When a woman becomes pregnant, a wide array of changes will take place in her body. Most of those changes are frustrating and annoying, like bloating, water retention, mood swings and such, but one of the worst issues in pregnancy is morning sickness.
Morning sickness is the feeling of nausea, sometimes with vomiting, that occurs particularly in the morning although it can really happen anytime during the day. For some women, pregnancy sickness only lasts a week or so at the beginning of the pregnancy, but for some it can last for weeks, months, even throughout the entire pregnancy.
There are medications that are normally prescribed for nausea but most of them are not suitable for pregnant women who have to find other ways to control the morning sickness.
Cures for pregnancy sickness
In order to prevent and alleviate nausea in pregnancy, it is very important to eat well. This means not only eating healthy foods but also eating foods in small, frequent meals.
Of course, not all foods are suitable for pregnant women who suffer from morning sickness. Bland food works best. Bland means without excessive flavor, not spicy, not acidic, bitter or very salty. Brown rice, crackers, dry toast, these are some of the best bland foods. Foods that neutralize acid are also recommended, and those include dairy like yogurt, ice cream and milk.
It also helps to spend some time in fresh air. Walking, sitting on a bench or sunbathing often helps with nausea.
One of the very important things in pregnancy is keeping hydrated, especially during morning sickness period. It is best to drink plain water, fresh juice and herbal teas. Unfortunately, plain water can actually trigger nausea in some women, in which case it can help to put a slice of lime, lemon or orange in the glass of water. Ginger ale, ginger tea and peppermint tea are also very good remedies for pregnancy sickness.
Ginger is a traditional remedy for all kinds of nausea. It comes in many forms - tea, soda, juice, pickled ginger, powdered ginger, even candied ginger.
For many women sodas and other carbonated beverages seem to alleviate the nausea. However, it is important to remember that caffeine is not allowed so Coca-Cola, Pepsi and similar caffeinated beverages should be avoided.
Resting, laying down with the feet up on a cushion or taking a nap are also very helpful against nausea.
Of course, there are over-the-counter remedies for morning sickness that are suitable for pregnant women or are designed especially for them. Still, it is better to consult a doctor before taking one of those.