No one likes feeling nauseous. Most pregnant women experience nausea at some point during the first trimester. Nausea is most likely caused by the increase of hormones in the body. Although it is difficult to avoid nausea altogether, there are ways to help minimize its effects. Here are a few tips for dealing with nausea to make life a little easier.
Take It Easy in The Morning
Nausea during pregnancy is known to most of the world as morning sickness. Although it can happen at any time of the day, it is usually worse in the mornings. One way to try and make mornings a little easier is to leave soda crackers or something with a bland flavor by the bed at night. Before getting out of bed, women should eat crackers and get up very slowly.
Pace Yourself While Eating and Drinking
It is important to eat a little food throughout the day rather than all at once. Avoid three big meals like what is normally encouraged. Another thing to avoid is drinking liquids right before and right after eating. The recommendation is to wait for at least a half-hour before and after. Although drinking too close to eating is discouraged, it is still important to make sure to drink plenty of liquids throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Best Snacks for Nausea
Lemons are great for nausea. They can be eaten or mixed into other things for flavor. Ginger is great in things like ginger ale or jam. Some other great snacks for nausea are peppermint tea, Jell-O, crackers, popsicles, and pretzels.
A brand of lollipops called Preggie Pops have been recommended by doctors to help. They are drug-free and have a lot of great flavors. The flavors were chosen specifically to help with nausea. These lollipops are even used by women during labor. They can be found in the local and online stores listed on their website.
Many women use essential oils to diffuse scents like lemon and ginger. While there is little research on how effective this is, many women use this method to ease nausea.
Nausea can be a pain, but there are ways to try and keep it under control. These tips for dealing with nausea may not work for everyone. However, they are worth giving a try when nausea strikes during pregnancy. Check out our article, Smells That Make Pregnant Women Sick, and read about a few things to avoid when dealing with nausea.
Over the Counter Medication
When nothing seems to help improve morning sickness, doctors will sometimes recommend prescription medications. However, most doctors suggest avoiding over-the-counter medication altogether during the first trimester. This time is so vital during a child’s development, so it is important to be careful. There are only a few medications that have been approved as okay. These include some medications for allergies, colds, heartburn, insomnia, etc. This article provides a list of medications that are considered safe. However, women should talk to a doctor before taking anything.