Getting Rid of Morning Sickness: Prevention Tips That Really Work
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Getting Rid of Morning Sickness: Prevention Tips That Really Work

Getting rid of morning sickness doesn't have to be difficult. Prevent morning sickness before nausea hits with these proven tips and tricks.

While it is true that more than half of all pregnant women suffer from morning sickness, it is not true that we have to accept this fate endure it without a fight. Getting rid of morning sickness may often seem impossible, especially during the first trimester, one of the most trying periods of pregnancy. Fortunately for the thousands of women who experience the nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness, there do exist some tried and true techniques to help prevent this unpleasant side effect.  

Many expectant mothers have been told by family and friends that morning sickness is an inevitable part of pregnancy and that there is nothing that can be done to prevent the discomfort and inconvenience it brings. However, there are actually a number of preventative measures that can be taken to help keep those notorious symptoms at bay until the time of morning sickness passes (usually around the beginning of the second trimester). 

Spot Food Aversions Early

One way to prevent excessive nausea and vomiting during early pregnancy is to watch what you eat. This may seem like an obvious tip, but the fact is this: the hormonal changes that occur within a woman's body during pregnancy may completely change the way her digestive system reacts to certain foods. Buttermilk pancakes, your favorite breakfast food for years, may suddenly cause you to become violently ill without warning or apparent reason. Learn to pay closer attention to the way your stomach reacts to certain food groups and you'll find that you may be averse to a particular taste or smell. Knowing what these are during the early weeks of pregnancy can help you to avoid coming into contact with them at all, thereby avoiding disagreeable instances of nausea. 

Plan Smaller, More Frequent Meals

Nausea is often exacerbated by an increase in stomach acid production, which often follows the consumption of an excessively large and/or spicy meal. By keeping your meals light, you can prevent the overproduction of acid and therefore keep an upset stomach from causing you unnecessary discomfort. The flip side is also important to consider: when your stomach is left empty for an extended period of time, acid reacts to "remind" you that you are hungry. When pregnancy hormones cause increased sensitivity to the cues of your digestive system, this combination can cause a sick, queasy feeling that lasts for hours. Keeping your diet full of starchy carbohydrates (like crackers or toast) can also help to absorb some of this excess acid.

Don't Forget The Ginger

While ginger may not be a very common ingredient in your current cuisine, adding it to your daily regimen may definitely prove advantageous in the fight against morning sickness. Ginger has long been utilized for its health benefits, especially that of settling the stomach. If you choose to drink gingerale, be sure to get the variety that is made with real ginger rather than an artificial flavoring. While tasty, the latter of the two will do nothing more than a can of carbonated water. Ginger candies are widely available as well, and may help to offset the work of the pregnancy hormones that contribute to that horrible, sick feeling. To prevent nausea, try a hard candy with natural ginger before getting out of bed or about thirty minutes before meals. If you're already feeling sick, gingerale might be more helpful in calming your stomach.

Stay Upright After Dinner

If you've noticed that you feel sick in the evenings, this may be due to the position in which you relax after dinner. Many women find that lying down causes their morning sickness (or all-day sickness, as some call it) to worsen. Pregnancy hormones cause the esophagus muscles to relax considerably, allowing excess acid to build up and rise higher than normal. Propping your upper body up on pillows may help prevent both heartburn, severe acid reflux that leads to chest pain, and the nausea associated with morning sickness.

Morning sickness does not necessarily have to be a daily, debilitating affliction. Though it is certainly, for some women, an unavoidable part of becoming a mom, there are definitely ways to lessen its impact on your life and your pregnancy.

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A well presented article; good flow.