How to Handle Morning Sickness

A great majority of women will experience at least a short bout with morning sickness during their pregnancies. Some will experience with great intensity and for long lengths of time. “Morning sickness” is a term that can be slightly misleading, as the reality is that the queasy stomach can occur at any time of the day, or even in the night in more severe cases. Most commonly, morning sickness is a problem in the first trimester of the pregnancy, although not always.

*Saltine crackers are more than just an old wives’ tale when it comes to relieving morning sickness. As soon as you feel it coming on, eat a few of these and you will most likely get at least some relief. Keep some by your bed so that you can eat them before you even begin your day.

*Take it slowly. If your morning sickness is actually hitting in the morning, get up very slowly. Try not to leap out of bed and take on the world. Plan your morning routine as a very slow and leisurely process. If it is coming at other times of the day, sit down for a while and rest in stillness.

*There may be certain smells that induce the sick stomach feeling of nausea for a pregnant woman. The sense of smell seems to be elevated during a pregnancy and there may be smells that have never bothered you before that do now. Try your best to avoid them.

*Antacids, such as Tums or Pepto Bismol, can help by coating the stomach and absorbing some of the acids that can be at the root of the miserable nausea.

*Drink a glass of room temperature water very slowly. Do not make it ice water and do not guzzle it.

*Chamomile tea can help to calm the nerves that may be the source of some pregnant women’s morning sickness.

*Ginger is a great herbal healer of nausea. It is even used by many cancer patients while they are going through chemotherapy, which causes morning sickness times ten. You can drink a ginger tea, eat ginger cookies, or even just chew on a bit of ginger root.

*Avoid foods that are spicy or greasy. These do not sit well in the pregnant woman’s stomach and can cause morning sickness to come on in a flash.

Morning sickness is definitely high on the list of complaints of expectant mothers. It is even the first sign for many of the pregnancy. They may think they have the flu initially, but when there are no other symptoms and their “flu” doesn’t leave for a significant amount of time, they realize the possibility that they have a little one on the way. There are things that can help to relieve the morning sickness, but if you are an extreme case and the above suggestions aren’t very effective, remember that at the end of nine months, you will have that precious new son or daughter and the memory of the morning sickness you went though to get him or her will be very faint, if it’s there at all.