While many suggest that morning sickness might be a good sign that the baby is growing and healthy, let’s face it--feeling pregnancy nausea is miserable. Most experts agree that this common symptom, which affects 70% of pregnant women, is caused by the surge of hormones brought on by pregnancy. Most get relief after the first trimester when hormone levels have evened out a bit, but about 20% continue to feel nauseated throughout the whole nine months.
Feeling like you have the stomach bug for months feels awful and can suck the joy out of having a baby all together. Here are Nine Naturals’ and healthy mama®’s top tips for avoiding and treating morning sickness.
- Start Strong.
Before getting out of bed in the morning, you may want to eat a light snack--think a few Saltine crackers--and get up slowly. Feel free to sit on the side of the bed for a few minutes before standing up. Don’t start moving around on an eight-hour empty stomach because it can bring nausea on strong. Despite its name, morning sickness can strike at any time of day or night, that’s why many moms-to-be even stash a snack on their nightstands.
- Stay Hydrated.
Drink fluids often during the day to stay hydrated. Eight glasses a day may be hard when you’re feeling woozy but remember: dehydration will only make the problem worse. The colder the drink, the easier it’ll be to get down. Try Healthy Mama’s refreshing Boost it Up! Caffeine Free Protein Anti-Nausea Energy Drink, which is packed with protein, B-vitamins, fiber, ginger and electrolytes to help fight nausea. This drink was developed by nutritionists to be 100% safe during pregnancy, is OBGYN-recommended, and endorsed by the American Pregnancy Association.
- Eat Right & Try Ginger.
Eat smaller, more frequent meals and avoid fatty foods -- they’re hard to digest. Foods and drinks with ginger can help too. For many centuries, ginger has been used in traditional Asian, Indian and Arabic medicine to help alleviate digestive problems, including nausea. Modern research, too, indicates that the root’s volatile oils and pungent phenol compounds, such as gingerols and shogaols, can in fact relieve stomach upset. Boost It Up! and Nip the Nausea use ginger as a key ingredient. Nip the Nausea! 100% Organic drops fit easily in your purse so you can take them with you wherever you go! And launching in February is the much anticipated Nip the Nausea! organic morning sickness capsules containing amounts of ginger and vitamin B6 clinically proven to help eliminate morning sickness without the drowsiness of drug options.
- Enjoy Aromatic Fragrances.
Certain odors may trigger your gag reflex, since your sense of smell is heightened during pregnancy. If specific odors consistently bother you, you can try to minimize your exposure to them or avoid them altogether. Switching to all natural beauty products can help you reduce your exposure to chemical fragrances (as well as other additives that can harm you and your growing baby). Nine Naturals products are all-natural and free of synthetic fragrances; in fact, their light, natural fragrances utilize principles of aromatherapy especially for pregnant women. Nine Naturals' Citrus + Mint Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner,Vanilla + Geranium Regenerative Belly Butter, and Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Conditioner are all made with pure essential oils known to boost energy, lift moods, and relieve nausea.
Morning sickness is definitely not one of pregnancy’s main perks, but with a little bit of proactive planning -- and a few helpful products to help you along -- you’ll be feeling better, and gorgeously glowing, in no time.