Lets start with the good news and tell you that morning sickness is not going to last no more than 13 weeks/4 months into your pregnancy. All woman are different and morning sickness can alleviate earlier than 13 weeks or show no signs of it at all. Morning sickness usually starts around the 6th week of pregnancy, so if you don't know your pregnant and you are nauseated for no apparent reason it would be good to get a pregnancy test, especially if you are engaging in unprotected sex. But just because you have morning sickness does not mean you will vomit. You can still have just a nauseated feeling and feel the unpleasantness of morning sickness. If you are vomiting you need to watch how much you are doing it. Vomiting too much can harm your baby because you are losing necessary nutrients for the development of your child. If you are vomiting up blood, vomiting more than 4 times a day, or can not hold down fluids for more than one day you need to contact your physician. To overcome morning sickness and help us cope with it there are a number of things we can do and avoid to get you through the day.
- The first thing you can not do is skip meals. Remember how we talk about how important it is to get your baby nutrients into their bodies to develop? Avoiding meals because we are afraid to get sick will only be detrimental to the baby's growth and development.
- Think of the foods you eat while you are sick. Most the time they are bland foods such as saltine crackers, bananas, jello, chicken soup, and many more. When you feel nauseous, consume some of these foods to help calm yourself down. Saltine crackers in the morning when you wake up can calm your stomach down immediately.
- Taking a B-6 vitamin pill has been shown to decrease the nauseated feeling related to morning sickness. They also sell ginger in form of capsules which has the same benefits as Vitamin B-6.
- Stay away from hot places. Try and stay in a cool environment because we all know how sick we can feel when we are hot!
- Avoid spicy, greasy, fried foods. Unless you are craving it and can handle it this is not the best thing for your stomach.
- Do not drink fluids with your meals. It is better to drink them either a half hour before or after.
- Have numerous small meals throughout the day in which your stomach can handle. Do not be a glutton and stuff yourself to the max.