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Morning Sickness Hacks

July 4, 2024

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The phrase “morning sickness” can be a bit of a misnomer. This queasiness and nausea can strike at any time of day, leaving many pregnant women feeling worse for wear. While it’s a common pregnancy woe, it doesn’t have to rule your first trimester. Here’s the lowdown on morning sickness, along with some clever hacks to help you manage it:

Understanding Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is thought to be caused by hormonal fluctuations, particularly a rise in human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in early pregnancy. This hormone helps the fertilised egg implant in the uterus and support the developing baby, but it can also wreak havoc on your digestive system.

Soothing the Symptoms

There’s no one-size-fits-all cure, but these hacks can offer some relief:

Food is your friend (sometimes)

An empty stomach can worsen nausea. Opt for small, frequent meals and snacks throughout the day. Bland foods like crackers, toast, or bananas might be easier to keep down.

Hydration is key

Dehydration can exacerbate nausea. Sip on water or clear fluids throughout the day, even if it’s just a few sips at a time. Lemon water or ginger tea can also be calming.

Ginger power

Ginger is a natural nausea fighter. Try ginger tea, sucking on ginger candies, or adding a touch of grated ginger to smoothies.


Acupoints like the P6 point located on the inner wrist can offer relief. Apply gentle pressure for a few minutes to see if it helps.

Smell is a double-edged sword

Certain smells can trigger nausea, while others can be soothing. Identify your triggers and avoid them. Peppermint or lavender scents might be calming for some.

Fresh air, fresh start

Getting some fresh air can help settle your stomach. Open windows or take a short walk outside when you’re feeling queasy.

Rest and relaxation

Fatigue can worsen nausea. Prioritize sleep and listen to your body’s need for rest.

Bonus Hacks

  • Preggy pops:

    Ice pops or frozen fruit can be a refreshing and hydrating way to combat nausea.

  • Snack stash:

    Keep crackers or other easy-to-digest snacks by your bed for those pre-dawn waves of nausea.

  • Vitamin B6:

    Studies suggest vitamin B6 can help alleviate nausea. Talk to your doctor about the right dosage for you.


Listen to your body

If certain foods or activities trigger nausea, avoid them.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help:

Your doctor can offer guidance and medication if needed.

Morning sickness is temporary:

This unpleasant phase usually subsides by the second trimester.

By incorporating these hacks and listening to your body, you can navigate morning sickness and reclaim your first trimester. Remember, a healthy and happy mum is the foundation for a happy and healthy pregnancy!

Read more pregnancy articles here.


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