If you are planning and have finally conceived, morning sickness is probably one of the first signs of pregnancy. A week after I discovered I was pregnant; there were no signs of nausea. I thought I was one of those rare lucky women who didn’t get nausea and vomiting. But I started dancing a little too soon. In my sixth week of pregnancy, I had morning sickness all day.
I had a severe morning sickness and even the thought of food put me off. I refrained from eating and drastically lost weight (up to 5 kgs). I still remember my doctor’s words, “You had better start eating or I would need to keep you on drip”. I guess the words got me, for I finally started eating even if I had to immediately rush to the bathroom. Also, my OB/GYN prescribed me a pill to reduce the sickness.
Morning sickness during the first trimester pregnancy
For most women, the first trimester is very bad in terms of nausea and vomiting. People say that morning sickness gets better in the second trimester or it stops altogether. Yes, it does for a few lucky ladies. But for me, that wasn’t the case. I still puked once a day. I was suffering from morning sickness till the day I delivered my daughter, that means even in the third trimester of pregnancy.
During pregnancy, the body produces certain hormones that lead to indigestion and heartburn and causes nausea and sickness. Hormones, I could not help but to control indigestion and heartburn what I did.
How to get rid of morning sickness naturally?
Here are the few things that you can eat for morning sickness:
- Drink a lot of water
- Eat something immediately on waking up; thepla, khakhra, previous night paratha etc.
- Eat small meals every 2 hours. It puts less load on your digestion.
- Prefer eating homemade food or just be careful of what you eat when you step out.
- Avoided spicy, fried and junk food.
- Avoid eating cruciferous vegetables like cauliflowers, cabbage, broccoli, bok Choy, Brussel sprouts, especially at night as they can lead to gas production and painful bloating.
- Concentrate on nutritious breakfast and lunch.
- Avoid heavy meals in the night.
- Make a point of walking for at least 20 mins post meals.
- Cold milk helps to ease out the burning sensation in the stomach.
- Suck on ice cubes or chips if that helps with nausea.
- Drink a spoon of apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach.
What to do for morning sickness at work?
Follow the morning sickness tips as mentioned above. Over and above, you can consume ginger. Ginger is known as a morning sickness remedy. Eat ginger cookies or drink ginger tea, however, don’t overdo it.
Fennel seeds are good for digestion and control flatulence. Either chew fennel seeds after meals or make saunf sherbet by soaking crushed fennel seeds in water. Strain and add rock sugar in the strained water. Consume this juice a couple of times in small quantities.
If you have severe nausea and vomiting, which keeps you from eating, I would suggest to consult your doctor, who can prescribe you proper medication to control the same.
Nausea is not a great feeling, but keep your mind away from it. Keep your mind engaged and nausea and morning sickness won’t bother you all the time.