Preparing Yourself for Morning Sickness

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 | Pregnancy Symptoms, Treating Morning Sickness Category | | Print This Article

When it comes to dealing with morning sickness, expectant mothers would do well to borrow an old idea from the Boy Scouts: Be Prepared. Preparation can make the difference between a bout of morning sickness which is a mild nuisance and one that is a real pain.

Contrary to its name, morning sickness can strike at any time of day or night. For some women, morning sickness is fairly predictable and either strikes at the same time of day or is triggered by particular odors. Other women have little or no notice that morning sickness is about to come over them.


Ginger Ale


If you’re pregnant, especially during your first two trimesters, you are likely to experience morning sickness. The best way to deal with it is to be prepared for it. Some of the best ways to do this include:

  • Keeping soda crackers or ginger snaps on hand. If you’re out and about, keep a few packages of crackers or snaps in your purse and/or in the car. At home, keep some on the night stand next to your bed, especially if you tend to have bouts of morning sickness first thing in the morning.
  • Sip ginger ale. Ginger is both an excellent treatment for nausea and an excellent preventative measure. Sipping ginger ale throughout the day, especially if you have to be around odors which trigger morning sickness can help keep nausea at bay.
  • Hard candy. Hard candies are easy to carry with you and can be a real life saver. Mint and lemon flavored candies tend to work best for easing morning sickness.
  • Know your pressure points. Acupressure is one of the easiest, safest, and most effective ways to relive the nausea caused by morning sickness. The easiest way to relieve nausea with acupressure is to place three fingers at place where your wrist and hand meet (on the inside). Apply pressure for 30 seconds or until the nausea subsides.
  • Know where the bathrooms are at all times. At home, this isn’t a problem, but when you’re out and about, it’s a good idea to know where the nearest ladies’ room is. You never know when you’re going to have to make a run for it.

You may not be able to stop morning sickness from coming, but you can be ready for it when it does. Taking simple steps like the ones above before you feel nauseous can help you get through the symptoms better.

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