Pregnancy nausea, also known as morning sickness, affects about half of all pregnant women and far from being confined to the morning, can actually occur all day.
Here are 8 simple tips to help reduce the symptoms and manage nausea if and when it arises.
1. Keeping your blood sugar balanced
One of the most important steps you can take to reduce your nausea symptoms is to eat little and often. This will help to keep your blood sugar levels stable which will support hormone balance. Eating the right kinds of foods will also help, so include healthy proteins and fats.
It can be a challenge to get enough of the necessary nutrients during pregnancy but these nutrients can help to mitigate morning sickness and support your recovery.
3. Getting enough Vitamin B6
will support hormonal balance while helping to regulate your blood glucose. Eat foods containing vitamin B6 such as biodynamic turkey, chicken and beef, avocado, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.
4. Sipping fresh ginger tea
Ginger can be very useful to reduce the feeling of nausea. Grate fresh ginger into hot water and leave to infuse for 3 minutes before sipping.
5. Taking Apple cider vinegar
A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in 250ml of hot water can also be very helpful. Ensure you use organic apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’.
6. Avoiding dehydration
Drinking enough is a challenge when you’re either feeling or being sick. Try your best to maintain your fluids by regularly sipping water, herbal and ginger teas. A useful tip is to consume a variety of seasonal soups as this will help your nutrient intake while increasing your fluids.
7. Food sensitivities
If you know you are sensitive to certain foods, this is certainly not the time to be eating them. Remember what worked for you prior to pregnancy and try to implement this if it helps to ease your symptoms.
8. Before your feet hit the floor
Always keep some food by your bed such as some oatcakes, which can be eaten before you get out of bed in the morning. This can help to reduce the morning nausea by supporting your blood sugar.