Morning sickness is one of the most common ailments during pregnancy. According to the Mayo Clinic close to 70% of pregnant women suffer from morning sickness during the first trimester. For most women this pesky symptom will go away as the second trimester begins, however, for some women it may stick around. Morning sickness can be very aggravating, especially when everything seems to make it worse. Luckily women from generations before us have discovered a few helpful things to get you through.
Here are a few things that are reported to make the nausea more tolerable.
Ginger: recent research has confirmed that ginger can help manage morning sickness during the first months of pregnancy. When absorbed into the GI tract ginger helps to sooth nausea. Nausea is usually worse in the morning so starting your day with a bit of ginger can help to sooth the nausea throughout the day. Here are a few suggestions for adding a little ginger to your diet, sprinkle crystallized ginger on your cereal, have toast with ginger jam, or tea made from steeped fresh ginger slices.
Nausea Breaking Foods: nausea breaking foods are those foods that will break the nausea cycle. For each woman it will be different since nausea itself is triggered by different things for different women. For example, if spicy foods make your nauseous try something bland the break the cycle. This technique with require a little trial and error, the key is to identify the trigger and usually the opposite type of food will break the cycle.
Tried and Tested: women who have suffered from morning sickness in their own pregnancies can be the best source of ideas on how to manage the nausea. We have all heard that crackers are a staple for those suffering through morning sickness. There are a few other common foods that moms who have suffered through recommend. They include: potato chips, lemons, lemonade, gelatin, watermelon, raspberry tea, ginger snaps, avocados, popsicles, graham crackers, yogurt, peppermint, baked potatoes, and rice cakes.
The key to managing morning sickness is to identify those things that trigger the nausea and then those things that help to reduce it. Each woman and pregnancy is unique so be sure to talk to your doctor or midwife, and other moms who have suffered from morning sickness, to help you figure out what will work for you. You may have to try out a few things before you find what works best for you.
What worked for you in combating morning sickness while you were pregnant? Any tricks you learned that you would like to share?