Best Morning Sickness Management Ideas

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 | Articles, Treating Morning Sickness Category | | Print This Article


The fact that morning sickness is normal doesn’t make it any easier to go through. It’s exciting to have a baby on the way, but no one likes to wake up feeling like they need to throw up. Then there’s the part they didn’t tell you: morning sickness isn’t restricted to mornings. It can strike at any time, day or night, with or without warning.

We can’t keep you from experiencing morning sickness, but we can share some of the best methods of managing your symptoms. Before you feel that next sudden urge to rush for the bathroom, try these:

  • Watch what you eat. You’re probably eating a bit more than you did before you were pregnant. That’s fine; you should be. To help ease morning sickness, though, lay off the greasy or spicy foods.
  • Try ginger. Carry ginger snaps or ginger ale with you to ease nausea. Consider adding ground or powdered ginger as a spice on your food.
  • Trust your nose. If a particular smell (especially if it’s food related) makes you feel queasy, try to avoid it. Strong scents can bring on nausea in women dealing with morning sickness.
  • Add B6 to your diet. Chances are, you are already getting some B6 through your prenatal vitamins. Ask your doctor about adding more B6 through diet (beef, squash, salmon, tuna, trout, avocado, squash and tomato juice are all excellent sources) or through a supplement.
  • Use Acupressure. Try placing three fingers on the inside of your wrist. Apply pressure with the bottom finger for two to three minutes or until the nausea subsides. Make sure to try this with both wrists. You can also do as a daily preventative measure before nausea sets in.

Morning sickness is unpleasant, but it usually isn’t anything to worry about. If your morning sickness becomes severe to the point that you are unable to keep down food for more than a day, or are unable to keep down liquids, call your health care practitioner.

In rare instances, severe morning sickness is the result of a more serious condition called emesis gravidarum which will require medical attention. 

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