If you are in your early months of pregnancy chances are you are experiencing some degree of morning sickness. Despite it’s confusing name, morning sickness can strike any time of the day (or linger all day as was the case with my pregnancy). Take comfort in knowing that morning sickness is actually a sign that you have a healthy and well-implanted embryo. Nausea should subside by about the third month of pregnancy. Until then, try some of the following tips to make it through your day:
- Recognize your triggers: Try to pinpoint what triggers your nausea and avoid these things as much as possible. Common culprits are perfumes, coffee, cooked meat, and body odors.
- Avoid an empty stomach– Most women feel worse when they are running on an empty stomach. Keep some snacks by your bedside table to nibble on before you get out of bed.
- Stick to the foods that agree with you– It can be hard to eat enough when nausea is involved. If the thought of cooking food makes you want to curl up into a ball (as was the case with me), consider sticking to a raw foods diet for the first few months. Cold foods are sometimes more tolerable that hot. Smoothies are a great way to pack nutrients into an easy to eat and digest treat.
- Avoid large meals – eat several smaller meals throughout the day instead of three large meals. Try to always have easy-to-grab snacks on hand.
- Acupressure – I don’t know how i would have made it through my first pregnancy without the use of acupressure sea bands.These wrist bands provide continuous pressure to an anti-nausea pressure point.
- Add anti-nausea foods to your diet – Foods that naturally calm the stomach include fennel, ginger, and peppermint. Tea is a great way to enjoy!
- Get Plenty of Sleep – Being tired can make symptoms worse so be sure to get enough sleep at night and make time for naps!
- Drink Water – Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
- Snack before bed – Enjoy a protein dense snack before going to bed for the night.
I hope some of these tips help you get through the first trimester as comfortably as possible. If there is anything else that has helped you during pregnancy please share!