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“Morning sickness” affects about 3/4 of pregnant women during the first trimester. About 1/2 of all pregnant women suffer from both nausea and vomiting, 1/4 has nausea alone, and 1/4 lucks out altogether. The nausea usually starts around 6 weeks of pregnancy, but it can begin as early as 4 weeks.

Although morning sickness is common, and most likely won’t last longer than a few months, don’t be fooled – it is a serious challenge for many women. Even a mild case of nausea can wear you down! Use these tips to help keep “morning sickness” to its minimum.

1. Eat Tiny Meals
Eating tiny meals throughout the day — aka not skipping meals — is important to keeping your morning sickness to a minimum. Try to stick to simple foods such as chicken soup and crackers that somewhat bland foods that are easy to digest. Also make sure to drink plenty of water in between meals to prevent dehydration and to make sure your stomach stays full. If you throw up daily or start to lose weight, be sure to talk to your doc.

2. Aromatherapy?
Many products can help minimize nausea. The scent of citrus or mint can be awesome at curbing morning sickness as well as calming your overactive sense of smell.

3. Ginger baby!
Since a lot of over-the-counter nausea medications are unsafe to take while pregnant, you should try good ‘ole Mother Nature. Try everything from ginger tea to ginger snaps and ginger ale to ease your morning sickness. Ginger has been used throughout history to help calm nausea and morning sickness, and it works wonders!

4. Avoid the heat!
Being in warm places and feeling hot can make nausea way worse. The air conditioner can be your friend and try to stick to cool places in the summer. In the winter, step outside and get some fresh, cool air.

5. Get some Zzz’s
Sleep cures everything. In general, the more rest you get, the better you’re going to feel.

6. Sea band?
The symptoms of morning sickness can be extremely similar to those of seasickness, and it is commonly found that those with motion sickness prior to pregnancy tend to experience “morning sickness.” The Sea-Band uses acupressure to hit pressure points in your wrist that affect feelings of nausea and dizziness. Just consider it a pregnancy accessory!

7. Prenatal vitamins
Some women feel their prenatal vitamins make morning sickness much worse because many are not organic or not food-based. If this is the case, talk to your doctor about alternatives to the traditional types of prenatal vitamins for the first trimester. Also, it can help if you take them at nighttime versus first thing in the morning because you will have had a full stomach during the day.

8. The Family Tree
Medical studies have shown that if the women in your family had severe morning sickness, you will too. This goes for your maternal and paternal relatives, so start asking around and try what worked for them.


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