If you’re well into your first trimester, you’re probably wondering who named pregnancy nausea “morning sickness” since it can occur at any time of day or night. Though it would be nice if your nausea was limited to the morning, it can strike during your commute home or even after dinner. While some women experience only mild cases of this nausea, others may experience severe occurrences. Thankfully, there are many natural remedies to address morning sickness. Let’s take a look at 5 helpful morning sickness tips.
Eating smaller meals five or more times a day can help to reduce the symptoms of this feeling. Try to prepare smaller meals and eat two to three snacks between each meal. Each small meal should include fruits and/or vegetables, whole grains, and a lean protein. Foods high in fats, salts, and acids can trigger nausea, so try to avoid these foods as well.
2. Keep Saltines Handy
Try eating saltines when you wake and any time you feel that pregnancy nausea may be creeping up on you. It’s a good idea to keep some on a nightstand with a glass of water, and others in your purse and in the car so you’ll always have them available when you need them.
3. Drink Water
Staying hydrated can also help to reduce the effects of morning sickness. If you haven’t always drank the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, now is the time to start. Just make sure you know where the closest restrooms are located!
Many expecting mothers report that mint or ginger teas help to settle their stomachs during bouts of this. Mint additionally can act as an energizing natural “pick-me-up”, while ginger can aid in digestion. Products made from these plants can also help quell nausea such as crystalized ginger or “pregnancy pops”.
5. Be Honest
The additional hormones coursing through your body can make you very sensitive to odors. Many times, morning sickness can be triggered by a smell rather than something you eat. Everything from your partner’s cologne to cooking meat can make you feel queasy. If this happens to you, speak up! Ask your partner to nix the cologne and replace that meat chili with a vegetarian one—just for the time being. It may be a good idea to carry a scent you enjoy with you. Many women find that the bright scents of citrus or rosemary helps keeps morning sickness in check.