have small indentations or bumps that put pressure on certain points in your wrist that are said to help with nausea and seasickness. If this works for you this is a great non-medical way to cure your nausea!
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5. What’s in your diet
It’s possible that your diet is contributing to your morning sickness. Make sure you’re consuming healthy vegetables and fruits, minimal low quality protein and not too much caffeine or alcohol. Less nutritious and salty foods can contribute to making you feel nauseous. Healthy fats like avocado and green leafy veggies can help you feel a lot better.
6. See Your Doctor If You Are Concerned
If you’re finding it difficult to function because of nausea or you’re concerned about whether you’re keeping enough food and fluid down, see your doctor.
There are one or two different kinds of medications that you can take for nausea in pregnancy. Check with your doctor about which would be best for you and if you should take it.
Some final tips for fighting nausea
Don’t skip meals! Eat something, anything you can stomach, even if that’s dry toast.
Wrapping it up
Are you experiencing nausea? What helped you? Let us know in the comments!