Morning sickness is the common term used to describe the nausea and vomiting pregnant women experience during the first few months of pregnancy. Morning sickness affects 50% to 90% of pregnant women, and generally lessons until fully gone between 12 and 17 weeks.
Morning sickness is most common in the morning, but pregnant women are often bothered during the day and the evening as well. Luckily, there are some things you can do to lessen the discomfort of morning sickness.
Grandma's peppermint treatment is right on target. Peppermint is known to settle queasy stomachs whether you smell it, drink it, or suck on a piece of peppermint candy. Carry a few peppermint hard candies in your pocket when you leave home.
Another bit of advice that actually works is to eat crackers in the morning before you get out of bed. The trick here is to stick to bland crackers such as saltines. And, you don't have to eat many, just two or three will do the trick.
Mind Over Matter
Sometimes just some focused breathing exercises and sheer stubborn mental power will keep your breakfast where it belongs. This won't curb the nausea, but at least you won't be running for the nearest bathroom either!
Ginger has been proven to reduce morning sickness symptoms. You can drink a cup of ginger tea, use powdered or crystallized ginger, or take a ginger tablet to relieve nausea.
Quite possibly your prenatal vitamins may be causing, or making worse, your nausea. But before you head to the trash to dump them, try taking them later in the day- or more specifically, right before bed.
If you are experiencing any amount of morning sickness, you should discuss it with your doctor, so that he or she is aware, and can possibly help you find a solution to your problem.