Overcoming Morning Sickness

Overcoming Morning Sickness

In this article, we have compiled important information about how to overcome morning sickness. We also talked about the foods that you can eat to relieve yourself.

Many women suffer from morning sickness. When trying to understand it, it helps to know: where does morning sickness come from, why must we endure it, and how can we make it go away?

Sherri J. Tenpenny, D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine), is the director and founder of Osteomed II, a Cleveland, Ohio clinic established for traditional, complementary and preventative medicine. She says morning sickness is caused by the sudden increases or changes in hormone levels. “It’s common in first trimester because your body is doing a lot of changes,” says Dr Tenpenny. “By that time the rapid changes have leveled out (usually at the beginning of the second trimester), you’ve gotten more used to the changes.”

Food Control

Diet is the best tool to minimize discomfort, she says. Perhaps the simplest techniques are frequent snacking and drinking lots of water. Many women find small doses of bland foods to be helpful. Suggestions include crackers (especially whole grain), soup or chicken broth. Dr Tenpenny even suggests an almond butter that is available at most health food stores.

It helps to avoid rich and fatty foods because they are harder to digest, says Dr Tenpenny. Likewise, caffeinated beverages can further irritate nausea. Herbal teas like peppermint and ginger can be calming in reasonable and small doses, she suggests, but cautions women to avoid other herbs that may have unknown side effects.

Getting Your Vitamins

While prenatal vitamins have their pros and cons, an additional supplement of vitamin B6 and magnesium might also be helpful. If vitamins are making you feel icky, Dr Tenpenny suggests taking them with food in the middle of the day.

While some healthcare providers frown on the practice, my obstetrician says I can replace the iron-heavy prenatal vitamins with regular vitamins and a diet rich in iron. (Did you know that Grapenuts cereal served with raisins has nearly 50 percent of the daily recommended dose of iron?) Prenatal vitamins made me so sick that my nutrition suffered. With regular multivitamins, I eat a balanced diet, which my doctor considers healthier for mom and baby. Though this works for me, consult your healthcare provider before trying it.

Learn From Moms Who Have Been There

While medical experts have good, solid advice to offer, some of the best tips for beating the burden of trimester one come from the voices of experience. Their solutions don’t always make sense to the medical community, but many moms cling to them for comfort.

Some of these tips aren’t found in books because most people don’t want to talk about the unpleasant side of pregnancy. But the moms I know say you might as well face reality: If your morning sickness means throwing up, eat foods that don’t hurt on the return trip – and be sure to chew everything thoroughly. For obvious reasons, avoid stringy foods like spaghetti. Also carry plastic (not see-through) “barf bags” and plenty breath mints with you to minimize the inevitable inconveniences.

Nicola C. Pons of New Market, Alabama, creates variations on standard medical information and finds a lot of help from common sense solutions shared by experienced moms. “I hated crackers while I was especially barfy,” she says. “I did better eating whole wheat bread instead. I ate foods high in proteins and carbohydrates and avoided sweets, which increased the nausea.”

Many pregnant women crave sour or bitter tastes like lemon or vinegar. While Pons was eating bread, Heather Foster in Fort St. John, B.C., Canada, was chowing on pretzels, sour candies and slightly unripe fruit. She even resorted to sucking a lemon wedge if the craving for sour tastes became overwhelming. Dr Tenpenny says this makes sense, because sour and bitter foods are both “neutralizers” that help balance your system. In my case, I couldn’t stomach a friend’s suggestion to drink some white vinegar, but I was able to pour myself a shot glass full of balsamic vinegar and took small sips of the bitter liquid. The fruity Italian vinegar was actually palatable – in fact, some native Italians actually sip the stuff as an aperitif.

But making careful eating choices isn’t the only sickness management technique. Foster also avoided strong smells that triggered nausea, and I avoided touching raw meat because the smell and appearance made me queasy. Therefore, my family becomes vegetarian, gets take-out, or someone else cooks when I’m in the first trimester.


Snack Frequently

My purse always contains peanut butter crackers and bottled water so I can snack before all-day sickness strikes. Sometimes, I even munch on them at a restaurant while I’m waiting for food to arrive. I stocked my nightstand with pretzels so I can quell any 3:00 am nausea attacks. Before I even get out of bed, I eat a few pretzels. (Because I have a one-year-old, I always have to carry enough snacks to share!)

Finally, don’t forget liquids. It’s important that you keep hydrated, both for your health as well as for the baby’s. To keep her fluid intake high when she was pregnant with 2-year-old Joey, Pons’s diet included ice chips, Gatorade, 7-Up, icy fruit pops and bouillon soup. She also found it soothing to use a cool washcloth to bathe her face, neck, the inside of her wrists and elbows.

I hope some of these suggestions will help you. Keep in mind that everyone is different, and so what worked for me, your best friend or a co-worker may not help you, and vice versa. Experiment, and do remember that in most cases, nausea clears up early in the second trimester. Try to take it one day at a time, and know that this sickness will soon be only a memory – and far overshadowed by much more joyous events.