Congratulations!! You’re pregnant! You’ve waited for this, you’ve hoped for this—so why do you feel like vomiting? It’s hard to get geared up for the blessed event when your entire day is spent scouting out where the nearest restroom is just in case you are suddenly overwhelmed by nausea.
The following tips may help to ease your morning sickness so you can actually enjoy your pregnancy.
Get plenty of rest. Fatigue can compound morning sickness. With so much on your plate now, it’s easy to try to rush around and get everything done before the baby comes, but you should really get as much rest as possible. Nap during the day if you can, and do everything you can to get a good night’s sleep.
Take vitamin B6. This vitamin has been shown to help with morning sickness. If you can’t swallow the idea of taking another pill, there are B6 tablets that dissolve under your tongue, or there are several morning sickness “lollipops” on the market that contain B6.
Eat small amounts throughout the day. Both hunger and extreme fullness can make morning sickness worse. Keeping your stomach not too full and not too empty can be a tricky feat, but pay attention to your body’s signals, and you’ll get the hang of it.
Eat bland, salty foods, like Saltines. The blander the better, and salt also helps to ward off morning sickness. Saltines fulfill both of these requirements.
Wear sea-sickness bands. Sea sickness bands (think 80s wrist bands with a small plastic knob sewn in) work by applying pressure to a point on the wrist that is said to help alleviate nausea. Acupuncture works using the same principles, and I swore by both for my morning sickness. The bands didn’t look great, but I was so happy to see the outside of a toilet that I didn’t care.
Drink ginger or peppermint tea. Both ginger and peppermint are calming to the stomach. Putting your feet up with a cup of tea helps in the rest department, too.
Try not to get overheated. Pregnancy heats you up, and heating up induces nausea, so try dressing as if the weather outside is about 15 degrees warmer than it actually is. It’s good to wear layers so you can take them off in case you do get too hot. If you do get too hot, try cooling off with a cool compress on your forehead.
Take your prenatal vitamins at night. Prenatal vitamins can be hard on your stomach on a good day. If you take them at night, at least you can lie down to help mitigate some of the nausea they induce.
Remember, this too shall pass. It may not seem like it now, but morning sickness will not last forever. 10 months from now, when you’re holding your sweet new baby in your arms, it will all seem a distant, if somewhat hazy memory.