Being pregnant is a wonderful feeling but it can be really tough when the pregnant lady experiences morning sickness. According to the author of the book The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book, Dr. Marjorie Greenfield, around 50 percent of pregnant women experience vomiting and about 70 percent experience nausea. Morning sickness is very common during pregnancy. It is a misnomer as most pregnant women experience nausea during any time of the day not just in the morning. It can begin during the sixth week of pregnancy and tends to get worse by the eighth or ninth week. The exact reason for morning sickness is not known but it may be because of the higher levels of hormones like estrogen. Also, the digestive tract relaxes when you are pregnant and heightens the sense of smell. These factors can also contribute to the feeling of nausea. Morning sickness not only drains you physically it also makes you feel bad. The good news is morning sickness gets resolved by the 14 th week in most cases and you can follow some tips to ease the symptoms. Here are some suggestions to deal with the morning sickness.(ALSO READ Foods to eat during pregnancy: 15 power foods to ensure good health for mother and baby).
1. Eat small portions and frequently
Sometimes you don’t feel like eating due to nausea and vomiting. The key is to eat small portion and often. This will maintain the sugar level of the body. You can eat low fat yogurt or cheese cube or crackers.
2. Sniff lemon or fresh scent
During pregnancy, the sense of smell is heightened and sometimes a whiff of unpleasant smell can turn your stomach. Smelling a lemon or fresh scent will calm your tummy and can prevent you from vomiting. You can carry a small lemon in your bag when going out.(ALSO READ 5 best exercises you can do to stay fit during pregnancy).
3. Nibble on bland or salty snacks
Keep a snack next to your bed so that you can nibble on them throughout the day. You can eat whole-wheat crackers as soon as you wake up or just before you hit the bed at night. This will help you to keep your tummy calm.
4. Have liquid between meals
It is not advisable to drink liquid during your meal. You can have drinks like ginger and lemon tea or other liquid between your meal. (ALSO READ Why we gain weight in pregnancy: Here’s why there is a weight gain during pregnancy and how much is normal pregnancy weight gain).
5. Eat protein rich food
Foods rich in protein and vitamin B are good during this time. You can eat chicken or nuts. You should also consume complex carbohydrates like vegetables and whole grains. It is important to track your morning sickness and consult doctor if your experience sever sickness.