‘Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy’ is also referred to as ‘morning sickness’, although it can happen at any time of the day and is mainly due to the changing levels of the hormones in your body. Almost 90% women suffer from nausea and vomiting during pregnancy; it is nothing abnormal and this symptom is sometimes called ‘NVP’.
Undoubtedly, it’s a very unpleasant feeling that can interfere with your daily routine, but in most cases it is not harmful to you or the baby growing within you. Your doctor would recommend you enough medications to handle this nausea and vomiting problem during pregnancy, but at this delicate phase the best option would be natural measures. For a comfortable and healthy pregnancy, there are many home remedies and natural ways to treat vomiting and nausea, here are some of the best ones –
Once you wake up, eat few crackers and lie down for 15 minutes and then get up slowly to do the morning chores.
Never skip any meal; instead eat small meals or snacks often. Do not keep your stomach empty. You can eat whatever you feel when you are hungry, but to keep on simple homemade foods as spicy, fatty or fried foods can cause indigestion, acidity and aggravate vomiting.
Avoid Cooking Smells
In most pregnant women, morning sickness takes a bad turn once they start smelling the food. While cooking, open windows and also turn on the stove fan to keep away the smell. If you can get a cook for these months that would be the best choice. Eat cold food, as hot food smells even more strongly.
You can sniff lemons or ginger to cure an upset stomach. Also, eating salty potato chips will help you to settle the stomach and have a meal peacefully. Brown rice, peanut butter, mushroom soups, pickles, celery sticks, nuts, apple slices, mashed potatoes, broth, gelatine are some of the foods that would surely help you to deal with nausea and vomiting.
This is a great natural remedy to fight morning sickness; you can sip lemonade throughout the day in every 15 minutes to keep yourself fresh and hydrated. Take fruits that have high water content like oranges, watermelon etc. Ginger ale or just clean and purified water is enough to keep away morning sickness to a great extent. Do not drink fluids just before or after a meal.
With a heavy and balanced breakfast you can prevent nausea and vomiting. The perfect choices for breakfast would be noodles, bread, sugary cereals, cake, Bread, noodles, fiber rich foods etc.
Take Ample Rest
Too much of stress and exertion can make nausea and vomiting worse. Get plenty of rest; you can take short naps whenever you feel uneasy and dizzy. Many women sleep more during the first three months of pregnancy. To make this “resting mode” possible, you would need some supporting hands from family or maid centres.
Roam in the garden during the late noon hours or early morning to get plenty of fresh air. Try to avoid warm places as the “hot” feeling can add to nausea. You can also try out acupressure wrist bands, however talk to your health-care professional first. Quite smoking and alcohol completely even if you have the bit of the habit left.
Ginger capsules is an excellent alternative remedy to cure nausea and vomiting. The dose can be up to 250 mg four times a day, consult the doctor first. Don’t forget to take prenatal vitamins just before bed or with food; you can ask for with pills with lower iron content to help relieve constipation if that is an associated trouble. Folic acid pills with dose 0.4 to 1.0 mg alone will make you feel better.
These measures would surely be of help if you are bothered with morning sickness during pregnancy.