John Bailey here from Hunter Women’s Health Centre.
One of the most common symptoms of pregnancy is morning sickness, so today I want to give you some of my top tips for curing your morning sickness, naturally!
You see, nausea during the first trimester of pregnancy is totally normal and many women experience it. This horrible feeling is known as morning sickness and the discomfort usually strikes when you first wake up however it can actually occur at any time of the day.
I understand how much discomfort morning sickness can cause you and that’s why today I want to help you, and give you some natural ways to make your pregnancy a little bit easier.
My first tip is to drink lemon
Squeezing some lemon juice into a glass of water can really help with nausea. For some women, they find the signature sweet smell of lemon enough to ease an upset tummy, while others find comfort in its tart and sour flavor.
Secondly, make sure you are hydrated
Keeping up your fluids is extremely important. It is vital, especially if you have already vomited, that you rehydrate yourself, as the likelihood of dehydration is much greater when you’re pregnant.
Most women find room temperature or warm beverages easier to swallow than an icy drink. Some of the best stomach soothing drinks can include citrus soft drinks, tea, soda water and ginger ale. Try to avoid any beverages high in acidity and caffeine as they can promote further stomach aches.
My next tip is to go for a walk
Sometimes, all you need to do is go outside, take a few deep breaths and go for a short walk. It can really calm your nerves as stress can make your morning sickness worse so reducing your stress levels can really sooth your stomach.
Change a few things up!
By changing a few things during your day, you might make tomorrow mornings wake up easier! Things like eating plain toast or Saltine crackers 15 minutes after waking up can ward off morning sickness.
Also eating smaller portions throughout the day can help, as an empty stomach is more likely to become upset. Also try getting someone else to cook and prepare your food (always a plus), it can really help you avoid morning sickness. The kitchen can easily become a hot and stuffy place, which can aggravate nausea.
Finally, know when to see your doctor
Whilst morning sickness is a normal symptom of pregnancy, a small percentage of women can experience hyperemesis gravidarum or persistent vomiting and nausea that can lead to becoming dehydrated and weight loss.
Warning signs can include headaches, confusion, decreased urination, and more. The inability to keep any food down can be harmful to both mother and child.
I have these warning signs… What do I do now?!
If you experience these symptoms, especially if you were underweight before pregnancy, you should seek medical attention. You can always call our clinic on (02) 4959-3883 and speak to one of our staff who can direct you on what to do in your individual situation.
That’s all from me today!