When I was pregnant with my daughter, morning sickness was one of the very first pregnancy signs I noticed. The first time I felt nauseous enough to have to make a run for the toilet to throw up, my husband was taking a shower and witness the whole spectacle. He started laughing. Why? He was, he said, so happy to be there throughout the pregnancy – and morning sickness was a part of that.
Perhaps it was wrong of me, but his laughter made me ever so slightly angry. I was happy for him to source an ovulation calendar and buy ovulation predictor kits, but laughing at my misery was not something I anticipated. Morning sickness, which many women experience all through the day, might just be Number One on the big list of nasty pregnancy complaints most women would rather live without. That is a shame, because almost 75 percent of all expectant mothers suffers from it. Fortunately, there are steps you can undertake to gain some relief. Let’s take a look at what they are:
- First things first – eating a bland cracker or a dry slice of toast before you get up in the morning may keep pregnancy nausea at bay. This is of course an area where that caring partner is more than welcome to help out; who doesn’t like breakfast in bed? Drinking a cup of fennel seed tea with your bland breakfast further reduces nausea.
- Were you aware that keeping blood sugar levels
- Stable plays a large role in preventing morning sickness? That is why that commonly dished-out advice to eat small meals frequently really works for many women. Meals rich in protein are especially beneficial for women hoping to kiss morning sickness goodbye.
- Red raspberry leaves, as a herbal infusion or a tea, is a fertility promoter and a uterine tonic often recommended by herbalists for women who are contemplating how to get pregnant and those who are about to give birth. Sipping red raspberry leaf tea can also combat pregnancy nausea.
- Ginger is used to eliminate any kind of nausea. Whether you are prone to motion sickness or just pregnant, fresh or candied ginger, or ginger tea, might help you.
- Eating highly processed foods, really spicy meals, and greasy treats can all aggravate morning sickness.
In addition, many women have particular foods or smells that trigger their nausea. Staying away from these might not completely prevent nausea, but it is likely to reduce it a lot.