Happy Friday! Today I’m excited to feature Tiffany from Sears in the South. She’s going to be sharing with us some tips on how to deal with morning sickness. Enjoy!
Figuring out how to deal with morning sickness can be daunting, especially if you are in the middle of it. The pregnancy itself isn’t necessarily a cup of tea, but is worth it once the baby is born!
Many women have morning sickness in their first trimester. It is a sign of a healthy pregnancy and is caused by the increase in hormones. Everyone’s morning sickness varies, but everyone experiences it to some degree; especially during the first trimester.
For most, it tends to dissipate after you are about twelve weeks in (the end of the first trimester). For me, that hasn’t always been the case. My second and third pregnancies came with morning sickness all day every day for most of the pregnancy. Talk about relentless!
As I endured the first six weeks of pregnancy for the 4th time I was determined to find the solution on how to deal with morning sickness. If you are pregnant for the first time (or even second) you may not know how to deal with all of these new things related to pregnancy and motherhood. You may have tons of questions and can find more articles related to pregnancy at searsinthesouth.com. To take the guesswork out of it here is what I discovered:
Eat frequently, stay hydrated and take iron. Eating small meals often is one of the most recommended things to do and it sounds simple enough, right? Yes and no. It is simple, but there seem to be things that get in the way. The key on how to deal with morning sickness is doing these things every day, correctly!
How to Deal with Morning Sickness:
One of the major factors to preventing women from doing these three things is feeling so sick you don’t want to put anything in your mouth. If you can force yourself to take a couple of bites you will get past that.
Another is being too busy to stop and snack. Working moms don’t have time to stop what they are doing. Stay at home moms with other children put the needs of the children before taking care of themselves. You have to be intentional each day by stopping for only about 5 minutes to snack between meals.
The third common roadblock to eating frequently is time to prep the snacks. Go for things like crackers, fruit that doesn’t need to be cut up (like grapes or bananas), cheese that is already sliced, string cheese, or nuts. These foods can be picked up easily. Just try to eat slower to help prevent indigestion.
Prepping ahead of time (or have someone do it for you) will help. This is even truer when it feels difficult to function and push through your day when you don’t feel well. The last thing you want to do is cook, much less get more food ready for snacking. Getting lots of things ready ahead of time will make it easier to snack later when you need it. Portion them out into containers or baggies so you can pick up a few before work or during your day at home.
When you are getting snacks ready keep in mind you will want to eat about every 2-3 hours. At the start of my current pregnancy, my appetite was huge. There were no small snacks. I would eat a large meal every 3-4 hours and feel hungry an hour later.
Stay Hydrated //
This is where the other key factor of staying hydrated comes in. Sometimes all you really need is to drink more water. Your body may seem hungry, but really you just need to drink something (this goes for even when you aren’t pregnant).
Drinking plenty of water can be just as difficult as snacking throughout the day. My most successful method is to fill up 4 20oz water bottles. Drink one by 10 am, one by 1 pm, one by 4 pm and the last by 7 pm. Trying to drink it all at the end of the day will have you up often at night needing to use the bathroom. Plus it’s easier for your body to use as needed when your intake is spread out through the day.
While drinks like milk, tea, and juice can be good water is the best. Your body has to process out the sugars and what not in those things, but water is natural. Therefore, try to make most of your drinks water.
There are many pregnancy symptoms that are related to not drinking enough. Not only does plenty of water help with nausea associated with morning sickness, but also helps prevent other not so fun pregnancy symptoms like constipation, leg cramps, headaches, and Braxton-hicks contractions.
One final note about snacking is to start when you get up. This may mean keeping something by your bed so you can munch as soon as you wake up. This will make getting up a little easier. If you have the intensity of morning sickness like I did you may even find it helpful to snack on them at night, so you don’t have to get out of the bed at midnight.
Along with eating and drinking plenty, be sure to start taking an iron supplement. While eating helped for an hour or two I noticed taking my iron helped too. The nausea was pretty much gone the day after I started taking my iron. I also had more energy.
This go around I started taking it during the first trimester. With my other pregnancies, I waited until the second trimester to take anything. I am not one to take prenatal vitamins or any pills for that matter. However, I do take a liquid iron supplement that not only tastes decent but also isn’t constipating like iron in the form of pills.
Nausea I have experienced this pregnancy, along with my second and third was the indicator that made me aware I was pregnant. It is a feeling like no other. Before you know it 40 weeks will be over and you will be able to enjoy holding your sweet baby.
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