You’ve just found out you are pregnant and you are overflowing with joy, but then suddenly morning sickness symptoms hit you hard and leave you feeling down for the count. Sound familiar? According to the American Pregnancy Association, more than half of pregnant women experience some degree of morning sickness during their pregnancy.
Morning sickness refers to the nausea commonly experienced by women in their first trimester. Sometimes the nausea is accompanied by vomiting. Typically morning sickness symptoms will begin around the 6th week and subside after the 12th week of pregnancy but there are some women who can unfortunately experience these symptoms throughout the entire duration of pregnancy. Whether you experience morning sickness for two weeks or thirty-four, it is important to be prepared on how you can manage your symptoms.
The article Tips to Minimize Morning Sickness, published in Medical News Today, gives the following helpful advice for managing your symptoms:
- Make sure you are fully rested: Body pillows and a completely dark room can help you achieve an uninterrupted night of rest.
- Don’t be in a rush to wake up: Allow yourself time to slowly get out of bed in the morning. Give yourself at least an extra 30 minutes for your morning routine.
- Watch your diet: Avoid foods high in fat, spicy foods, and caffeine.
- Control your food portions: Many women have reported that having some kind of food in their stomach made them less nauseous. You can stash a few snacks (such as saltine crackers) by your bed and munch on those before you get up. This will control the acid in your stomach and make you feel much better. Try to eat small meals throughout the day.
- Stay hydrated: It may be difficult to want to drink a lot of fluids when you have an upset stomach but it is very important for you and yours baby’s health that you stay hydrated. If water seems too unappetizing try adding some honey to it.
- Ginger: Ginger has been long known to cure stomach ailments such as nausea. Try sipping cold ginger ale, adding raw ginger to your water, or eating ginger cookies.
- Sniff fresh scents: What you’re smelling can greatly effect how nauseous you are feeling. Do tuna fish sandwiches, once an old-time favorite, have you sprinting to the nearest bathroom? Try carrying around fresh rosemary and lemon extract. Whenever you smell something unpleasant hold the fresh scent to your nose and breathe in deeply.
Don’t let morning sickness put a damper on the joy of pregnancy. With the above tips you can minimize the symptoms of morning sickness and quickly get back to feeling like you again! To learn more about Aeroflow Healthcare Breastpumps visit our website and learn how to qualify for your breast pump through insurance today!