Morning Sickness

  By Kemboi Kibet

Morning sickness is nausea that occurs during pregnancy. Though it is called morning sickness, it can occur at any time of the day. This condition is more common during the first trimester but in some cases it may linger throughout the whole pregnancy. Treatment is not necessary but there are certain tips that can help you contain the condition better.In severe cases of morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum, patient may need to be hospitalized  and treated with intravenous (IV) fluids and medications. This however is very rare.

TIPS TO EASE MORNING SICKNESS

There is no guarantee that you can prevent morning sickness altogether. There are however steps you can take to reduce the frequency and severity of this condition.

Keep some snacks such as crackers by your bedside. Before you get out of bed in the morning, nibble on some crackers. This will prevent your blood sugar from getting low and absorb your stomach acid.

Get out of bed slowly and then nibble on some more crackers slowly. This will help your stomach settle and prevent queasiness when you walk around.

Eat small meals about every two to three hours instead of eating three large meals. This helps to prevent your blood sugar from going low. You need to always have some kind of food in your stomach otherwise your stomach acid will work on your stomach wall causing nausea.

Keep snacks such as crackers, vegetables sticks, fruits and Cheerios by you all day and snack on them to keep your blood sugar up.

Avoid foods that trigger morning sickness such as fried and greasy foods, sweets and caffeine.

Drink lot of fluids such as water and or ginger ale. It helps also helps suck on some ice chips.Staying hydrated is also essential for baby’s growth.

Avoid foods and smells that make your nausea worse.

If taking prenatal vitamins makes you queasy, it will be better to take them at night with food . If that doesn’t help, ask your doctor for chewable prenatals.

Avoid large amounts of water and beverages during a meal.

Make time to rest. Fatigue, worry and stress exacerbate morning sickness symptoms. Try taking naps during the day.

Fresh air may help. Take short walks or sleep with windows open if  weather permits.

Eating or drinking something sour like lemon may also help.

Fresh ginger is used to battle morning sickness. Add  a 2-inch piece of ginger root, peeled and sliced to tea and boiling water and let it stand for about 15-20 minutes. strain and then drink.

After eating sit down so that the gravity helps to keep food in your stomach.

Dont brush your teeth immediately after eating because this can cause you to vomit.

Avoid fatty or spicy foods. Avoid alcohol as well.

Wear lose and comfortable clothing. Tight clothing may exacerbate the symptoms of morning sickness.

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