How To Combat Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is horrible. I have suffered with it since I was about 7 weeks pregnant. I haven’t had it very bad, you do hear stories of people who throw up all day every day for the first 12 weeks. Mine has been more nausea than sickness but there have been a few days where I have been quite sick. My morning sickness was pretty constant until about 32 weeks where it seemed to go and be replaced by heartburn – oh the joy!
There’s lots of advice around how you can deal with the symptoms of morning sickness and I am in no way qualified in this area. I’m just telling you what worked for me. I would suggest if your morning sickness is persistent or severe you should speak to your midwife or doctor.
It’s been often reported that morning sickness is worse if your body goes through extreme sugar (and therefore energy) lows. So eating small amounts and eating regularly can help even this out, so hopefully, you can control how often you feel sick and how long for.
If you are trying to control sugar peaks and troughs, it’s worth taking note of the type of food that you are eating to help this. If you are eating a lot of high sugar food which your body will burn through quickly, then you are more likely to crash and feel worse more quickly. If you eat slow-release carbohydrate-rich food, you’ve got a better chance of evening out those spikes. Porridge, oat cakes, crackers, wholemeal bread and pasta will help with this. Mix in some dairy and some fruit and you should have a well-balanced plan of attack for those sickness pangs.
Keep hydrated! When you are feeling sick (or even worse), make sure you are taking small sips of water, so that you don’t get dehydrated. This is especially important if you are actually being sick as you’ll need to keep your fluids up. Coconut water is a really good source if you are feeling very dehydrated. It’s also very refreshing if it is chilled first
Now I’ve not tried this one myself, mainly because I’m not a fan of ginger. But a lot of my friends have said they kept a secret stash of ginger biscuits during the early weeks of their pregnancy. Ginger is supposed to have properties which settle the stomach and so can help with symptoms of morning sickness.
Breakfast in Bed
I found I felt very sick just after getting up. It was much worse if I didn’t eat straight away and if I showered and dressed first. So I either got up, popped on my dressing gown and went and had my breakfast and on the days I wasn’t quite ready for breakfast, I would have a plain biscuit or two in bed first. That way it evened out my sugar levels before I put any demands on my body. Some days, I even persuaded my husband to make me a cuppa tea to go with the biccies!
What did you find helped you when you were suffering from morning sickness? Were there any hacks that you can share? Or were you one of the lucky ones and didn’t suffer with it at all?
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