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The 3 Ways I Conquered Morning Sickness

Updated: Mar 21, 2019

One of the first things I did, when I found out I am pregnant, I looked in the due date countdown apps. I ended up using Ovia Pregnancy Tracker: Baby Due Date Countdown (check it out if you are looking for one on Google Play or iTunes). While I feel it is more oriented to the moms-to-be in the United States, I found so many useful tips since day one.

One of the best advice I was given – how to cope with morning sickness. Books and articles on pregnancy, not even talking about the movies, are so quick to tell mom-to-be that morning sickness is a normal change in a healthy pregnancy. While it is believed that more than half of pregnant women have nausea and vomiting, especially during the first trimester, I was ready to try almost anything to see if there is something I can do to be one of those women who is not throwing up during the pregnancy.

Take a look at the tips that help me to cope. It might work for you too. Share your number one tip that helped you conquered morning sickness. What do you regret of not trying out?

TIP 1: Eat little and often

The times when I had an empty stomach, I felt like I had a huge hole, esp. when I just woke up. It seemed I was getting weaker and weaker by a minute. So, one of the tips by Ovia Pregnancy I tried, was eating little and often, because it can help keep the sugar levels. So, I kept bland snacks handy for nibbling on throughout the day. That was especially relevant when waking up. Getting straight out of bed on an empty stomach can result in you rushing to the bathroom. So, I would take my time to have a snack in bed and eat it slowly before getting up. Working in a high pace environment is also a challenge. Therefore, I often needed to recharge my batteries and keep my stomach busy.

My favorite snacks were: pomegranates, grapes, apples, pears, blackberries, blueberries, almonds, kiwi, bananas, etc. Actually, I still have them lying around to fight my mid-second trimester cravings at night.

Keeping the Fluids up

As a mom-to-be, I was told it’s essential to be doubly sure that you're drinking enough water. Staying hydrated is important during pregnancy to help the body to ship to fetus all that good stuff in the prenatal vitamins and healthy foods that we’re faithfully consuming every day. As we all learned during the science classes, it all starts with water, which helps our bodies to absorb essential nutrients into the cells and transports vitamins, minerals, and hormones to the blood cells. Whether you’re pregnant or not, our bodies need water to function properly. However, drinking water during pregnancy becomes twice as important and critical to our personal health and new bundle of joy of ours.

I was also assured, water can also help keep the aches and growing pains associated with being pregnant at bay because it helps prevent dehydration—a primary contributor to the headaches, cramping, and dizziness we may experience during pregnancy. I also believe, drinking plenty of water between meals also enabled me to stay away from morning sickness.

Getting Plenty of Rest

The other advice I indeed followed religiously, was taking care of myself and getting plenty of rest. Stress and tiredness can make pregnancy sickness worse. Since I worked late afternoons and nights in fast pace environment, I thought it was essential. I knew there were several things I had to work on to achieve it.

Similar to the advice that a pregnant woman should be "eating for two," my mom emphasized the importance of "sleeping for two." While I am not a sleeper, from the point when I found out I was pregnant forward, I started to work on establishing my eight to nine hours sleeping regime. It took a while, but I finally accomplished it. I also took short naps just before heading to work for 6 – 8 hours shifts. Indeed, soon I noticed it helped me to feel less and not as fast exhausted during the day, be less irritable for ridiculous things that usually bother me.

In addition to this, I also had to work on enhancing my peace of mind to reduce stress and improve my concentration on the things that really matter. I do not practice “conventional” meditation but focusing on positive thoughts and future with our little angel helped me cope with emotional and physical challenges. Talking about my anxieties and worries to my hubby also enabled me to foster peace of mind, relaxation, and re-centering. While I have no problem with making decisions generally, I continuously assure myself that when it’s time to make decisions, I can make the right choice. Therefore, I started to educate myself on the things that I do not feel 100% sure. The more informed I thought I am, the more empowered and relaxed I feel.

While there is some-what a stereotype, for Norwegians doctors being cold, and purely professional-like people, my husband and I are very happy with our doctor. While she seems to be relatively young, we feel she is a very professional and compassionate person, who provides individualized care and with whom we are forming a solid bond of trust.

All in all, I focused on creating space and making myself emotionally healthy. Prioritizing the inner preparation became as important as planning the external details of pregnancy. I consciously tried to avoid over-scheduling myself for overtime and long, exhausting shifts at work. I focused on finding a quiet time, which allows me to pay attention, plan, hydrate, and rest, which, I was told, decreases risks for preterm contractions, improves swelling, helps me to enter childbirth energized, and provide my baby with cues of safety and calmness as she/he prepares to enter the world.

The first semester passed without obvious symptoms that my husband and I often had to remind ourselves that we are parents-to-be. If you have decided to try these tips, hopefully, you found them helpful too.

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