One of the first conditions you would develop during pregnancy is morning sickness. While you cannot get rid of it altogether, there are certain ways in which you can reduce its intensity. Here are some of those tips that would help you combat morning sickness effectively during pregnancy.
Instead of eating three large meals that could increase your morning sickness, opt for smaller, more frequent meals that would both keep you full for longer periods and balance your blood sugar levels effectively (morning sickness can also be caused by low blood sugar). So eat smaller meals at least every 2 hours or so to combat morning sickness.
A hydrated body
Dehydration is known to cause morning sickness. Pregnant women need to consume water equivalent to at least half their body weight in ounces (for instance, weight=120 pounds, water=60 ounces) every day. You can also substitute water with diluted lemon juice (unsweetened) or tender coconut water, both of which would keep your body hydrated for a longer duration.
Increased Protein Intake
Reduced protein levels can also lead to morning sickness. Swallowing a spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter is both a tasty snack and balances the protein levels in your body. You can also opt for other protein rich foods like eggs, poultry, beans, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, etc. for the same purpose.
Reduced Multi-Vitamin Intake
The prenatal vitamins you take can also be contributing to your morning sickness woes. Most of these vitamins would be made of synthetic materials. So ditch them and go natural by opting for foods that contain all the vitamins your body needs during this period. Excellent options include red beets, spinach and dark red cherries for iron and folic acid from green vegetables).
Ginger can reduce nausea and therefore, treat morning sickness effectively. Make some ginger tea by boiling some fresh ginger in water for about 10 minutes. Let the tea cool down a bit and drink it. If you do not like the taste, opt to add some honey or lemon to it.
Surprising, but it is true. Exercise can actually reduce morning sickness to a great extent. If you are feeling nauseous, just head out and opt for a mild exercise like a walk or jog. In addition to energizing your body and mind, the fresh outdoor air would work wonders on your nausea, getting rid of it in an instant. However, make sure you do not opt for strenuous exercises.
Morning sickness is a common condition during pregnancy. If you are feeling nauseous all the time, use these tips to your advantage and get rid of morning sickness for good.