My best advice to any expectant mother who is experiencing morning sickness, is to keep trying different things to relieve your discomfort. I’ve heard everything from lying on the bathroom floor (must be the cool tiles!) to eating dry soda crackers helps – so don’t give up without a fight!
My second best piece of advice is to keep in mind that IT WILL ALL BE OVER VERY SOON. For most women, morning sickness is over by the end of the first trimester, so just be patient. It will all be worth it once you are holding your little one in your arms. You also can make yourself throw up to relieve your sickness in some case. In the meantime, here are 8 Ways to reduce morning sickness.
1. Be Boring and Bland
Bland foods is the way to go. Meaning no garlic, spice or onions.
2. Don’t Run on Empty
Bring snacks with you wherever you go. The last thing you want is to be stuck somewhere without anything to eat or even worse grabbing something that you’ll regret eating later, like a chocolate bar (mind you, many women actually reported that chocolate helped them – go figure!)
3. Prevention is BEST
Many women find that if they are constantly snacking, they will never get hungry. So eat something that you can easily digest- NOT last night’s pizza!
4. Choose Baby Portions
Quantity makes a huge difference – choose mini (light) meals and NEVER stuff yourself! Eating small meals throughout the day will keep your blood sugar levels even and the nausea at bay.
5. Get your GINGER
Many women reported that ginger (cookies, tea, etc.) helped them when nothing else did. So, when everything else fails, try ginger!
6. Take your B’s
Some women find Vitamin B to be very helpful. The B vitamins are necessary for optimum liver function (very important for prevention of morning sickness!) and good digestion. Vitamin B is found in foods such as – banana, avocado, chicken, whole grains and nuts (if you can stomach them!).
7. Go Orange and Green
Two other great vitamins are Vitamin C and K. Vitamin C can help stop nausea and vomiting quickly, and Vitamin K supports the liver’s detoxifying action. Vitamin C is found in oranges and carrots (sucking on a wedge of lemon works very well for some women!) and Vitamin K is found in all green foods like spinach and broccoli.
8. And last but not least REST, REST and REST!
Rest is one of THE most common ways of coping with morning sickness. With a busy schedule it’s not easy, but do your best to take the time to get as much good quality rest as you can (don’t worry, by your second trimester you’ll have enough energy to make up for it)!