Morning Sickness: 13 ways to Get Relief

Are you looking for tips for easing morning sickness?  Wondering what is morning sickness and why does it happen? This blog post explains the symptoms of morning sickness, why it happens and what you can do to get some relief and ease the symptoms of morning sickness...
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What is morning sickness?

Morning sickness is the nausea and vomiting that some pregnant women experience in the morning. This is not a disease, but it's a symptom of pregnancy.

There are many theories about why pregnant women get morning sickness, but there is still no definitive answer as to why it happens. We know that hormone changes lead to increased production of chemicals in the morning stomach and intestines which can cause vomiting.

Symptoms of Morning Sickness:

Pregnant people who are experiencing morning sickness may experience a different set of symptoms.

Morning sickness is a term referring to the nausea and vomiting which is associated with being pregnant. The severity of this symptom varies from person to person but many people start feeling better as their pregnancy progresses.

Some of the symptoms may be:

  • -Nausea
  • -Vomiting
  • -Lack of appetite
  • -Constipation or diarrhea
  • -Heartburn
  • -Weakness or dizziness
  • -Dry mouth

Factors that can cause morning sickness:

Morning sickness is a condition that is characterized by nausea and vomiting during the first trimester of pregnancy. It is caused by an increase in hormones that a woman’s body produces to sustain the fetus.

In most cases, morning sickness goes away on its own after the first trimester. However, there are some factors that can cause morning sickness to last longer or even persist throughout pregnancy.

The following are some of the known causes of morning sickness:

  • -Pregnancy hormones not leveling out yet.
  • -Viral infections such as flu or other stomach viruses.
  • -Anemia, due to nutritional deficiencies in iron and folate which can lead to nausea and vomiting.
  • -Excessive stress levels or depression which can make symptoms worse if not addressed

Pregnancy is not one of those things you can effectively understand unless you experience it yourself. Morning sickness can sometimes be as bad as stomach flu or food poisoning and there is not much people understand about it other than the fact that it just sucks.

There isn’t really a cure if you are managing it yourself, but here are some 
Tips for easing morning sickness...

How To Get Relief From Morning Sickness Symptoms:

  1.  Eat A Well-Balanced Diet With Lots of Iron, Calcium, and Zinc - You should make sure to consume food with a low sugar content, such as crackers, toast, pasta or noodles. These foods are healthy and provide you with energy to keep going – even if your stomach is empty. 
  2. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day - little and often is key to stop blood sugars dropping and making you feel sick
  3.  Drink Plenty of Fluids to Prevent Dehydration  - It is important that you are staying hydrated - drink often in small sips
  4.  Go for Easy Walks Outside - Fresh Air Can Ease Nausea and Vomiting
  5.  Avoid Things That Are Known To Trigger Nausea: Booze, Coffee, Caffeinated Tea or Sodas, Spicy Foods or Smoked Food
  6.  Consider Alternative Therapies For Morning Sickness such as Homeopathic Remedies 
  7. Avoid greasy or spicy foods that may upset your stomach
  8. Getting plenty of rest: You’ll find that morning sickness is usually worse when you're tired, so make sure to get a good night's sleep when you can. If that's not an option, make sure to take some time out to rest whenever you can. You will feel better after taking a break and your body will thank you for it too.
  9. Travel sickness bands - this  may seem like an odd purchase but they work the same as when you have travel sickness, by using acupressure on certain pressure points in the wrist to relieve nausea. Definitely worth a try
  10. Smelling menthol or peppermint - keeping a tub of vicks in your pocket can really help!
  11. Take your pre-natal vitamins at the right time: the best way to combat this is to take the vitamins before bed, after lining your stomach. Don’t take them in the morning on an empty stomach – it is a sure fire way to guarantee nausea, whether you are pregnant or not...
  12. Taking a ginger: This works for some and not for others. There are lots of different options – ginger tea, fresh ginger, ginger capsules and even ginger chews..
  13. Stay away from strong smells: Try keeping the windows open when cooking or asking your other half to hold fort in that department for a while! Another culprit can be strong perfumes, petrol, paint or smoke…all good things to stay away from when pregnant anyway! There’s usually a reason our body dislikes those smells when we are pregnant!

If your morning sickness becomes so severe that you find it hard to keep any fluids down, this may be because you're suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. This is a much more serious medical concern, so please consult with your GP. Don’t delay in calling your GP or going to hospital if your condition becomes this serious.