5 Ways to Relieve Morning Sickness
The first trimester can be a really difficult time.
Your emotions are all over the place ranging from pure joy and excitement to fear and anxiety. Couple that with the frequent nausea, vomiting and sheer exhaustion that can often come with those first 12 weeks - it’s a lot for any woman to handle.
Nausea is generally a sign of elevated levels of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin or HCG. It’s dubbed the ‘pregnancy hormone’ because once a fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining your body starts to produce the hormone. Studies show that women with severe nausea and vomiting (morning sickness - though it happens any time of day) have higher HCG levels than other pregnant women. You may also experience more nausea and vomiting if you’re carrying multiples because you’ll have higher HCG levels. Pregnancy also comes with an increase in estrogen which can lead to more severe nausea and morning sickness.
While there are certain foods that can help ease morning sickness, it’s more helpful to be mindful of HOW you’re eating and WHEN.
Five ways to ease morning sickness:
First thing in the morning, eat something small and bland like plain crackers.
Drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated (vomiting can dehydrate you).
Separate eating and drinking. Drinking liquids with your food can make the nausea worse so stop drinking water about 30 minutes before a meal.
Eat hot and cold foods separately. Your stomach can get confused and agitated when you’re eating cold and hot foods together. Stick with the same temperature foods at each meal.
Be mindful and respectful of your nausea. If a certain food doesn’t agree with you - don’t eat it! Regardless of what you “should” do or how “healthy” the food is. If greens make you sick, stay away until the nausea eases! You will feel better again and it’s not worth feeling sick over.