If morning sickness magically stopped at noon, it would be so much easier to deal with. Instead, it turns into afternoon sickness, evening sickness and I-can’t-remember-when-I-didn’t-feel-sick sickness. To help you get through the day, here are 9 proven remedies that can help.
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Load Up on Magnesium
Pregnancy hormones can block your absorption of magnesium, which may increase nausea and discomfort. Talk to your health care provider about taking a magnesium supplement or applying magnesium oil (steer clear of brands containing mercury). You can also soak in a warm epsom salt bath. Epsom salts are actually magnesium sulfate, and bathing in them can ease aches and pains as well as giving you some magnesium benefits.
Eat small quantities of food often to regulate your blood sugar. Carry any foods you can stomach: crackers, a banana or some dry cereal. Take a nibble every hour or so to keep something in your stomach at all times.
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Get Fresh Air
The couch may seem like your best friend, but you’ll feel better if you get yourself moving. You may find that just getting outside to breathe in fresh air helps your queasiness subside, and taking a walk can take your mind off your belly.
Eat More Ginger
Ginger can ease nausea for some lucky ladies. Look for real ginger ale (look for ginger as an ingredient), ginger chews and ginger tea that you can sip or suck on throughout the day.
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Eat Foods Rich in B6 & B12
B6 is supposed to ease nausea, while B12 is helpful against vomiting. Foods containing B6 include chicken, turkey, beef, salmon, pork, tuna, bell peppers, spinach, sunflower seeds, cashews and lentils. Foods that contain B12 include sardines, salmon, venison, lamb, beef, shrimp, scallops, yogurt and raw milk. If you choose to use supplements instead, talk to your doctor about dosage first.
Or, try lollipops! Preggie Pops are lollipops made specifically for pregnant mamas, and they’re fortified with B6 and B12.
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Eat Lots of Protein
Meat, fish and eggs all contain vitamins, fats and proteins that are vital to your pregnancy and can also help you feel less nauseated. Go for lean proteins as fried, greasy foods can be difficult for your body to digest, which could add to your discomfort.
Eat Before Getting Out of Bed
Stabilize your blood sugar before you get going for the day by keeping snacks at your bedside table to nibble on before you get out of bed. This can stave off nausea before it starts. Good snack options include apples, bananas, dry cereal, crackers or nuts.
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Try an Anti-Nausea Gadget
Check out this wearable gadget called the Reliefband that gives mamas with nausea some relief using gentle electrical pulses. There are also bands you can buy at most drugstores called Sea-Bands. They’re worn on the wrist and press on a pressure point that is said to stop nausea.
Talk to Your Doctor
If you’ve tried all of the above and are still struggling to get through your day, talk to your doctor. There are prescription medications that can ease severe morning sickness that doesn’t respond to other treatments. You don’t have to spend your first trimester (or longer) running to the bathroom or feeling too ill to get out of bed.
What remedies have you tried to fight morning sickness?