Ask the Domestic Life Stylist: How to Fight Morning Sickness

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I just found out that I am 6 weeks pregnant with our first child and I am so excited. The only problem is, the accompanying nausea is pretty much unbearable. Whether I eat or drink the results are the same. Is there anything that I can do to make this nausea go away?

Teresa, California

Congratulations on your pregnancy Teresa. Although it doesn’t feel like it now, this is a very beautiful time in your life. Here are some quick tips to combat that morning sickness so that you can fully appreciate the beautiful season you are in.

How to Fight Morning Sickness

Eat Small Meals

I doubt that you even feel like eating right now but when you do, make sure that you eat smaller portions of food more frequently versus eating large amounts of food. Eating big portions are more likely to lead to feelings of upset stomach. It’s also a good idea to avoid spicy foods, as they are more likely to lead nausea and indigestion versus eating foods that are more bland.

Accupressure Band

Accupressure bands are drug free and are a safe alternative to fight the nausea that can come with pregnancy. They can be found at any local drug store.

Ginger

Pineapple ginger drink -cover photo300x313For many, ginger is an acquired taste. But this spicy root has natural anti-nausea properties that makes it a must-have for any expectant mom.

Try steeping peeled slices of ginger in hot water to make a tea or buy some ginger candies at your local pharmacy or candy shop. Not feeling up to buying the real thing? A glass of ginger ale does wonders.

The ginger in ginger snaps may even be enough to keep your nausea at bay. Another idea is to make this naturally refreshing Pineapple Ginger Cooler.

It’s made with just a few ingredients but it is oh so good.

Ice Pops

Some women get morning sickness that is so bad, that they even have problems drinking water. If this type of nausea rears its ugly head, use fruit flavored waters to make your own ice pops at home. You could also use fruit juice but be cautious due to added sugar. You may even opt to dilute the juice (50:50) to keep the sugar content in check.

Coconut Water

During my last pregnancy, I found that although I couldn’t tolerate water, coconut water was a life saver in keeping me hydrated. As a bonus, coconut water is rich in electrolytes which need to be replenished especially if you are not only nauseous but throwing up as well.

Crackers

Plain crackers like oyster and soda crackers are great at combating nausea. They are also small enough to slip into a bag or purse without taking up a lot of space. This makes them perfect for treating nausea on the go.

Consult your Doctor

Lastly, if you just can’t keep anything down, or are unable to eat or drink you definitely should contact your doctor. The nausea/vomiting may be more serious than you think. Don’t worry though, there are things that your medical team can do to get you back on the right track. Soon enough, your nausea will be just a memory and you will be holding a beautiful life in your arms. And you know what? There is nothing more beautiful than that.

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Lisa is a pharmacist turned fine living/travel writer & founder of The Domestic Life Stylist, following her passion for all things food, family and travel. Read more of her lifestyle tips on her blog, learn effective fine living strategies, family travel tips and expand your culinary horizons.



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1 Jem September 1, 2014 at 10:04 am

Sea bands worked for me. That and ice water!

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2 Lisa September 4, 2014 at 11:07 am

I couldn’t stomach too much water when I was pregnant. Everyone is different. You really have to see what works for you. Thanks for your insight.

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3 vickie couturier September 1, 2014 at 10:22 am

didn’t have this when I was pregnant,I used sprite and soda crackers

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4 Lisa September 4, 2014 at 11:19 am

Sprite does wonders. Crackers got me through the first trimester, for sure.

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5 anne September 1, 2014 at 8:41 pm

very helpful and practical information. Thanks.

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6 Anne Taylor September 1, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Great advice! I have a daughter going through morning sickness right now! I’m going to have her read this, thanks!

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7 Lisa September 4, 2014 at 11:32 am

I really hope these tips help. Thanks for reading Anne.

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8 Christina September 2, 2014 at 1:26 am

I found that eating frequently was key to combatting it, but I never have it very bad.

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9 Meagan bs September 2, 2014 at 10:33 am

i always ate crackers right before i got out of bed every morning, it helped but i was still sick most days. i will try some of these tips next time!

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10 Sonia September 3, 2014 at 7:26 pm

I didn’t have morning sickness. The coconut water is new to my knowledge.

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11 Lisa September 4, 2014 at 11:33 am

That is amazing. Consider yourself blessed.

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12 Jaclyn J September 4, 2014 at 12:07 am

I didn’t have morning sickness with either of my girls. But alway had ginger ale and crackers just incase.

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13 Lisa September 4, 2014 at 11:34 am

You’re right. It’s always best to be prepared because things can change so quickly.

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14 jessica eapen September 4, 2014 at 1:52 pm

great tips! coconut water is so readily available to find nowadays!

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15 DARLENE W September 12, 2014 at 1:20 am

With my boys I had it for 3 months and for my daughter, I threw up once

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16 Sindy Murray September 12, 2014 at 3:36 pm

I used to have ginger ale or sprite and crackers by my bed. It help a lot….

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17 Helga September 12, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Thanks, I will pass this on to my next friend who is pregnant.

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18 Emily Smith September 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm

I will pin this for some of my pregnant friends. I was lucky to not deal with morning sickness too much.

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19 deanna September 19, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Pineapple Ginger Cooler? That sounds delicious even without morning sickness. Thanks for the tips.

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