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How to beat morning sickness during pregnancy

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Morning sickness is absolutely normal during pregnancy and it affects 90% of pregnant women. The dizziness, lethargy and nausea bog you down predominantly in the morning, but it can last throughout the day. Doctors say that change in hormones inside the body during pregnancy is primarily responsible for morning sickness. Nonetheless, there are several ways to deal with morning sickness and feel considerably better. We offer you some solutions here...

Stay away from triggers

Identify triggers for morning sickness. It could be smell of perfumes, sprays, chemicals like diesel and petrol and even the smell emitted while cooking food.  Damp and humid environment, mold odour, etc. can very easily trigger morning sickness during pregnancy. So stay away from triggers

Always keep snacks in handy

The first thing you must do to beat morning sickness is- munch on light snacks bar in the morning. Keep biscuits, whole wheat snacks, and dry cereals in handy. Do not stuff your stomach with salt coated foods. We insist you to eat snacks to avoid keeping your stomach empty.

Eat small nutritious meals

Getting right nutrition is very important during pregnancy. Eat small meals but healthy ones. Eat plenty of fruits, whole grains, cereals and protein rich foods. Try having ginger in any form, especially in the morning. It’s an excellent remedy for morning sickness. Have foods that are easily digestible and do not cause acidity. Morning sickness is substantially reduced when you plan a nutritious diet.

Do not overeat

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You will have lot of food cravings during pregnancy. Eat whatever you crave for but do not go overboard. Avoid high fat and carb loaded foods as much as possible. When you stuff yourself with heavy foods; you tend to feel nauseous and vomit.

Keep your system hydrated

Drink water in between your meals. You can also have electrolyte drinks in moderation. Have warm peppermint tea, green tea or ginger-lemon tea to elevate your mood. They are refreshing beverages that would definitely instil the “feel good factor” in the morning.

Sleep, take enough rest

Get as much rest as possible. Lie down slowly in a comfortable position and sleep to your heart’s content. You will naturally feel fresh and energetic when you get good amount of sleep.

Avoid noisy and claustrophobic environment

You need to be extra careful while stepping outdoors. Avoid going to noisy places and claustrophobic environment like crowded elevators. Such situations are most likely to make you feel dizzy and nauseous.

Get fresh air

It’s important for you to stay in neat and clean environment and breathe fresh air from your surroundings. Try to go for morning walks with your spouse in park and garden. You will not only feel good but you can also beat morning sickness in a wonderful way.

Engage in relaxation therapy and light exercise

Take soothing bath in warm water, indulge in spa and massage therapies and get some mild exercises. You can try prenatal yoga. When you are occupied, you are less likely to feel nauseous. Furthermore, your body also receives the much needed relaxation. You can also read books on pregnancy.

Take your vitamin and mineral supplements as suggested by your doctor

Your doctor might prescribe you several vitamins and mineral supplements like vitamin B6, magnesium and iron. Have them on time. Although, they won’t instantly help you to combat morning sickness, but definitely your mood and everyday performance will be enhanced. This way you can control feeling sick in the morning.

Now that you know so many ways to beat morning sickness during pregnancy, just try them out. We are sure, you’ll definitely feel better. Happy Pregnancy!

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 27, 2015