Morning sickness is the result of increased amounts of estrogen and progesterone produced by the ovaries early in pregnancy. These increasing hormone levels cause the secretory cells in the stomach to increase their gastric juices. At the same time, the bowels slow down in the ability to empty the contents of the stomach - this causes a feeling of nausea and in some cases vomiting (as worded by papers my OB gave me).
While morning sickness sounds like something that happens only in the morning, it can really happen at ANY TIME - and while it typically occurs in the first trimester, it can actually last throughout pregnancy.
There are prescriptions that can help if your morning sickness is causing you hell. I used Zofram with all 3 of my previous children and all turned out normal.
If prescriptions aren't your thing and you are tired of puking … here are 7 tips to help prevent morning sickness naturally:
1. Eat bread or crackers before getting out of bed. Yep, keep some on your nightstand - shove them in your mouth.
2. Don't jump out of bed - get up slowly!
3. Have some yogurt, cottage cheese, juice or milk before you get up or go to bed. (This might be a good time to request breakfast in bed from your partner.)
4. Eat several small meals during your day. Don't let your stomach remain empty for too long.
6. Sea Bands: These wrist bands use acupressure to help relieve nausea and vomiting. You can get Sea Bands on Amazon.
7. Peppermint candies: Next time you are leaving a restaurant, grab a handful. The taste of peppermint eases some stomachs and helps relieve morning sickness.
What remedies for morning sickness have helped you?
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