Your pregnant! Yaay! Oh wait! Here comes the hurl. Morning sickness can be the most horrendous thing you go through as a new mom. We all want to know, how do you prevent morning sickness?
According to the American Pregnancy Association, over 50% of woman will experience some form of morning sickness during their pregnancy. So, you are not alone! This usually happens in the first trimester as early as 4-6 weeks.
When you’re going through, it you may feel like there is no relief. I have the perfect morning sickness remedy for your weak stomach. This night time routine got me through so many days of nausea and made me feel so much better in the morning. I felt like myself and I was able to enjoy the life growing inside my belly.
Here are a few of the many ways you can prevent morning sickness: Turn on a diffuser, take a warm bath, drink plenty of fluids, take your prenatal vitamins (at night), take other supplements, and get some rest.
Let’s explore these a little further shall we?
Please consult your doctor before trying any of these ideas as I am not a doctor, I’m a mom. So….. lets get into it!
Step 1- Turn On The Diffuser
That’s right! Essential oils are great for healing the body. After a long day, your soul will thank you for the sweet scents flowing through the air. You want to turn your diffuser on first so that the scent can fill the room while you are completing the rest of the steps in your routine. Essential oils have so many benefits that can be very helpful in giving sickness relief. Here are a few I use and their benefits.
- Clary Sage-Balance Hormones
- Thyme– Balance Hormones
- Lemon– Boost Immune System
- Eucalyptus– Boost Immune System
- Peppermint-Boosts Energy Levels
- Lavender– Reduces Stress
Step 2- Take a Shower or Bath
Wash off the day by hopping in the shower or a warm bath. Make sure the water is not too hot as that may be harmful or dehydrate your body. Try to relax and visualize yourself at the spa.
When your mind is calm it will allow your body to be calm. Use a body wash that will calm you. I love this body wash.
Squirt a little bit on your chest and rub it in. It will help you feel so relaxed. It is the perfect remedy to give you relief after a long hard day.
Remember you are strong and you can get through this!
Step 3- Eat Peanut Butter Crackers
This is a very important step. Peanut butter and crackers is one of the best snacks to keep your nausea at bay. The protein and carbohydrates will help balance your body and give you strength to make it through the day.
However, if you are vomiting often it is important to eat anything you can keep down as often as you can. Try to keep your body as nourished as possible. when I was pregnant I had a mini fridge and a drawer filled with snacks so I had food readily available when I wanted it.
Its also good to have food before taking your prenatals to settle your stomach from all of the vitamins in the pills. I know at times you may not feel like eating anything , but do not skip this step! If you are allergic to peanuts or want some alternatives, here you go.
Step 4- Drink Plenty of Water/ Fluids
Drink plenty of water! (Enjoy it before you have to pee every second).
Gatorade or other fluids with vitamins or electrolytes is great for replenishing your body after a day of activity. It is very easy to get dehydrate when you feel sick.
There are also great teas that help with morning sickness and will also help you have a good nights sleep. Here are some teas to try with you night routine.
- Pink Stork Morning Sickness Tea
- Earth Mama Organic
- Birds and Bees Teas ( This one has a wide variety of pregnancy teas)
Step 5- Take your Prenatal Vitamins
This is such a crucial step! If you don’t do any other step, this is the easiest one! Take your prenatals at night with a cup of water. There is a lot of iron in prenatal vitamins.
If you take it at night you will likely sleep through any discomfort you might have. It is also much better to take it with food which is why you should eat your crackers before taking your pill.
I used the Nature Made Prenatal+DHA and they were a God sent! My doctor recommended these prenatals and they are amazing! They have DHA for the baby’s brain development; who doesn’t want a baby genius?
They are kind of big but when I started taking these pills at night, I hardly had any morning sickness. This is one of the key factors to preventing morning sickness through out the day.
Most woman take their prenatals in the morning and if you have no morning sickness then keep doing what your doing. If you wake up feeling nauseous, this little trick could do wonders for you. You may also want to try a different brand if the brand your using doesn’t react well with your stomach.
There are so many different prenatal vitamins. Consult your doctor and try out different prenatals to see which one works for your body. They even have gummies!
Step 6- Take supplements
Your body needs replenishment especially if you have been vomiting all day. Vitamin B6 is a water- soluble vitamin that helps breakdown amino acids, fats, proteins, and carbs in your system. It has also been said to help prevent morning sickness! It can be taken in pill form or through foods high in B6 such as beans and legumes. Give it a try and see if you feel better the next day.
Step 7- Get Some Rest
I can’t make it anymore plain than that! Your body is going through a hell of a lot of changes. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep. I know as Millenni-Moms we have very hectic lives and we want to do everything for everyone. You have to do what is best for you and your baby.
You are here so you are making steps in the right direction. Listen to your body! If you want to lay in bed all evening, do it. Your body can’t function the way it needs to if it doesn’t have time to replenish through rest and relaxation.
If you follow all of these steps and stay consistent you are well on your way to preventing morning sickness and feeling like yourself again!
If there are other remedies you used to prevent morning sickness leave them in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!