5 Ways To Deal With Morning Sickness During Pregnancy
Are you suffering from Morning Sickness, Mom? Don’t worry, I got you!
All beginnings are hard. – Chaim Potok
During the first couple of months of pregnancy, most Mom-To-Bes have to deal with morning sickness, exhaustion, and emotional imbalance. There are even some poor moms who have to cope with these symptoms until the very end of pregnancy. So trust me, the only enjoyable part of being pregnant in your first trimester is the excitement for the actual Baby, the rest pretty much stinks.
I already survived my first trimester and I am very much relieved. Although I was one of the “lucky” – pregnant women who never actually had to throw up, I still had to deal with morning sickness, only that it didn’t just appear in the morning, it sadly stayed with me through the entire day.
My nights consisted of waking up, feeling sick, running to the bathroom, sitting there for a couple of minutes, realizing that nothing is happening, and going back to bed. That drama repeated itself five or even six times during the night. So you can probably imagine that I did not get a lot of rest during that time, so logically I was very much exhausted during the day.
Just Keep Going!
After a few days of morning sickness past, I was looking into natural remedies that would help me cope with it. I tried a bunch of them, but not all of them actually worked for me. Just be aware that every person is different and not everything works for everyone.
Looking back on my first trimester and all the things I tried to feel better, the following once really helped me deal with nausea and exhaustion.
1. Get Plenty Of Rest
I never really stayed up late before I got pregnant, usually I was in bed no later than 10:30 pm. Since I have to wake up around 6 am for work, I tried to get at least a good 7-8 hours of sleep.
However, when I got pregnant those 7 hours weren’t enough. Waking up a couple of times during the night reduced my actual sleeping time. So now bedtime starts around 8 pm, after watching some Netflix or reading a book, I usually fall asleep around 9 pm the latest.
Trust me, it helped a lot, if not even the most. Once I got more sleep in, I just felt more energized and calm during the day. The more days and weeks with my new sleeping schedule went by, the less I woke up during the night feeling sick. I still had to deal with nausea during the day, but it didn’t last as long and I was actually able to work a full day again.
Of course, not everyone is able to go to bed that early, especially if you already have kids who stay up longer. Just try your best to get more rest time by asking the Daddy to watch the other kids or putting your children to bed earlier.
2. Drink Lots Of Water
This one is super obvious and you are probably asking yourself why I am even mentioning it. If you are just a tiny little bit like me, you sometimes forget to drink water or you are just too busy to be even thinking about it. You may never really enjoyed drinking water and only drank as much as you needed.
All those habits should STOP RIGHT NOW! Staying hydrated is crucial, especially during pregnancy.
Your body needs water to function properly. Water is actually responsible for carrying oxygen to our cells and organs. So drinking water ensures that important nutrients are being transported to meet the needs of your growing baby. Dehydration is the main cause of headaches, cramping, and dizziness, which can all be symptoms during your pregnancy as well.
So whenever I didn’t drink enough water during the day, I had to deal with nausea and headaches. Which is probably the worst combination!
3. Eat Little But Often
When you have to deal with nausea during your pregnancy, no food in the world seems good enough to eat while feeling sick. At least that was the case for me. I just wanted to lay in bed and wait for nausea to pass, but it usually only got worse.
Everyone told me to just have some snacks ready to eat, but I couldn’t believe that it would actually work, it felt like eating food would only make it worse. So one Sunday I woke up around 6 am, feeling sick, as usual, I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I decided to look inside my fridge and find something to eat. I realized that I haven’t had anything to eat since our breakfast on Saturday. I felt terrible and ashamed for not eating since my baby needs the best possible nutrients.
I decided to make some avocado toast. While preparing it, my nausea got worse and I felt like throwing up. But I kept going, I knew I needed food to function and to help my baby grow. Eating that toast was the most disgusting feeling, I actually had to fight and drink water to even swallow it. I even shed some tears cause I thought that feeling would never go away. But I was so wrong. A few minutes later, after I finally finished the toast, I did feel so much better. My nausea was gone, so was my headache and my overall unease. I was actually able to go back to bed, fall asleep and I didn’t wake up until 1 pm.
It’s gonna be fine.
Since I realized that eating something while feeling sick makes you feel better, I always had some snacks in addition to my water bottle with me. Whenever that nausea feeling started, I would snack on some fruit, vegetables, or granola bars. I always tried to have breakfast before leaving the house and a warm and big dinner before bed.
Just try to find foods that you actually enjoy and eat them whenever you feel sick or hungry. Never go longer than two or three hours without eating at least a small snack. And most importantly, don’t feel bad if you are not craving the best foods all the time and just want to eat cake instead. It’s fine. Your body will get the nutrients it needs and one day, your morning sickness will be gone and you can actually start a more healthy and balanced diet.
4. Distract Yourself
This one is actually pretty quick and simple. Whenever I was just relaxing or laying around, my nausea immediately started. Once I got distracted, nausea seemed to ease off when I was no longer thinking about it.
So just try to find some activities that keep you occupied. The thing that worked best for me was some gentle exercise, like going for a walk, doing some stretches, or even going to a community pool to swim for a little while. Also reading a good book, cleaning up around the house, or meeting with some friends for coffee helped tons.
Whatever you liked doing before pregnancy or feel like doing now, just do it. Of course, make sure it’s pregnancy safe and it won’t affect your baby negatively. Just listen to your body and try to stay productive.
You can also try to distract yourself by researching other pregnancy topics, like:
5. Take It Easy
If you are just not feeling well, waking up with nausea and dizziness, just start the day slowly. Try to wake up a little earlier than usual to actually prepare yourself for the day. Take a hot shower or bath, take your time while getting ready, and always try to have breakfast before you leave the house.
Try to not have as much pressure put on you at work and prepare projects in advance if possible, so whenever you need to stay home or have to leave early, you don’t have to stress out about it.
Ask family members or friends for help, either with cleaning, grocery shopping, or cooking. They will be glad to help and you can actually focus on yourself and getting some rest.
If nothing seems to help, just talk to your doctor or midwife, they can always prescribe or recommend something for your headaches or nausea.
A lot of Mommies say that ginger supplements or acupressure really helps with morning sickness. Honestly, it didn’t do much for me, but who knows. Just try different things and don’t give up, you will feel better sooner than later!
Meanwhile, try to enjoy your pregnancy and stay happy and safe!
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