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Pregnancy 101 - Managing Your Morning Sickness

By Edited Jan 6, 2014 0 0
Love Pregnancy - Hate Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is one of those "not so much fun" things you have to deal with when you're pregnant.  Hunger, certain smells, and too much activity can bring on a morning sickness attack that could send you running for the nearest bathroom. 

I always found it ironic that they called it "morning sickness" when really, it could hit anytime during the day or night.  Thankfully, this phase only lasts for so long and then you can return to enjoying your pregnancy once again.

Below are a few ways to manage your morning sickness without affecting your busy life:
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1) Slide Into Your Morning Slowly

If you haven't already, you'll soon come to discover that leaping out of bed when the alarm goes off in the morning is a bad, bad idea.  The sudden change in position, on top of your empty stomach and raging horomones can send your stomach in a tizzy. 

Instead, make it a point to slow down your routine in the morning.  Set your alarm a bit earlier so you can take your time getting out of bed and into the bathroom without feeling rushed. 

2) Know the Signs

The key to managing your morning sickness is to know the early signs of the infliction.  Maybe you get a twinge in your belly or you get a cold sweat.  The earlier you can catch an attack, the easier it will be to stop it.  
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3) Eat Something Right Away!

I know when I was pregnant I could stop a morning sickness attack by eating something.  You may be thinking, "But I'm so sick, I couldn't possible eat…" but believe me, this does work!  The moment you get anything (usually something easy-to-digest and carb-filled) in your belly to neutralize some of that stomach acid, things will start to calm down once again.  

4) Graze All Day Long

While we're on the subject of food, let me give you another great tip that has helped a lot of women manage their morning sickness: eat constantly.  Now, I'm not saying that you should plow through a ton of food every day – that's the easiest way to pack on the pounds.  Rather, graze or snack all day long, nibbling on some fruit here or a cracker there so your belly is never really empty.
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5) Avoid Trigger Foods

The smell, taste, or even sight of certain foods could set off your morning sickness, so staying away from them is pretty self-explanatory.  When I was pregnant with my son, the smell of beef, cooked or uncooked, would send me running for the kitchen sink, so we ate a lot of chicken for those few months.

6) Keep Your Food Bland

It's also probably best to avoid greasy or spicy foods at least until this period of morning sickness is over.  I know, I know – boring! – but these sorts of food are well-known for stressing out the belly.  So stick to the simpler, blander items in your fridge.  Your tummy with thank you!
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7) Avoid Trigger Smells

Of course, there are some everyday smells that could upset your picky tummy too.  For me, it was the smell of cut grass.  For some reason, even dry cut grass would smell like a rotting swamp and make me queasy.  Ugh.  So, do what you can to avoid those smells. 

If you can't avoid them, you might consider bringing along something that you like the smell of.  For example, if your tummy likes vanilla, light a few vanilla candles or spray some air freshener around your work station when the gardeners come by or a coworker burns the popcorn.

8) Morning Sickness Remedies Might Work

If you do a search on the web for "morning sickness remedies", you'll find all sorts of products out there that swear they will solve your queasy issues - Preggie Pops, acupuncture wrist bands, Vitamin B6, etc. etc. 

These may or may not help you so don't spend a fortune on them until you can give them a try.  You'll also want to talk to your doctor to ensure that it won't hurt you or the baby. 
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9) Have a Nausea Kit

Morning sickness can hit at any time and any place, so it's a good idea to take along a Nausea Kit wherever you go.  Make sure that you include mouthwash or breath mints that you like, wet wipes, plastic bags (for those moments you're not near a trash can), a small bottle of water, and maybe even a toothbrush.  You make these yourself and either tuck it into your purse or make extras for work, home, and car.  Though this takes some time and effort, you'll be grateful to have it the next time your morning sickness hits you while you're at the park.

10) Talk to Your Doctor

If your morning sickness becomes so severe that you fear it's beginning to affect your health or lifestyle, it is imperative that you talk to your doctor.  This is especially important if you cannot hold down any food or drink.  They can examine you and run a few tests to ensure that there is nothing seriously wrong with you or your baby. 


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