Morning sickness in the early stage of pregnancy specifically the first trimester is a normal phenomenon. There is no need to worry if you are feeling nauseous the moment you wake up. There is no known cause of morning sickness but it may be due to the hormonal imbalance during pregnancy. Here are a few tips to avoid morning sickness:
1. Avoid triggers
Too much sugar intake, strong odors, stuffy rooms, heat and visual stimulus are just a few of the most common triggers for morning sickness. If you know what triggers your nausea and vomiting, stay away from it.
2. Changes in diet
You may have to modify your diet plan. Small frequent feeding is mainly advised. It is easier to digest food in small amounts. So, eat eight small meals in twenty four hours instead of three large meals in a day.
Stick with foods that you like, but stay away from too much sugar, fat, caffeine and spices as this irritates the stomach thus causing nausea and vomiting.
Also, never let your stomach be empty, when your stomach is empty, the acid is attacking its lining and this causes nausea. Leave small snacks on your bedside so when you wake up in the middle of the night, you can chew on something.
3. Stay away from stress
A stressful environment can lead to fatigue; fatigue is one of the triggers. So take a rest whenever you can. Generally, pregnant women need much more sleep in the first three months of pregnancy.
It may be essential to take a leave of absence from work because work can cause too much stress on your part.
You still have to watch out for hyperemesis gravidarum, it is a condition when nausea and vomiting still persists. You should contact your health care provider especially if you have lost 5% of your body weight because it might mean dehydration.