‘Morning sickness’ can occur at any time of the day. The cause is unknown although it has been linked to changes in the levels of various hormones during pregnancy. It usually starts at about the sixth week of pregnancy and settles by about the fourteenth week.
As a mom and acupuncturist who have worked with many women through conception and pregnancy, I’ve found that there are some tips that may help relieve morning sickness symptoms.
1. Change eating patterns
If you’re suffering from morning sickness, sometimes the last thing you would like to do is eating. However, it is important that your body gets the vitamins and nutrients to keep you and your growing baby healthy. Try to avoid an empty stomach by eating small, frequent meals and eating as soon as you wake up. You should also try to eat at a slower pace than you normally would to avoid overeating, which may make you feel even worse.
2. Change diet
You may find it easier on your stomach to emphasize liquids over solids when morning sickness is at its worst. Get your nutrients from porridge, bouillon or vegetable soup. Stick to bland foods and choose the foods that are easier to digest, like Pasta, bread, potatoes and so on.
Ginger is popular in Chinese medicine, and noted for its tummy-taming properties. You can drink it in tea, or try ginger candy whenever you’re feeling queasy.
4. Drink lots of water
It’s extremely important that you stay hydrated, especially if you’re getting sick frequently. Sip water or tea throughout the day, using a straw if it helps. Don’t drink and eat at the same time. In other words, drink your fluids between meals, instead of during meals, to avoid too much bulk in the stomach.
5. Don’t sniff
Certain odors often trigger the feelings of nausea, so try to find out the scents that have that effect on you and avoid them as much as possible.
6. Get plenty of rest
Stress and tiredness can make pregnancy sickness worse. Make sure to get plenty of rest and relaxation when you can, which also help relieve fatigue.
Exercise may help alleviate symptoms. Walking half hour a day can help release endorphins to counteract the fatigue and nausea. Avoid strong exercise, especially during first trimester.
8. Try acupuncture
Studies have shown that acupuncture can help to significantly relieve morning sickness. Just make ensure that your chosen acupuncturist has experience treating morning sickness in pregnant women.
In Acu8 Health, morning sickness is commonly helped. Our experienced practitioners provide acupuncture to relieve the symptoms . For more information, please call 08 9387 3389.