Are you pregnant and experiencing the joys of morning sickness? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, morning sickness is probably one of the most baffling (and heavily experienced) symptom of pregnancy. Ask almost any mother and she’ll tell you that she’s had at least a few queasy days during each of her pregnancies. (Although, there is that rare woman who’ll tell you that she’s “never felt better.” And during my nausea-filled pregnancy, I wanted to smack one who did say that!)
So, let’s talk about what triggers it. Oftentimes, it’s a smell. For me, I found that the smell of wet cat food was enough to send me reeling. (Come to think of it, when is wet cat food NOT enough to send anyone reeling?) In any case, my husband would open a can of that stuff and I could smell it clear across the room. I also found that our pantry had developed a particularly bad odor (which disappeared immediately after I delivered our daughter). For other women, the mere sight of something can make the queasy – cleaning up after a pet, looking at particular foods or being in an uncomfortable location. Or, it can be as simple as the act of getting out of bed. (I’ll tackle that one last – there’s a quick trick to help you.)
Tip #1 – GRIN!
Yes, the act of grinning widely actually quells your body’s ability to feel nausea temporarily. Strange, but true! (I must have looked like the happiest soul on earth once I learned this trick!) We’re not talking about a smile…this has got to be a really wide, toothy grin to work.
Tip#2 – PREGGIE POPS
For some they work, others they don’t. You can find these lozenges in most baby stores and online. Many contain ginger, which is considered to be good for stopping the queasy feeling.
Tip #3 – PEPPERMINT CANDY
Peppermint oil has long been known to cure stomach ailments. Keep a bag at your desk, in the car and a few in your purse. These small hard candies work wonders!! (Give one to your hubby the next time he complains of indigestion and he’ll be amazed at how quickly it makes him feel better.)
Tip #4 – KEEP EATING
I found that I got nauseous the minute I had gone for more than an hour or two without food. Bring snacks with you everywhere – pretzels and baked chips are easy to carry with you and work wonders. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel the minute you can get something down. Salty foods seem to work most quickly while sweets often have the opposite effect!
Tip #5 – SEA BANDS (also known as wrist bands)
Purchase these at any pharmacy or drugstore. They work throughout the day by applying slight pressure to a pressure point on your wrist.
Now, here’s the trick for getting up the morning. Set your alarm ten minutes earlier than normal to help you begin to wake up. Do NOT jump out of bed when you hear your alarm go off. Instead, reach over to your nightstand and eat one of the Saltines you placed there the night before. Take small bites and drink a little water. Now, sit up slowly. How are you feeling? Still queasy? Try another Saltine and wait a few more minutes. Your body is slowly adjusting to becoming vertical again…give it time! If you slow your morning routine down a bit, you can avoid the overwhelming nausea.
Best of luck!