Pregnancy is an amazing time, but the first trimester can be challenging for many women. Nausea and vomiting are very common during the beginning of a pregnancy, which can make a woman feel very uncomfortable. While this condition is commonly called morning sickness, some women may experience queasiness and vomiting all day long. If you are newly pregnant, use the following tips to help you deal with morning sickness:
Eat Something Before Getting Out of Bed
While morning sickness can actually strike any time of day, is is commonly strongest when a woman first wakes up. You can combat the nausea by consuming some food before you get out of bed. You don't have to eat a lot, but try keeping some crackers or other easy to eat snack on your nightstand, and eat a handful before getting up for the day.
Take Prenatal Vitamins with a Meal
Prenatal vitamins are packed with compounds that will help keep you healthy during your pregnancy and also assist in your growing child's development. But many women report that their prenatal vitamins upset their stomach and exacerbate their morning sickness in the first trimester. You don't want to cease taking your prenatal vitamins, but if they make you not feel well, try taking them with the largest meal that you eat each day. When your stomach is full, it is more likely that you will be able to better tolerate taking your prenatal vitamin without getting sick.
Avoid Strong Smells
A lot of pregnant women say that their sense of smell is much stronger during pregnancy, and strong smells are considered by many to be a major trigger for morning sickness. If possible, do whatever you can to avoid pungent odors. Every woman is different, so one smell may bother someone while it doesn't bother another person; but as your pregnancy progresses you are likely to recognize which smells are particularly offensive to you. Some women find that sniffing essential oils, such as lemon oil or lavender oil, can help alleviate nausea caused by strong smells.
Consider Grazing Instead of Eating Large Meals
When you're feeling nauseous, eating a large meal probably won't sound appealing. But during the early weeks of your pregnancy it is important to consume healthy foods and get enough calories, so consider grazing throughout the day to keep something in your stomach and maintain stable blood sugar levels. Eating several small meals and having snacks can make it easier to eat enough when you don't feel your best.