“Morning” sickness… Your body’s *not so* amazing way of telling you you’re gonna be a momma.
Unfortunately, unlike the name suggests morning sickness can make you feel queasy anytime it wants - in the morning, afternoon, evening or even my favorite, all day long.
Pregnancy is a miracle within itself and an absolutely beautiful journey, but morning sickness is definitely not. Something I’m sure almost any momma can attest to, seeing that 80% of us have to deal with it.
Luckily, there are tons of easy, at-home ways to cope with the symptoms and in some cases, almost fully relieve morning sickness all together!
Ginger - Ginger seems to be something you either love or hate, but either way it’s a super helpful, natural way to relieve nausea. If you’re not a fan of munching on raw ginger, there are tons of alternatives: candies, capsules, jam, in cooking, crystallized, or in tea (either from a traditional tea bag, or simply boiling a piece of ginger along with some honey)
Eat smaller meals throughout the day - Bit of a tricky one, considering eating too much can make you feel nauseas and so can eating too little. The key is to eat a bit (preferably soda crackers) before getting up and then consistently snacking throughout the day. Foods like bananas and plain carbs can be very helpful, as well as high protein snacks. If certain food smells bother you, try eating cold food as it’ll have less odor.
Drink lots of fluids - Much like with food, it’s a good idea to drink fluids in regular, small amounts rather than all at once. You’ll have to find a sweet spot with how much fluid you drink, as too much may make you even more nauseous. If you’re finding it hard to drink lots of water, here are a few alternatives: ginger ale, decaf teas, water filled fruits like watermelon, juices, add citrus to your water, have a popsicle, coconut water, soups,
Get outside - Fresh air and exercise helps literally everything. Whether you’re stressed, nauseas or even tired, getting out will go a long way (although exercise may not be a good idea when nauseas lol).
Keep a journal of what triggers nausea - Raw chicken making you feel nauseas? Write it down and avoid it. It seems like such an obvious thing, but with everything going on in our lives, writing down whatever makes your “morning sickness” worse, and avoiding it is a huge help.
Rest - It’s much easier to feel nauseas when you’re tired, especially if you’ve got a headache. I know how hard it is to get sleep nowadays, but when you feel tired, take every opportunity you’ve got and sleep.
Rinse your mouth - If you’re the unlucky half of us that experience constant vomiting, you’ve gotta rinse your mouth out after. All that acid is no good for your teeth and the last thing you need is another thing to worry about. Mix baking soda (to neutralize the acid) and water together, swish it around for a couple seconds and your teeth will thank you
Accupressure wristbands - If you’ve been in an airplane before, you’ve definitely seen them. These little bands use the many centuries old technique of acupressure to relieve nausea and motion sickness. Many people think it’s a bit silly, but there’s no reason not to give them a shot - they’re safe and lots of mommas say it works
Acupuncture - This uses the same concept as acupressure, except a trained practitioner inserts super thin (you don’t even feel them) needles into your skin. I’ve had this done before and it does work, but the downside is you’ll most likely be laying down which can upset your stomach
Aromatherapy - While some smells make us wanna vomit, other scents can do the exact opposite. If you've already got a diffuser, it’s a good idea to try lavender, peppermint or even ginger oil
Is a doctor right for you?
I included all these methods because they really do work, but with that being said, everyone reacts differently.
If you’ve tried all of these options and you’re still suffering from bad morning sickness, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor. They’ll be able to give you personalized advice that no online article ever will.
To prepare for your appointment it’s a good idea to write down all the symptoms you’re experiencing, as well as the medications or supplements (prenatal vitamins, etc) you’re taking.
If nothing else has helped as of yet, there’s a good chance your doctor will be able to sort everything out, so there’s no reason to worry :)
Thanks so much for reading my post, I really hope I was able to help!
With love <3
Maria, Co-Founder of Momma’s Shop