Morning Sickness and How to Stop It

As long ago as 2000 BC women have been wanting to know how to stop morning sickness. It is a fact of pregnant life that over half American women go through this stage of nausea during their first trimester of pregnancy. But what causes morning sickness and just how can we stop it in its tracks?

Causes of Morning Sickness

No one knows for certain exactly what causes morning sickness, which is probably why we don't yet have a definitive all-encompassing cure. However, in the first trimester, a woman's bodying is going through extensive and very rapid changes. Her kidneys increase their activity by around 100%. That's right, there is a reason a pregnant woman makes such frequent visits to the restroom. Also the sheer volume of the woman's blood increases by 50%. Add to all that the raging hormones, and it just may be more than the female human body can withstand.

How to Stop Morning Sickness

While there may not be a cure yet for morning sickness, luckily there are some things that you can do to fight it.

Have a morning snack in bed.Saltene CrackersCredit: public domain

Keep a sleeve of crackers by your bedside and when you wake up each morning, eat a few before you start moving around too much. The salty crackers seem to help settle an unruly stomach. Be sure to chose a low-sodium brand, as a little salt goes a long way.

Take it easy in the morning.

Avoid sudden or quick movements. If it takes moving in slow-motion to keep your stomach contents where they belong, then move in slow motion. Your days of jumping out of bed are least for three months or so.

Know your scent triggers and stay away from them.

After a few days of morning sickness, you will learn a lot about your changing body reacts to certain smells. If the smell of frying bacon sends you running to the commode, then either change the breakfast diet to something you can tolerate smelling or have someone else fry the bacon while you are in a different part of the house.

Keep the contents on your stomach light.

There are several ways to do this. First, eat several light meals a day--not three heavy ones. Second, don't drink a lot of fluid with your meals. Your stomach won't feel so pressed if you eat and then drink your fluids in between meals. Keeping your stomach contents low can help it from rebelling.

Choose your food wisely.

During this tricky trimester, you want to baby your stomach as much as possible. This means eating foods that aren't likely to upset it and, even better, eating foods that it can digest easier. Baked Potato(84464)Credit: Public DomainFoods with a high fat content are harder for your system to digest, so try to avoid greasy, fatty foods. Concentrate on complex carbs such as bread, pasta, and potatoes. These are easier to digest and may help to keep your stomach content. And if you are in a battle with morning sickness, the keyword of the day is: Bland. Don't even try spicy foods. Really.

Take a small dose of Vitamin B-6.

Check with your doctor on the correct dosage to take. A small amount of B-6 on a daily basis can help you fight nausea. This usually only takes around 25 milligrams a day.

Parting words of wisdom

Keep in mind that the end to the morning sickness is in sight. Most times it only lasts the first trimester, or three months, of the pregnancy. And the really good news is that studies have shown that a greater percentage of women who experience morning sickness have healthy, full-term, babies.