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8 Tips & Tricks to Beat Morning Sickness

8 Tips & Tricks to Beat Morning Sickness

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. 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.”

What is morning sickness?

Morning sickness refers to the nausea and vomiting that many women experience during pregnancy. Despite its name, morning sickness can occur at any time of the day or night. It's most common in the first trimester of pregnancy but can continue into the second trimester or, for some women, last throughout the pregnancy. The exact cause of morning sickness isn't known, but it's likely related to the chemical changes in the body during pregnancy, including high levels of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), changes in estrogen levels, and an enhanced sense of smell causing sensitivity to odors.

Symptoms of morning sickness can range from mild to severe and may include:

  • A feeling of nausea, often when waking up in the morning
  • Nausea or vomiting triggered by certain smells or after eating certain foods
  • A general feeling of being unwell
While it can be quite uncomfortable, morning sickness is usually not harmful to the baby and is considered a normal part of a healthy pregnancy. However, in severe cases, where a woman can't keep food or fluids down, it can lead to a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. This can be harmful and requires medical attention. Because we’ve all been there, we know what helps when it comes to taming morning sickness. Below are seven tips to help you with morning sickness:
  1. Eat right

Avoid greasy, spicy, and fatty foods and increase the bland foods in your diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast (the BRAT diet).
  1. Snack often

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).
  1. Stay hydrated

Make sure to drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids. Water’s our favorite; squeeze a lemon or lime for more flavor.
  1. 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!
  1. Get outside

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 the baby).
  1. Try an acupressure bracelet

Acupressure wristbands to relieve nausea worked for some of our moms. You can pick them up at your neighborhood drugstore.
  1. 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 it under your nose.

Learn More

Find more pregnancy tips by reading our blog.

This site is intended for informational purposes only and does not provide medical advice. Please consult your physician or other health-care professional.

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