If you’re within your first few weeks of pregnancy you’ve probably already started experiencing early signs of morning sickness. As funny as it sounds morning sickness doesn’t just occur in the morning and can strike at any point throughout the day. Fun right?
Well I got some good news and some bad news. Good news is more than half of moms find that their morning sickness eases or disappears by the 2nd trimester. The bad news is there is a small percentage of women that experience some form of morning sickness throughout their entire pregnancy. I can hear you panicking! Don’t!
So What Causes Morning Sickness?
The fun little hormone that also gave you your first positive home pregnancy test is known as hCG. This hormone also increases exponentially over the course of the entire pregnancy to maintain the pregnancy. Like most pregnancy symptoms, hormones are also to blame for morning sickness. Estrogen is another early pregnancy hormone that case cause nausea.
If you’ve been feeling extra stressed at work or in your day to day this can also be contributing to your symptoms! So relax momma. Your body is doing all the work and baby is busy growing away.
Some women also experience a heightened sense of smell. You can imagine then how a foul smell can easily turn your stomach sour. During my pregnancy I did feel like I had a superwoman sense of smell, but luckily nothing really seemed to upset my stomach. My mother on the other hand reminisced to me about how the smell of microwave popcorn made her want to vomit. So you never know what may set your tummy off.
What Makes Someone Prone to Morning Sickness?
I’m sure you’ve heard of the old wives tale that says if you have morning sickness then you’re expecting a little girl. (You can read my post about How to Predict Your Baby’s Gender for more fun old wives tales.) Well that old wives tales is true about 55% of the time. Not much better than the usual 50-50 odds is it?
There are, however, a few things that make you more prone to morning sickness. For example, if you have experienced nausea as a side effect of taking birth control then you may be sensitive to increased levels of estrogen.
If the women in your family experienced nausea during their pregnancies then you may be more prone to experience it as well. Similarly, if you experienced morning sickness with a previous pregnancy you will most likely experience it again.
It is also more likely for mom’s of multiples to experience morning sickness. But don’t freak out about prospective twins just yet!
Morning Sickness Remedies
I’m sure by now you’re thinking, great I already know I have morning sickness, now what can I do about it besides waiting until the second trimester.
Below are some safe and natural remedies to try.
- Sea bands-not just for the sea!
These handy bands apply pressure to a common pressure point that can relieve nausea.
- Ginger or mint in your water.
Ginger and mint flavored hard candies may also help with nausea.
- Lemon water or lemon drops.
I personally drank cold water with lemons all day throughout my first trimester and really found it not only help take the edge off of the nausea, but made me drink more water throughout the day.
- Ask your doctor about taking a B-6 vitamin.
My doctor hands our B-6 vitamins in their OB welcome bag. While your prenatal already contains this vitamin, studies show this little vitamin can help relieve your nausea. *Always talk to your doctor first before taking any new or additional vitamins.
Probiotics can help your digestive system and can also help keep you regular. Both things you will want to do when you’re newly pregnant believe me!
- Eat small meals throughout the day.
A lot of times having an empty stomach can make your nausea worse. Avoid that by eating small meals throughout the day.
- Stay hydrated.
One way to get ahead of the nausea is by always keeping hydrated. Heck, you’re already peeing more anyways. If you have trouble drinking water regularly try infusing your water with some fruit.
- Mild exercise.
Even if you can just go on a 30 min walk a day, mild exercise can help relieve hormonal fluctuations, which are thought to be the main cause of nausea.
- Eat a few crackers before getting out of bed each morning and get up slowly.
I personally kept a Ziploc bag of oyster crackers in my nightstand and was sure to eat at least 3 mouthfuls until even entertaining the idea of getting up. Having something in your stomach before you get up will help tremendously to fight off that early morning wave of nausea.
- Avoid spicy, fried, rich, fatty, and greasy foods. Also avoid any caffeine or artificial sweeteners.
There are several kinds of food that can particularly irritate your tummy and you should try to avoid. Now you may also be experiencing cravings at this point and you shouldn’t ignore those either.
While morning sickness is no fun it is proof of the little miracle growing inside you. Just remember that this will pass and at the end of it all you will have your beautiful bundle of joy in your arms. So hang in there momma!
Know of any other morning sickness remedies? Let me know in the comments below.