Morning Sickness

Most mums-to-be experience at least some episodes of nausea, vomiting and dry heaves during their early pregnancy. In fact, according to Health Direct Australia, up to 80% of pregnant women experience morning sickness during their first few months.

While there is nothing you can do to prevent morning sickness, there are some tips for helping to ease morning sickness and make the early stages of pregnancy more manageable.

1. Avoid tastes and smells that trigger nausea. Scented candles, perfumes, coffee, petrol, odours from foods being cooked and any other strong smells may trigger morning sickness.

2. Keep small snacks with you at all times. Keep crackers next to your bed, in the car and at your desk. Snacking throughout the day can help ward off morning sickness.

3. Eat frequent small meals. Eating five or six small meals per day can help to stabilise blood sugar and keep your tummy feeling full, which can curb nausea.

4. Suck on or smell a lemon. Sucking on lemon drop candies like Preggie Pops or sniffing a fresh lemon can help reduce nausea.

5. Take your prenatal vitamin with the last meal. Prenatal vitamins can often trigger nausea so be sure to take them with food to help reduce morning sickness.

6. Take antacids. With your doctor’s permission, take an antacid tablet or drink right after you wake up and right before you go to bed. Doing so can help to help to neutralise nausea.

7. Chew on ginger. Chewing on crystallised ginger can help reduce nausea. Ginger has been used for centuries to help curb nausea.

8. Try peppermint. Drinking a cup of peppermint tea or sucking on peppermint candy may soothe an upset stomach and curb morning sickness.

9. Consider acupuncture. Check with your doctor first, but many pregnant women find that wearing Sea-Bands bracelets (generally used to combat car sickness) relieves nausea with no negative side effects. Sea-Bands put pressure on a specific pressure point in the wrist that can help curb nausea.

10. Eat bland foods. Plain foods are less likely to trigger nausea and cause heartburn. Fruits and complex carbohydrates are good choices for sensitive stomachs.

While morning sickness is certainly not the best part of pregnancy, it’s a good indicator that your pregnancy is progressing well. Morning sickness is associated with a reduced miscarriage risk and fortunately, by the third month of pregnancy, morning sickness usually passes and you can get back to enjoying your pregnancy.

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