While most women develop morning sickness, others experience similar conditions during the day. A hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is said to be responsible for this. It is the same that is tested for when women go for pregnancy tests. This hormone is present in large quantities during the first couple of months of pregnancy. Another hormone progesterone slows down the process of digestion. There is a lot going on in the body of a pregnant woman some of which includes increased blood volume and functioning of the kidneys.
Women suffering from morning sickness would naturally want to get relieved of pain by looking forward to the day she will deliver. However, all is not lost because there are things you can do to relief yourself of pain during pregnancy.
- Have crackers handy by the bedside. Eat some every time before you get out of bed because waking up to an empty stomach is a sure recipe for queasiness.
- Avoid eating until unless and until you are really hungry. You should eat small meals continuously throughout the day as this helps to balance the acidity levels in the stomach as well as for sugar quantities.
- Desist from drinking and eating at the same time so that you avoid overeating. So, eat and drink but give it a reasonable span in between.
- Ensure that your body doesn’t get overly dehydrated especially during hot season. Take plenty of juices such as fruit juices, cold water and milk.
- Eat plenty of bland, boring foodstuffs away from spiced menu. You should live on bland until such time when your stomach has settled completely. Avoid spices that might trigger sickness by their smell or taste.
- Consume complex carbohydrates contained in foods like potatoes, toast or pasta. These are less likely to make your tummy rumble.
- Keep off from greasy, fatty foods such as cheeseburger or pizza.
- Avoid cooking foods with great odors. It’s fine if you can make do with a pancake or two.
- Discuss with your medical advisor about vitamin B6. Studies show that B6 reduces nausea if administered in low doses. Consider changing your prenatal vitamins because some of them are easily digestible than others.
- Adding ginger to tea (ginger ale) can also be of help in alleviating morning sickness.
- Walk somewhere outdoors to get fresh air.
- Lemon candy plus a number of other sour edibles can help get you past morning sickness.
- Brush your teeth as often as you can and use lots of mouthwash while doing so. Get rid of extra saliva in the mouth. It’ll make you feel sick. You can change the brand of your toothpaste if the current one is causing rumbles in your stomach.
- Keep your toilet bowl in pristine condition. Trust me, if you are going to face it while vomiting-it ought to be clean very clean indeed.
So, go ahead and eat or do what all that works for you. As long as what you eat appeals to you; even if it is weird, go for it. Stay away from triggers as far away as you can. Ask for help especially on things that make your tummy rumble. Meanwhile, you should stay positive knowing that all the vomiting and sicknesses are short lived and will end as soon as you deliver your healthy bouncing baby.