If you have recently found out you are pregnant, congratulations! The next nine months will be one of amazement and joy as your little one grows inside your belly. However if you are starting to experience morning sickness you may not feel so joyful right at this moment. Though it is called morning sickness some women may find that you feel sick all day everyday. It often rears its ugly head around the sixth week of pregnancy and usually subsides by the second trimester. For very few women it may last for your entire pregnancy. The miracle cure for morning sickness has yet to be invented. However, we can offer you some tips to help you get through this trying time of your pregnancy.
1. If you are experiencing morning sickness ask your doctor to prescribe you prenatal vitamins with little or no iron for the first trimester of your pregnancy. Iron can irritate your digestive system.
2. Be sure to avoid any food or smells that bring on nausea.
3. Keep a few crackers at your bedside to nibble on in the mornings when you first wake up. After eating the crackers lay there about fifteen to twenty minutes before you attempt to get up and out of bed.
4. Eat several small meals throughout the day. If you do this your stomach will never be empty nor over full. Eat a high carb, high protien, and low fat diet. Fatty foods take longer to digest and are harder on the digestive system. Avoid any foods that are rich, spicy, or fried.
5. Sip fluids frequently throughout the day to keep your body hydrated. If you are vomiting drink sports drinks, such as gatorade, to replace your lost electrolytes.
6. Take time out during your day to just lay back, relax, and take a nap.
7. Ginger is an alternative remedy for settling your stomach. If you cannot find any ginger ale made with real ginger in your local grocery store you can try sipping on some hot ginger tea. You may also buy ginger candy drops.
8. Some women find that just taking a walk and getting some fresh air can overcome their nausea.
9. The aroma of peppermint essential oil has been known to ease the symptoms of morning sickness. Fill a large tub with hot water, mix in two drops of the oil, and place it on your bedside table. You can also place this mixture in a humidifier if you wish.
10. There is a band you can buy in your local drug store called the accupressure band. This band is often use to help with motion sickness. A small button pushes on a pressure point of your wrist known as P6 or pericardium6. Some women have reported instant relief when using this band.
If you have been unable to keep anything down for more then twenty four hours it is important that you contact your doctor immediately. You will need to be administered IV medications to keep you hydrated for the sake of you and your baby. If needed there are safe and effective prescription drug medications that your doctor can prescribe for your nausea. Just hang in there and once you hold your baby in your arms the feelings of morning sickness will be a thing of the past.