A friend happily called me up just the other day. They’re expecting their first baby, and they’re clearly overjoyed with the news! I was totally happy for her! We gushed over the excitement and all that, then I asked her how she was doing. She admitted that she’d been have pregnancy nausea in the past weeks. “Would you know what I can do about the nausea? I’ve been having a hard time coping at work.”
Almost every mom-to-be is familiar with that queasy, churning sensation in the stomach. Nausea can be quite a bothersome feeling and is sure to make you stop in your tracks and look for the closest place to take a breath and close your eyes.
Nausea commonly occurs during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. In some women, it extends even until 18 weeks. More than half of pregnant women experience some degree of nausea, and in some cases can also lead to vomiting – read about it more in previous post about Vomiting in Pregnancy – How to Keep Morning Sickness Away.
Here are some Tips you can Follow to Help Ease Pregnancy Nausea:
Check your Diet and Eating Patterns
Take a look at your food and eating patterns. Eating delayed meals or not eating at all can make nausea worse. Try eating meals on time and snacking in between to avoid feeling hungry. Stay away from high-fat foods as well and choose those that have a good protein and carbohydrate content. You can also eat smaller meals more frequently. This will help keep hunger and nausea at bay.
Avoid things and Situations that Trigger Nausea
One of the best ways to prevent nausea is to avoid triggers. Certain odors, situations and activities can bring on a wave of queasiness that’s difficult to treat once it comes. Triggers may vary from women to women. Among the most common are strong odors, noise, heat and humidity, excessive physical activity, moving lights, staying in a moving vehicle, and spicy or high-fat foods.
Stay Away from Stress
Feeling too tired and overwhelmed can trigger bouts of nausea. Pace yourself accordingly and schedule activities so that you won’t feel too pressured. Know when to stop and rest, and set aside time for relaxation. Get enough sleep as well!
Essential Oils and Herbal Treatments
There are various remedies that are effective for some women. A whiff of certain essential oils like lemon, orange, ginger, mint and chamomile can help settle the awful queasiness. Taking herbal teas like ginger and lemon can help as well.
Medications may Help
If you’ve tried various treatments and still have pregnancy nausea, there are some medications that can help for nausea when you are pregnant. Meclizine and diphenhydramine, for example, are available without a prescription. Vitamin B6 and doxylamine in combination can also reduce this disorder. There are other medications as well that require a prescription.