Morning sickness (aka. “Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy“) takes no prisoners and shows no mercy. It can strike any pregnant woman at any time during the day–“morning sickness” is a misnomer–and in some cases can last weeks or even months.
If you find yourself feeling queasy and miserable, more often than not there may be a few things that you can do to make your life more workable.
1. Eat Less, More Often
Eating small meals throughout the day can help prevent an upset tummy. Try snacking on healthy options like apples and peanut butter, crackers or nuts or a couple of slices of cheese to keep your stomach from having to work overtime to digest a larger meal. Most people find they tolerate carbohydrates best in the first trimester, and then start adding higher protein foods as they feel better. Smaller meals are more easily digested than large ones, and regular snacking prevents you from getting too full or too hungry–both of which can be nausea triggers.
2. Avoid Strong Tastes and Smells
Think of the bland comfort foods that you ate as a child, such as pasta, toast or cereal: generally speaking, the stronger the flavours the stronger the reaction. Seemingly overnight, pesto or garlic can become intolerable! Don’t worry, as your pregnancy progresses your diet will most likely return to normal, and your renewed appetite may surprise you!
3. Tried and True Ginger Ale
The trick here is to sip on a flat, room-temperature glass of ginger ale. The carbonated fizz may only increase the discomfort—that’s just what you’re trying to avoid!
4. Water, Water, Water
If you don’t want the added sugar in ginger ale (up to 11 teaspoons of added sugars per serving in some brands) you may find some relief with water. Anecdotal evidence suggests that women who drink a glass of water every hour have much less nausea. Also, be sure to drink water anytime you get up during the night so that you are refreshed and hydrated come morning.
5. Herbal Teas
Both Ginger and Spearmint are gentle and safe herbs to use during pregnancy. They are soothing digestives and can provide welcome comfort for mama. Try the Matraea Ginger Mint Tea made with certified organic ginger root and spearmint leaf.