It’s difficult to get excited about planning a nursery when you are spending all your time in the bathroom. When morning sickness takes over your entire day, consider some home remedies to alleviate the discomfort. Then you can relax and enjoy planning for the arrival of your little one.
What You Do
Let your routine work for you instead of against you during this tumultuous time. When you wake up each morning, avoid hopping right out of bed. Take a few moments to wake up fully, as long as you need. Then, get up slowly. Sit up first, then move your feet to the ground, then stand. Allow your body to adjust to a vertical position. Keep windows open and air moving throughout the house, to eliminate stale aromas in the house. This is especially important if you are cooking or if anyone has smoked. Keep snacks and water with you at all times to regulate blood sugar and hydration. Go for a walk, jog or swim each day, but don’t overdo the exercise and further dehydrate or exhaust yourself. Rest when necessary to avoid excessive strain on your body.
What You Eat
While avoiding foods that trigger nausea, you can consume some that will alleviate it. When the morning sickness is really poignant, reach for nutritious foods without strong tastes, such as mashed potatoes, bananas, plain pasta and simple soups. When you are feeling better, give you body complex foods to work on. Proteins, fruits, vegetables and whole grains give your body lots of nutrients and lots to work on. Avoid simple sugars that will run through your body quickly. Eat protein before bed to regulate blood sugar and munch on crackers at small intervals throughout the day and before you get out of bed. Look for foods high in iron and vitamin B6, nutrients often lacking in a pregnant woman’s diet. Ginger is a natural reliever of nausea. Look for candies, sodas, teas or the whole root. Incorporate it into your diet as you feel comfortable. Avoid forcing yourself to eat something that causes a gag reaction as this will only turn you off to the product.
What You Experience
Take a warm, not hot, bath to relax your body, even during and between episodes of morning sickness. Use a relaxing essential oil, such as lavender or rose, in the bath or candles nearby to enhance the experience. Have your partner give you a massage with these oils to relax tense muscles. Drink tea to calm your nerves, which only exacerbate the nausea. Consult with your doctor about acupuncture bands which can put strategic pressure on your wrists, relieving your feelings of nausea.
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