One of the first signs that a woman will experience in her pregnancy is morning sickness. The signs of morning sickness are nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches and body aches. If a woman has missed a period and is experiencing these symptoms it is important for her to schedule a meeting with her doctor in order to test for pregnancy. The sooner a pregnancy is diagnosed the better for the health care of mother and child. A woman may experience no morning sickness but this is a rare occurrence.
Many home remedies are as effective today as they were over a hundred years ago in battling morning sickness. A proven remedy is chewing on fresh ginger root or if you can't find ginger root nibbling on candied ginger or eating ginger snaps can help alleviate nausea. Crackers are another tried and true remedy. Saltines or soda crackers are great to nibble on and are also very portable if you need to have them at your desk at work. Some women swear by the small cheese crackers as well. Try a variety of crackers to find out which work best for you.
There are also several items that you will find in your local drug store that may help as well. Sea bands are a popular way to help alleviate nausea. These little bracelets have small plastic balls on the inside of them that when placed over the pressure points on the inside of your wrist and pressed on can help you avoid being sick. Sea bands come in a variety of sizes and colors and are an inexpensive way to help you cope with morning sickness. They can also be used to combat carsickness as well.
Some things that a woman can do daily to help her cope with morning sickness include eating a high protein diet with plenty of complex carbohydrates. Both of these types of food will help decrease nausea as well as help a woman support her growing baby. It is also very important to drink plenty of fluids such as water, sports drinks with added vitamins, and low acid fruit drinks. Women with morning sickness should also be sure to take their vitamin supplement when they are feeling the least queasy, usually at bedtime.
If smells seem to bring on dizziness and nausea avoid those types of foods entirely and request that your family does so as well when you are around. Foods that tend to make pregnant women nauseous include onions, sausage, bacon and fish or shellfish. Since women are different some foods that seem innocuous may make one person sick such as cooked broccoli or cauliflower and not affect another. Certain scents can also bring on nausea such as laundry detergent, scented candles, potpourri or car fresheners. Eliminate candles and potpourri from your home and car fresheners from your car during your first trimester and have a spouse do the laundry if the detergent sends you running to the bathroom.
It is important to eat frequently when you are experiencing pregnancy morning sickness. Several small meals spread throughout the day may help you fend off the queasiness. If you are unable to do this at work try keeping small bags of dried fruits, whole grain crackers or nuts at your desk to nibble on. When your stomach becomes totally empty it may trigger your nausea because the acids in your stomach start irritating the stomach lining.
One final way to help combat your morning sickness is to get plenty or rest and minimize stress. Morning sickness is more prevalent in women who are under a great deal of stress either at home or at work. Fatigue can make morning sickness worse so be sure to rest and lie down on the couch when you feel worn out at home. When you are at work take a rest in the lounge or retreat to your car during your lunch hour and recline in your car seat. The good news is that morning sickness rarely lasts past the third month of your pregnancy. Hang in there and you'll be past this pregnancy hurdle in no time.