Every pregnant woman hopes they will be one of the lucky few who avoids the dreaded morning sickness. But the truth is, at least 50% of us will experience morning sickness sometime during our pregnancy. And can we be honest for a second and just say that morning sickness knows no bounds? You can experience it all day long! If you have typical morning sickness, you will probably experience it from weeks 6-12, and hopefully will wake up on the first day of your 2nd trimester like I did and feel GREAT! But even if you have it much shorter or (heaven forbid) longer, one thing is certain: morning sickness is awful and anything you can do to minimize it is a must. The worst part is that there is no 1 single cause, so there is not a one size fits all remedy. But we’ve found some popular, and not so popular remedies to keeping your morning sickness at bay that we think you’ll love!
An uncommon approach to remedying morning sickness is to up your magnesium intake. Your body normally produces cortisol, a stress hormone that is naturally managed by magnesium. But once you become pregnant, your new pregnancy hormones prevent your body from absorbing magnesium. Thus, your body is in a constant state of ups and downs, which leads you to exhaustion and fatigue and susceptible to vomiting. A great way to combat morning sickness is to use magnesium flakes or oil in your bath or do foot soaks because it is absorbed wonderfully through your skin. Always discuss your plans with your doctor before starting a regime to treating your morning sickness!
2. Nausea Pops
When you’re in the throes of morning sickness, usually nothing sounds good in the food department. But you HAVE to eat, both to settle your stomach and to feed your growing baby. Cold and fruit based items were usually all that sounded good to me, and I can’t even recall how many Jamba Juices I consumed during my first trimester. You can make your own nausea popsicles using fruit and ginger, a well known food that fights nausea. We found a great recipe here so we hope you enjoy!
3. Eat Immediately When You Wake Up
You may think the last thing you want to do when you wake up is eat, but your empty stomach needs it. Before you even slide one foot from beneath your sheets, reach for a cracker and eat it. Low blood sugar can be a trigger for your nausea and once you become sick, you have a tendency to stay sick all day long. It’s also wise to take a bite of a cracker or other milk snack if you find yourself up in the middle of the night, to prevent those low blood sugar points.