Diary of a Fit mommy

Tips for Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

I was one of the lucky ones that did not have crazy morning sickness during all three of my pregnancies. I did have times where I felt as if I would throw up but they were far and few in between. When this happened, there were certain things that definitely helped to settle down my tummy.

So why does morning sickness happen anyway? Simply put: when HCG levels are the highest, it could trigger sensitivity. Some mothers simply are more sensitive to the hormones than others and if you find yourself constantly feeling woozy or throwing up-congratulations because you are one of those women. Other factors are low blood sugar which is why snacking often is recommended and altered metabolism of carbohydrates.

Here are a few tips to help ease your tummy:

  1. Eat often. For me, I was one of those ladies who got nauseated when I went too long without eating so I always keep a snack nearby. The best snacks to have are light carbohydates. Think rice cakes, crackers, fruit even. Dont go too long without a snack and be sure to avoid fatty and greasy foods if you are not feeling well.
  2. Add ginger to your diet. Ginger helps relieve morning sickness for some people. Ginger comes in capsules, candies, snaps, real ginger ale and tea made with fresh-grated ginger. I have little lozenges from Pink Stork that helped me. I aslo loved the Anti-Nausea tea from Natalist. I am unsure why ginger works-perhaps its the spice to it?
  3. Stay hydated. I know, I know. This is the most boring tip ever but it works. Not only is it healthy to stay hydrated when you are throwing up, it can also prevent morning sickness. Dehydration can cause nausea, and vomiting can lead to further water loss. Pregnant women should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids a day.
  4. Take vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is effective therapy for nausea and vomiting of pregnancy: a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study. A typical dose of vitamin B6 for morning sickness is 10 mg to 25 mg, 3 times a day. If you are not a fan of pills, try adding more Vitamin B6 to your diet through sunflower seeds, pistachios, wild caught salmon and tuna, dried fruits like apricots, lean pork and beef, bananas, avocados, and spinach.

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