As moms, we know first-hand how miserable pregnancy morning sickness can be, especially when you want nothing more than to be enjoying every day of this amazing ride. And it may make you feel a bit better to know you’re not alone: Research shows that approximately 70% of pregnant women experience morning sickness, or what’s officially known as “early onset nausea.”
Because we’ve all been there, we know what helps when it comes to taming morning sickness.
Avoid greasy, spicy and fatty foods and increase the bland foods in your diet: bananas, rice, applesauce and toast (the BRAT diet).
Finally, you have permission to graze! Keep some saltines by your bedside to eat before getting out of bed in the morning. Then nibble throughout the day—it keeps you from eating too much at mealtimes and keeps something in your stomach (an empty stomach may make nausea worse).
Make sure to drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids. Water’s our favorite; squeeze a lemon or lime for more flavor.
Ginger to the rescue
Ginger root has been shown to help decrease nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Try ginger tea, ginger chews, ginger preserves, or ginger ale made with the real thing. Our Prenatal Multivitamin + Probiotics is formulated with ginger and prebiotics for just this reason!
Fresh air does wonders for nausea. Open the windows if the weather allows it. Even better: go outside for a walk (the exercise is good for you and for baby).
Try an acupressure bracelet
Acupressure wristbands to relieve nausea worked for some of our moms. You can pick them up at your neighborhood drug store.
Breathe in aromatherapy
While some smells make nausea worse (bacon and pizza, we’re looking at you), lots of our moms had luck with using aromatherapy. Just put a few drops of pure essential oils—mint, lemon, or orange—on a cotton ball and wave under your nose.