Congratulations, you're pregnant! Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but it can also be challenging. For some women, this could include dealing with morning sickness.
Let's be honest, no one likes the feeling queasy. Unfortunately, more than 50% of pregnant women experience morning sickness. And don't let the name fool you, it can happen at anytime...not just in the morning. Luckily, there are things that you can do to help alleviate the nausea.
Take a sick day
If the thought of dragging yourself out of bed makes you queasy, take a day off and rest. Let your body recharge. You deserve it! You'd be surprised how much mid-day naps can help.
Drink lots of water throughout the day. Dehydration can make you feel nauseated so make sure that you get at least 8 glasses in every day. If plain old water doesn't sound appealing to you, try adding some lemon slices or drink flavored seltzer water. Some women even snack on juice-filled fruits like watermelons and oranges, or eat popsicles. This is a delicious recipe for "anti-nausea" popsicles.
Eat often...even if you're not hungry
An empty stomach can often trigger nausea. So try to eat 3 balanced meals and snack on healthy foods, such as veggies, yogurt, hummus, nuts, pretzels, dried fruit, etc., throughout the day. Don't let yourself get hungry.
Try some ginger
Ginger has been know to help ease an upset stomach and reduce queasiness. Try adding a slice of ginger to a cup of hot water. If this is too strong for you, you could sip on some ginger ale. Another good alternative is to snack on ginger snaps or gingerbread cookies.
Track your nausea
Write down the times and things that you're doing when you start to feel queasy. You may be surprised to find that certain things or events trigger your nausea. Once you figure out what these are, you can avoid them.
Wear seasickness bands
Acupressure bands apply light pressure to an area on the inside wrist. This spot is believed to be related to nausea and vomiting. Many people use these bands to reduce the affects of motion sickness but pregnant women also say that it helps with morning sickness.
What other remedies have you tried that helped you deal with morning sickness? Post them in the comments below!