Sometimes morning sickness happens. It can happen morning, noon, or night. Most people say that there’s nothing you can do for it, but I have a few things you can try if you’re still sick come your big day. What have you got to lose?
Try these things:
Snack (healthily) all day long: This is the one that worked for me. I found that I got sick about 3-4 hours after I went to sleep. I found myself up in the middle of the night ravaging the pantry and fridge for the easiest solution which was usually salty pretzels or a bowl of sugary cereal. I needed to change my ways so I started to be proactive. I ate 3 fairly light meals a day and snacked at least once in between. I kept unsalted almonds, string cheese, frozen pre-cooked turkey sausage, dried berries, oatmeal, and wheat flakes with low fat milk to have between meals. It also helped me to have them easy to grab in pre-measured baggies and containers.
Stay hydrated: Keeping hydrated is essential for a healthy pregnancy, but it can also keep you from feeling yucky. Try to set a goal for your water intake each day and try to finish a glass of water before each meal or snack. Don’t forget to use the bathroom frequently to avoid bladder infections.
Don’t drink during meals: I’m not really sure why this works, but my sister and several of my girlfriends swear to it. They say that the fluid can mix up the stomach contents and cause an uneasy feeling. They suggest drinking before and after meals, but trying to drink as little as possible with food.
Stay calm and comfortable: Stress causes your body to do some crazy things when your pregnant, so just listen to your body and keep it happy. Try and avoid stressful situations and confrontations, and keep your mind busy with positive tasks. Take time to relax and do something that you love. It’s just as important to keep your mind healthy as it is to keep your body healthy.
Peppermint (essential oils and hard candy): Peppermint is a natural soother. The smell and taste can calm even the most upset of stomachs. Keep peppermints in your purse. The old fashioned round ones, not the strong, overwhelming kind. Essential oils can be used in all different ways. You can use them for aromatherapy, bath oils, body and home sprays, and even in food and drinks. Try them in different ways and figure out if they can help soothe your upset stomach. If one way doesn’t work, don’t give up. Try them all because if it works, it is a safe, cheap, and easy way to cure your “morning” sickness.