Are you experiencing morning sickness during pregnancy? What can I do to get some morning sickness relief during pregnancy? As your hormone levels increase during the first trimester, you will probably notice that you have morning sickness shortly after you missed your first menstrual cycle. Sometimes you won’t notice it until you are closer to six weeks pregnant. Morning sickness can range from mild, with occasional nausea to severe, continuous, debilitating nausea with bouts of vomiting.
Symptoms typically can be worse in the morning time but you can also experience all-day sickness or even hyperemesis gravidarum where you can’t keep anything down. If you are experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum you need to call your doctor immediately as this can diagnosis can cause serious problems and you will need IV fluids.
There is no way to predict how long your morning sickness will last. Usually, nausea and vomiting will last until 12 to 13 weeks into your pregnancy. But some women continue to have morning sickness until they deliver the baby.
However, some studies show that mild to moderate sickness is a sign of healthy pregnancy and there is less risk of miscarriage.
While there is no simple treatment there are things that you can do to help reduce nausea. If your morning sickness is bothering you and these home remedies aren’t working, please talk to your doctor. Your doctor can prescribe anti-nausea medication to help ease your symptoms. Let’s take a look at some home remedies that you can use to help reduce your morning sickness symptoms.
Home Remedies to Help Ease Symptoms of Morning Sickness
- Change what, when and how much you eat during each meal. Certain changes to the way foods are cooked can help. For example, if you have aversions or your body doesn’t like a certain food, it is best to find something else to eat.
- Try eating 5 or 6 smaller meals rather than your typical three meals a day. Do eat protein and carbohydrates during each meal. Be creative with your meal ideas and choose low-fat healthy foods. Protein will help keep you feeling full longer. When I was pregnant, it seemed to help to eat smaller meals because I always had something in my stomach and it lessened my nausea.
- Eat slowly.
- Try to eat small, dry snacks throughout the day.
- Don’t jump out of the bed; instead, sip on some ginger ale and eat a few crackers.
- Slowly sip on water throughout the day. Forgo large drinks that fill you up with empty calories.
- Avoid spicy, fried, fatty foods.
- Don’t consume too much salt such as pickles or chutney.
- Stay out of the kitchen and avoid strong smells that certain foods have when grocery shopping.
- Try to prepare food when you are feeling the least nauseous.
- Suck an ice cube until nausea subsides.
- Chew mint gum.
- Use Prego pops (aff link).
As I mentioned above, if you have severe, persistent nausea or vomiting, please contact your doctor immediately. Ignoring your severe morning sickness can lead to dehydration and malnutrition. Your doctor can prescribe anti-nausea medications and give iv fluids to prevent dehydration. It is always best to avoid or limit the amount of medication taken during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. However, anti-nausea medications have been used for many years with no long-term side effects or dangers to your developing baby.