One of the big things that can tell you that you’re pregnant is what they call “morning sickness”. I tend to just reference it as sickness since it doesn’t just stick to the morning.
It can be all day, evening, and of course, morning sickness. So, with that being said.
It’s time to find out what foods can help fight pregnancy nausea and sickness throughout the day.
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How to battle morning sickness
Whether you’re having a hard time finding the energy to eat, struggling to keep things down or just trying to educate yourself on what you could go through and have the ability to fight it later, you’re in the right place.
Here’s the list of foods and beverages that should help you fight morning sickness.
You can always attempt the B.R.A.T. diet. This is good for anyone with an upset stomach, stomach bug, virus, etc.
This diet includes B for bananas, R for bland rice, A for applesauce great and T for dry toast.
This starts to lead us to other bland and easy things to sip or have small bites of.
Ice chips are great for keeping you hydrated without feeling like you have to constantly drink down something. If you’re looking for more hydration tips without having to have boring water, try Gatorade ice chips.
Grab a bottle of Gatorade and pour it into an ice tray and freeze it. You can just suck on these cubes and you can keep hydrated, get your electrolytes that you need and have a little flavor.
Watermelon. This is great as the fruit is mainly made up of water. This is good at helping you to stay hydrated while the sugars from the watermelon fruit can help fight against nausea.
Ginger ale. Ginger ale is known to be the go to drink when anybody has a belly ache. Between the carbonation and ginger it’s good to help settle the stomach.
Pedialyte. This is great to have as a back up if you’re struggling to keep anything down. You can sip on it throughout the day or you can freeze some into ice cube trays or freezer pops and suck on them.
Pedialyte is a great thing to have on hand when your eventual little one gets older anyway.
If you’re lacking in energy, you, or your spouse can pick up the prepackaged Pedialyte freezer pops to have on hand.
Crackers. Bland boring crackers are good to get a little something in your system without overloading your upset tummy.
Mashed Potatoes. Plain mashed potatoes are good to have around. Nothing with flavorful toppings like bacon, sour cream, cheese, etc.
Just plain mashed potatoes. A little something in your system and something easy to get down.
Greek Yogurt. If you can stand the taste/smell/texture of it. A nice serving of simple Greek yogurt is good to get into your system.
I’m sure you don’t have to be told, but, rest when you can. You may even find yourself more tired or exhausted more quickly during your first trimester.
Don’t worry, it usually gets better by your second trimester. Unfortunately, it will most likely return in the third trimester.
Causes of Morning Sickness
If you can, eat any source of protein frequently. An empty stomach is one of the causes of nausea during morning sickness. Eat a light serving of protein as soon as you wake up to help curb morning sickness.
Those lovely pregnancy hormones can be another cause of morning sickness. With an increasing Beta – HCG, progesterone and estrogen levels, this sudden change from the norm can send your body all over the place.
Along with pregnancy hormones, you may want to have your OB check your thyroid levels. Unbalanced thyroid levels can cause many things throughout your pregnancy, including morning sickness, so it is good to have checked anyway.
Your love for spicy and fatty foods may no longer be during the first trimester. Pregnancy can slow down digestion which can cause indigestion and increased acid in the system which can lead to nausea and vomiting
As always, anxiety and stress can wreck havoc on your body. It is important to try to keep these under control throughout your pregnancy.
If you find that you’re having a hard time handling your stress or anxiety, please reach out to your OB to see what recommendations they may have for you.
Remember how earlier, I mentioned the pregnancy hormones causing morning sickness? Well, those lovely influx in hormones can induce migraines as well.
If you already get migraines, it is natural for you to get more of them or an increased frequency of the migraines that can lead to nausea or vomiting.
Keep your doctor informed about your migraines and if you have a history of them and reach out if they’re becoming difficult to deal with.
Non edible ways to fight morning sickness
Get out and get some exercise. Discuss your plans for light exercise with your OB before you start any new programs. At the very least, you can get out and go for a walk.
It helps fight nausea and increases blood flow to your intestines to aid in proper digestion.
Get fresh air
If you find that sitting in the same stuffy room brings on the morning sickness then make sure to get up and move about.
Some resources have said that smelling lemons or other citrus scents can help alleviate nausea.
Excessive morning sickness
There is such a thing as excessive morning sickness. If you feel you may be in this category where you can’t keep anything food or drink down, or are losing weight, then you NEED to reach out to your OB.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is a very real problem and not something to take lightly. This is a condition that is characterized by extreme nausea, vomiting, weight loss and electrolyte imbalance.