Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pregnancy Vomiting and Nausea - 7 Tips to Help You Cope

Pregnancy often leads to unpleasant vomiting and nausea. In fact, morning sickness seems to be almost inevitable and unavoidable. It is estimated that nearly 85% of all women suffer from pregnancy vomiting and nausea at some point of their amazing nine months. Problems normally start around the second month and are likely to last for at least another two to three months after that. So while there will be some that totally escape the feelings of morning sickness, chances are that you should expect it and then have to deal with it. So here are seven simple suggestions for how you can treat your pregnancy vomiting and nausea:

  1. You need to pay more attention to your diet and liquid intake. It is vital that you stay hydrated at all times so you need to be drinking water regularly as part of your normal routine. Eight glasses of water per day is recommended for the average person and this should be increased to around twelve glasses when you are pregnant. I know this sounds like a lot but it isn't such an issue if you just try to take regular sips of water throughout the day. Make sure that you don't try to drink too much in one go and also avoid drinking with, or close to, your meal.

  2. If you are vomiting regularly, you need to be very aware of your hydration levels to ensure that you cover for the loss of fluids. You do not have to be overly concerned about this, providing that you can keep down some level of water and food when you are feeling a little better. If you can't keep anything in your system for long, you may need to get proper medical attention to ensure that the situation does not get serious.

  3. While you need to be aware of your food intake, you should also feel like you have some flexibility to eat what you want and what you really feel like. If you get a craving for a particular food then go for it - just make sure not to overdo it.

  4. There are certain foods that can help to relieve the feelings of nausea and queasiness. These include salty foods (like chips or pretzels), as well as earthy foods (brown rice or peanut butter), and bland foods (broth or potatoes). Ginger is well known as a substance that can soothe upset stomachs so consider food or liquid options that incorporate it. Examples include ginger ale, herbal tea, candies, and ginger powder.

  5. Getting plenty of rest is a simple but sound solution to help reduce the symptoms of morning sickness. Try to get a solid night of sleep and also take a nap now and again during the day if you feel that you need it. It has been proven that women need to have more sleep during the initial three months of pregnancy and also that nausea will increase if you are tired.

  6. Fresh air is your friend. Avoid stuffy or hot rooms as they can impact on your nausea. You may also want to avoid the kitchen at certain times as it can get hot and also full of strong odors.

  7. Call on the help of friends and family if you feel like you need to at any time. It is important to have support when you might be feeling unwell or even if you just want some advice. Most people will be keen to help in any way they can, so don't be afraid to take advantage of it.

While pregnancy vomiting and nausea is clearly a negative to expecting a baby, the whole experience will ultimately seem like a minor inconvenience compared to the joy you will eventually experience with your new baby.

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