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Tips to Alleviate Morning Sickness

by | January 29, 2019

Morning sickness may be one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. It usually begins in the first trimester at around six weeks, and for a lot of women, it starts to subside at about fourteen weeks. If you feel nauseous during pregnancy, it can affect all areas of your life.

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The American Pregnancy Association says that more than half of pregnant women will experience some form of nausea during their pregnancy. The name “morning sickness” can be a little misleading though, as nausea and vomiting can occur at any time of the day or night.

For some pregnant women, this nauseous feeling can last well into the pregnancy, up to twenty weeks, while it can last throughout an entire pregnancy for others. Severe nausea and vomiting can lead to dehydration and brief hospitalizations, this is known as hyperemesis gravidarum.

Fortunately for most women suffering from morning sickness, nausea and vomiting will subside when they enter the second trimester. Although there isn’t any one size fits all cure, there are a few things that you can try to ease the symptoms.

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Tips to Alleviate Morning Sickness

If you have morning sickness, you can try the following options to see what works for you:

  • eating several small meals throughout the day
  • drinking a lot of water in small amounts
  • chewing on candied ginger or peppermint
  • take your prenatal vitamins at a specific time
  • eating crackers
  • getting more rest

I had morning sickness during all three of my pregnancies. The first two, it stopped right on cue on the first day of my fourteenth week. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was nauseous all day, every day, for a solid nine months. Personally, what worked for me wasn’t anything I’ve read in a pregnancy book. This was something that was suggested to me by my grandmother who’d had eight children of her own. She suggested smelling citrus fruit when I felt nauseous, specifically lemons. It worked like a charm for me. I walked around for months with lemons in my purse, and I’m sure people were looking at me funny every time I plucked one out and started sniffing it.

Did you have morning sickness during pregnancy? What remedies did you try, and what actually helped? Let us know in the comments below.

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