Ways To Feel Better!
There are things to help
Fortunately, the majority of mothers-to-be get off with relatively mild symptoms -- an inability to stomach high-fat or spicy foods or to tolerate strong odors such as brewing coffee or a friend's perfume -- rather than the out-and-out misery of daily, or more frequent, vomiting.
Women who are afflicted with severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy may have to turn to medications from their health care providers. Others, who are less severely affected, may be able to manage their symptoms by using one or more of the following techniques:
Eating more often
Most women find that their symptoms ease up if they keep their blood sugar relatively stable by eating smaller, more frequent meals and snacks. "I've found that I have to eat something every one to two hours," notes Janet Beaudry of Toronto, who is currently pregnant with her second child.
Choosing stomach-friendly foods. Denise Tiran, author of Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness and Other Pregnancy Ailments recommends rice cakes, tahini, whole wheat bread, green apples and natural whole yogurt, as well as chamomile, spearmint or ginger tea, while Beaudry is a big fan of high carbohydrate foods such as arrowroot cookies, rice and Cheerios.
Avoiding situations that trigger your nausea
It's wise to avoid exposure to strong cooking odors or becoming overheated as both situations tend to be problematic for women who are batting nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
Something as simple as strapping on a pair of anti-nausea wristbands (available at your local pharmacy or health food store) can make a world of difference, according to Tiran. The trick is to ensure that the bands are positioned properly: approximately three-quarters of an inch down each wrist and in between the two tendons in this area.
According to Tiran, citrus essential oils (orange, mandarin, lime, bergamot and grapefruit) are safe to use during pregnancy and can be effective at combating morning sickness. You can either add the essential oils to a carrier oil and toss them in your bath or put two drops on a cotton swab to sniff when you feel nauseous. Tiran notes that while peppermint, spearmint and ginger are also safe and effective, you don't want to go overboard with these stronger-smelling oils or they may actually make your nausea worse. Of course, the best remedy of all is the passage of time. Most -- but not all -- women find that their symptoms disappear as the first trimester draws to a close.
If you're feeling miserable in the meantime and are looking for some additional coping tips, you might want to call the Nausea and Vomiting Hotline at the Hospital for Sick Children for advice and information: 1-800-436-8477, or visit www.motherisk.org.