Ugh, morning sickness. A bit of a misnomer, this pregnancy symptom can occur during any time of the day, morning or night, and it’s one of the most dreaded parts of pregnancy. While the frequency and intensity of nausea and vomiting varies tremendously from woman to woman and even between pregnancies, most women do experience at least a few episodes over the course of their pregnancy.
Whether you have random bouts of morning sickness or are plagued with it consistently even beyond the first trimester, there are ways to quell the queasiness.
At-home tips and remedies for morning sickness
- Eat small, frequent meals. Eating frequently, as opposed to three large meals a day seems to be effective.
- Eat immediately on waking up. Some women find that putting crackers next to their bed and eating them about 20 minutes before getting out of bed can be helpful.
- Sip fluids frequently. Staying hydrated is important.
- Lemon and ginger can both be natural remedies for nausea. Try adding lemon wedges to your tea or water, and ginger can be put in tea as well.
- Salty pretzels or crackers can help settle a stomach.
- Don’t lie down after eating or skip meals. Both can worsen nausea.
- Avoid eating foods that trigger your nausea. Not sure what the culprits are? Keep a food journal.
- Stay away from strong food odors. This may mean someone else needs to cook the meals for a little while.
Beyond normal morning sickness