Tips to Help Relieve Morning Sickness
last updated 12 April 2018
There Are Many Things You Can Do To Help Relieve Morning Sickness, Nausea & Vomiting.
Acupuncture is very effective of course, but there are also things you can do yourself to help take the edge off of morning sickness
How to Eat to Help Relieve Morning Sickness
- Put small portions of food on your plate as a larger portion may be off putting when you have morning sickness.
- Become a grazer and eat small amounts throughout the day and evening.
- Take your time and eat slowly, chew your food really well
- Avoid lumpy foods, when you have morning sickness it may be easier to swallow soups and smoothies.
- Try eating bland foods. Bland foods can be more palatable while you have morning sickness.
- Ginger is renowned for settling the queasy stomach and helping to relieve morning sickness. Grate some fresh ginger (without the peel) into hot water to make a ginger tea, sip it. Get some ginger sweets or crystallized ginger. Get ginger ale made with real ginger (most health food shops will carry this).
- Keep some crackers by your bed and if you feel pregnancy nausea when you first wake up, nibble a few crackers and then rest for a few minutes before getting up slowly.
- Nibble on crackers if pregnancy nausea wakes you up during the night.
- Try to eat food cold or at room temperature, because food tends to have a stronger aroma when it’s hot.
- After eating avoid lying down on your left side. Lying on your left side can slow digestion.
- Try taking any vitamins or supplements with food or just before you go to sleep.
- Avoid fatty foods because they can take longer to digest.
- Avoid spicy, acidic, and fried foods as they can irritate your digestive system.
Fluid Intake to Help Relieve Morning Sickness:
- Sip peppermint tea or suck on peppermint sweets, especially after eating.
- Drink out of a small cup or bottle. Mentally the large amount may seem too much for your stomach to handle.
- Sip small amounts of fluid throughout the day. A large amount of fluid may be too much too handle at once and could exacerbate your feelings of nausea in pregnancy.
- Drink/ sip fluids mostly between meals. Don’t drink a lot of fluid at meal time. This may make you feel full and less hungry for food.
- Try your drinks at different temperatures. You might find warm or room temperature drinks easier on your stomach. Or you may find cold suits you better.
- Try sour drinks such as lemon drinks like lemonade or simply squeeze fresh lemon in water.
- Experiment to see if carbonated or flat drinks and see if either is easier to keep down.
- If swallowing itself makes you feel nauseous try sucking on ice cubes or putting drops of water on your tongue. Yes this can be time consuming, but very effective.
- Use a straw to change up the sipping experience.
- Try a sports drink that contains glucose, salt, and potassium to replace lost electrolytes if you’ve been vomiting in pregnancy.
Lifestyle choices to Help Relieve Morning Sickness
- Brush your teeth or use a mouthwash to rinse out your mouth after eating.
- To avoid morning sickness, sit up slowly in the morning, don’t just jump out of bed.
- Move slowly throughout your day, sudden movements make aggravate your symptoms.
- Avoid smells that trigger your nausea during pregnancy. You and your partner may have to change your shampoo or deodorant to something that you can tolerate.
- Add in smells that are appealing. You may find that some scents such as peppermint, grapefruit, lemon or orange can be settling. You can simply peel a piece of fruit or steep a cup of peppermint tea. Or you can buy a bottle of essential oil and put a drop or two on a tissue and keep it in your purse and smell it if you start to feel queasy. You can purchase peppermint essential oil online here.
- Get some fresh air. Take a gentle stroll or simply open a window.
- Use a seasickness acupressure wrist bands. This is a soft elastic wristband that puts pressure on an acupuncture point on your wrist that is great for relieving nausea in pregnancy. They can be purchased in chemists and pharmacies. Boots have them for sale online, click here to have a look.
- And if the wrist bands aren’t enough, get some Acupuncture. The needles can be way more effective than acupressure.
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Hi, I’m Linda Ryan, Reproductive Acupuncturist, specialising in Pregnancy & fertility acupuncture & mother of three: Having used acupuncture throughout my 3 pregnancies is what drives me to help women like you to achieve the results that I made happen for myself.