The New Normal for Getting Out of Bed

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 | Articles, Pregnancy Symptoms Category | | Print This Article


Congratulations! You’re having a baby. And now comes the fun part: morning sickness.

While morning sickness is a bit of a misnomer (it can actually hit you any time, day or night), many pregnant women do get sick first thing in the morning. In some cases, they get sick consistently enough to merit changing about the morning schedule a bit. Here are some suggestions for dealing with morning sickness if you’re one of the lucky ones who actually get morning sickness in the morning:

  • Set your alarm half an hour to an hour earlier. If you need to get up and get ready for work, school, or any other activity that you want to look and feel your best for, it’s a good idea to get any hurling out of the way early. If you have a good idea that you’re going to be sick when you first wake up (and many women do), waking up earlier will allow you the extra time you need to get ready for the day.
  • Go to bed earlier. This can help offset the need to wake up earlier while still offering you enough sleep.
  • Keep crackers handy. Put a few saltines on your nightstand. If you’re really thinking ahead, you might leave a bottle of ginger ale there, too. It’ll be warm, but it’ll still help settle your tummy. You can always add ice later, when you don’t feel like ralphing.
  • Easy does it. When you get out of bed, move slowly. The slower, the better. Sometimes, the sudden change in altitude from sitting up in bed triggers morning sickness. Taking your time to get up gives you a better chance of making it to those crackers on the nightstand before you hurl.

Dealing with morning sickness and the other early pregnancy symptoms is a big adjustment. Don’t worry though, about the time you get used to it, it’ll go away (usually, anyway). The second trimester has its own set of symptoms, as does the third, but most agree they aren’t as unpleasant as morning sickness. Pregnancy has a way of making us accept a new normal for a little while (like about 18 years).


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