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5 Tips for Saying No to Nausea During Pregnancy
By Elizabeth Hecomovich
Why is it called morning sickness? Morning sickness not only occurs in the morning; it can happen in the afternoon, evening, in the middle of the night, or in some cases throughout the entire day. Morning sickness refers to nausea, which is often accompanied by vomiting. Unfortunately, nausea and vomiting are two of the most common symptoms of pregnancy and they affect nearly all of pregnant women to some extent. Although there is no exact cause of nausea, it is believed to be the result of the increased levels of the pregnancy hormone called HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). Since there is no real cause, there is no one cure-all, but here are some tips that can help keep that awful feeling at bay.
TIP #1: EAT, EAT, EAT!
The idea is to keep your stomach full by eating small frequent meals throughout the day. A full stomach helps to maintain blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar drops too low, you can begin to feel shaky, lightheaded, and sick. Snack on foods that are dry and bland, like crackers. Keep them by the bed to eat in the middle of the night if you wake up feeling sick.
TIP #2: EAT FOODS THAT ARE COLD
Food that is hot gives off a stronger aroma and because pregnancy comes with heightened senses, strong smelling foods can easily trigger nausea. Your best bet is to stick with eating cold foods.
TIP #3: DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS
It is important to keep your body hydrated. Water helps maintain proper kidney and liver function, minimizes constipation, and aids in breast milk production. It may help to drink seltzer or sparkling water, or eat ice chips. If you are vomiting frequently, replace lost electrolytes by drinking a sports drink containing nutrients such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and chloride.
TIP #4: VITAMIN B6 (Pyridoxine)
A low dose of about 10-25 milligrams taken a few times per day may be beneficial in easing nausea. You can get it in most health food stores or try looking for good prenatal vitamins that contain 25mg of B6, like S7 Prenatal Drink Mix.
TIP #5: GINGER
Ginger is a natural alternative to nausea medicines your doctor might prescribe and it may help to settle the stomach. Try eating gingersnaps or sipping ginger tea. Drinking ginger ale is another option, but remember to read the label, as many ginger ales do not even contain ginger and are very acidic, so it is best to avoid the ginger less ginger ales.
If you have determined that it is your prenatal vitamin making you sick, try replacing your prenatal vitamin pill with something that is easier to swallow and dissolves instantly, like S7 Prenatal Drink Mix. You can mix it with water or juice. S7 is best drank cold, has electrolytes to keep you hydrated, and contains ginger root and Vitamin B6 – all the things that should help curb that awful nausea feeling in addition to all the necessary prenatal nutrients!
* The comments contained herein are no substitution for regular medical care from a qualified M.D. or provider. The creator of this website assumes no responsibility for information used in lieu of seeking help from a medical doctor. Any person who is ill needs to IMMEDIATELY contact their doctor and seek personal medical services.