Morning Sickness Remedies

A humorous outlook on some of the myths, tried and true remedies, and symptoms of morning sickness during your pregnancy.

It's inevitable, you think you're soaring sickness free during your pregnancy and then it happens. You sit down for a nice meal with your partner and suddenly the thought of food makes you gag. Everything you once craved makes you cringe. Worse, if you actually smell anything you used to crave, you have to literally sprint for the closest bathroom. This unexpected turn of events will have you begging for a cure for your newfound distaste of anything edible.

You have probably found that the term "morning sickness" is just that, a term. A more appropriate term is "all day sickness." The nausea, vomiting and gagging can stay with you from the moment you wake up until the time you lie down for the night. The worst news of all is that you're all day sickness is not limited to your first trimester. It can last your entire pregnancy.

One of the most popular home remedies is nibbling soda crackers. This is fine if you are of the feathered species, but not so great for "green" mommies. Try it if you like, but you'll just end up covered in cracker crumbs, and still sick.

The second most popular home remedy is gingerale. This can actually work, if you like gingerale. If you do, then drink up, the worst that could happen is that your nausea would be topped off by a series of soda induced burps.

One of the nuttiest remedies can't exactly be labeled a remedy. It is more like an old wive's tale. When you wake up in the morning, climb over your partner to get out of the bed. Supposedly, your partner will be sick for the rest of the day, and you, by some miracle, will not. It couldn't hurt to give this a try, after all, the only bad thing that could come out of it is collapsing on your partner on the climb over.

So what actually works? Nothing is guaranteed, but it's a good idea to keep your meals small and to drink plenty of fluids. Smaller meals mean less in your stomach, and less to make you nauseated. Fluids are important, because the last thing you need is to be dehydrated. If all else fails, see your doctor. Your doctor can prescribe one of the few medicines that help to ease nausea, and they are safe to take during pregnancy.

The important thing to remember is that you keep your doctor up to date on how often you experience nausea, and how often you actually vomit. If the nausea is accompanied by severe dizziness or fever, consult with your doctor immediately. Dehydration is quite common during the first trimester and it is important to replenish those lost fluids.

The best advice for any newly "green" mommy is that whenever you go out, keep a mental map of where the closest bathroom is located. You never know when that chili dog you just had to have two hours earlier will send you running. Don't worry about puzzling other people around you with your mad dash through the mall. You'll probably find about ten other women dashing right behind you.

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