Most women consider morning sickness the worst thing about being pregnant. Morning sickness affects more than 50 percent of all American women, and is usually caused by the body’s rise in estrogen during the first trimester of pregnancy. Women who suffer from morning sickness frequently experience nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to certain odors.
If you’re suffering from morning sickness or have recently learned you’re pregnant, make an appointment with Women’s Care Florida today. In the meantime, check out these seven effective ways to reduce morning sickness, and sail through your first trimester in comfort and good health.
1. Wear loose, comfortable clothing
Tight, restrictive clothing puts excess pressure on your abdominal region, which can worsen morning sickness symptoms. Stick to wearing the most loose, comfortable clothing you own to relieve pressure on your abdomen, and so you can take deep, relaxing breaths when needed to reduce nausea.
2. Eat nutrient-dense food
Healthy, whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fish are packed with vitamins and nutrients that can offset your body’s rise in estrogen. Eat more nutrient-dense foods, and stay away from sugary, high-fat foods that will only worsen nausea.
3. Stay away from bad odors
Your partner’s body odor and morning breath can trigger nausea, as can the smell of garbage, perfume, shoes, and certain foods. Get to know the smells that trigger nausea, and do your best to avoid these odors as much as possible.
4. Eat breakfast
Always eat breakfast first thing in the morning, since an empty stomach increases your blood sugar level and triggers nausea. If you generally experience nausea or vomiting right after you wake up, keep a box of crackers on your nightstand to snack on right away.
5. Get more sleep
Getting the proper amount of sleep helps regulate your hormones, and can help offset your body’s production of extra estrogen. Sleep whenever you feel you need it, even if you don’t typically nap during the day or go to bed early.
6. Manage and reduce stress
Stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline can worsen nausea, and have negative health effects on your unborn baby. Find new ways to manage and reduce stress as much as possible during the first trimester, as well as for the rest of your pregnancy. Take long strolls outdoors, enjoy relaxing bubble baths, or read your favorite magazine.
7. Get help from your partner, friends, and family
If certain tasks or household chores trigger morning sickness, try delegating these tasks to your friends and loved ones until your symptoms ease up during the second trimester. For example, if odors from certain cleaning products make you feel nauseated, ask your partner if they can handle cleaning the kitchen or bathrooms so you can avoid morning sickness.
If you’re unable to keep any food or liquids in your stomach for more than 48 hours, call our office immediately for further guidance. Morning sickness is not harmful to you or your baby, but if nausea or vomiting persists or becomes severe, consult with your OB-GYN to discuss the possibility of tests or exams that can help identify the source of the problem.
Women’s Care Florida offers comprehensive, board-certified obstetrical care, including the special care of high-risk pregnancies. Schedule an appointment with WCF today to learn about our services, including labor and delivery, ultrasound and screening, pregnancy nutrition, and more.