20 Relief Measures for Morning Sickness
By Aisha Al Hajjar, AMANI
NO one likes feeling nauseas. It’s even worse when you actually vomit. But as we all know, morning sickness and pregnancy often times go hand-in-hand. It’s just one of the many “joys” of expecting a baby.
Unfortunately, despite its name, morning sickness can occur at any time of the day or night. However, nausea is more likely to occur while the stomach is empty and thus often worse in the morning, hence the term, “morning” sickness.
Morning sickness occurs in over half to three-quarters of pregnant women. It may or may not be accompanied by vomiting. It can be triggered by a certain sights or smells. The root cause is not fully known, however, there is a theory that pregnancy hormones and lack of proper nutrition (low blood sugar) are to blame. Combine this with gastric overload from slowed metabolism of pregnancy and add in emotional factors and upset stomach prevails.
Half of the women who experience morning sickness are over it by 14 weeks and ninety percent by 22 weeks. Persistent and severe nausea and vomiting beyond the first trimester may indicate a serious condition called hyperemesis gravidarum and should be reported to your doctor.
Relief Measures to Try
Eat small meals throughout the day, rather than three large meals.
Eat dry crackers or toast before rising from bed in the morning.
Ensure fruit and protein in the diet.
Eat protein foods shortly after fruit or carbohydrates to stabilize blood sugar.
Eat a protein snack before going to bed and any time you awake in the night.
Do not brush your teeth immediately after eating.
Do not take vitamins or supplements on an empty stomach.
Consider short-term use of vitamin B6 (check with your doctor first).
Drink carbonated or sparkling juices or beverages, especially ginger ale (don’t overdo it).
Stay hydrated with plenty of water (iced or with lemon may help).
Avoid strong smelling and spicy foods and restrict grease and fats in the diet.
Avoid constipation with fluids and high fiber foods (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains).
Try acupressure wristbands.
Participate in moderate exercises to assist metabolism.
If dizziness occurs, lay back with a cool cloth over the eyes and forehead and breath deeply.
Take heart in knowing it is short lived and usually passes by the second trimester.
Get adequate rest on a firm mattress (avoid sleeping on a waterbed until nausea passes).
Ensure family members provide lots of loving support to ease your burdens and stress.
Try to avoid pharmaceuticals and consult your care provider before using any.
Consider herbal remedies, such as ginger root, which can be added to foods or taken in capsules or teas, or wild yam root tincture.
If the issue becomes unbearable or just doesn’t seem right to you, discuss it with your doctor to rule out any underlying illness or conditions. No one likes to feel sick, but remember that after every hardship comes ease and Allah (SWT) promises to expiate sins with every discomfort.
It was narrated in al-Saheehayn (the two trusted books of hadeeths) that the Prophet (SAWS) said, “No tiredness, exhaustion, worry, grief, distress, or harm befalls a believer in this world, not even a thorn that pricks him, but Allah expiates some of his sins thereby.”