The gift you get at the end of pregnancy is great, but often the lead-up to meeting your baby is wrought with sickness, which for some women last beyond the third month.
Morning sickness for some women doesn't only strike in the mornings, many are sick all day, and a few right throughout their pregnancies. For most, the nausea, headaches and general ill feeling end by week 12 when the body would have got used to the foetus.
Until then, if you're experiencing morning sickness, there are some things you can do which may help.
1. Consume more ginger. Ginger is very good at aiding digestion and has also been found to assist in eliminating nausea. It can be used to make tea, can be grated and added to fruit smoothies, or it can be blended and added to a variety of dishes. You can also drink ginger ale.
2. Drink a lot of water. It's important that you are always hydrated, and one way to guarantee this is to always have water on hand. This is especially important if you vomit a lot, as this means that you would have lost some fluids.
3. Have crackers nearby. These are great during the mornings and late at nights when you are feeling nauseous. Some medical experts are of the view that a few saltine crackers before rushing out of bed can help to settle your stomach. They say they help to soak up acid that has accumulated throughout the night, and in this regard would help to curtail the feeling of wanting to throw up.
3. Try lemon drops. Lemon and mint-flavoured drinks, teas and sweets are great for morning sickness because they help to soothe the stomach. The citrus taste and scent of lemon have a natural calming effect that would not impact your baby.
4. Avoid too much spices. Try as much as possible to avoid fried, overly seasoned or acidic foods as they can be rough on your digestive tract. Select foods that are bland in taste, such as bananas, toast and yoghurt.
5. Re-position yourself. You should always strive to stay in an upright position after eating as this will help to prevent heartburn.
6. Keep small snacks near. It's important that you never keep your stomach empty, even if you do not have much of an appetite. Try to have small meals throughout the day and snack on healthy foods such as fruits and almonds.
7. Take your vitamins. Research has shown that vitamin B-6 helps with easing morning sickness.