Morning sickness is the most common symptom experienced by the women in their early pregnancy. Around 70-80% women experience them. It’s usually one of the first signs of pregnancy apart from breast soreness and extreme fatigue. Even though morning sickness is completely harmless and normal, it can be a tad difficult to handle and deal especially if you are working. Therefore, we have come up with a list of hacks to manage morning sickness at work.
Acupressure point that helps with nausea is called the “inner gate “. It’s located approximately. 2 1/2 finger widths from your wrist up your arm, between the two arm bones. You need to press hard on the tendons , but closer to the thumb side of your arm. Do this for at least one-two minutes at a time. This is the same point that the “sea sickness bands” that are sold in the store’s targets and stimulates. Therefore, it works just as good for morning sickness.
Keep Track of When/What Triggers your Morning Sickness
Morning Sickness generally doesn’t happen in the morning. Don’t let the name mislead you. Many women experience morning sickness at the same time of the day everyday. Yes, it comes as a schedule in many cases. Tracking down this schedule and also making sure, to keep away all the food/scent which can trigger your nausea is a good option to avoid sudden morning sickness.
Make Water your Best Friend
Water or Ice really helps keeping you hydrated and prevent the queasiness too. Make sure that you have a bottle or the water station near to you all the time! Chugging water is important for the healthy development of the amniotic sac too. Amniotic Sac is completely made out of water and it’s formation occurs all in the first trimester.
Don’t be hungry for too long
Doctors generally advise for pregnant women to eat as soon as they wake up so as to avoid nausea to exacerbate. Have some snacks around you like the ones mentioned in #10. They are healthy and tasty.
Teas to the rescue
Peppermint tea, Chamomile Tea, lemon balm tea etc. can help with morning sickness.
Find Foods and Scents that work for you
Food triggers are different for every pregnant women, so you need to find out what doesn’t work for you. Many pregnant women have been reported to fall sick just by the smell of a food they used to love before pregnancy. So, everyone’s nausea triggers are different.
When it comes to scent, most helpful are Lemon scent and Rosemary Frig. However, essential oils like peppermint, orange works too.
Sour Things Tackles All
Sour things like pickles, potato chips, popcorn etc. can really help with morning sickness. Research doesn’t strongly indicate how but there have been many instances of pregnant women resorting to sour foods when they feel nauseated.
Eat what you crave for
It’s okay if you crave for foods that are in high calorie/low on nutrients, just make sure that you keep the portion size low and just eat till you feel better. Once you are well, have something nutritious and filling. Researchers believe that a certain craving is just your body’s way of telling you what it needs to feel better. So, have it and don’t feel guilty, it’s okay to cheat even during pregnancy.
Take Breaks & Get Fresh Air
Go outside and walk for a bit, walking and fresh air will help you feel relaxed and calm. This can help with nausea and can also help with stress. Walking also helps with blood circulation and improves your cardiovascular health.
Load up on protein and Carbs
You have always heard that crackers are the best food to have so as to avoid morning sickness, well, that’s because they are full of carbs. Carbs and protein rich foods will keep you full for a long time and even if nausea strikes, they will help you from being dizzy too as they fill you up with energy. Always keep a handful of nuts, crackers, khakhra, puffed rice mixed with peanuts and Bengal gram, chiwdas etc.
Be Sick ready
Make sure that your seat is near to washroom and you have a couple of sickness bags with you always to avoid any accidents. Also, carry a change of outfit and your toothpaste/toothbrush with you.
If you have a desktop job and have to work on the computer all day. Make sure that your posture or computer’s position is not causing any strain to you.
If you work in a cubicle, try to keep your feet up for most of the time. Dress comfortably and do some stretching exercises whenever possible.
Call Sick Day
Just rest or lie down when you want too. Pushing yourself too much is not good for you or your baby. Having half day leaves or breaks from work is OKAY!
Don’t worry or stress about Morning Sickness too much. Studies have shown that morning sickness has been linked to smarter kids (1), lower risk of miscarriage(2), protecting fetus against toxins inside the body(3) and a healthy growth of the placenta. However, you need to make sure that your morning sickness is NORMAL.
Morning sickness is not NORMAl if,
- Nausea is always accompanied by vomiting;
- You lose more than 10% of your pre-pregnancy weight (even though losing weight alone is not a good measure this accompanied by severe sickness shouldn’t be ignored);
- Loss of Appetite
- Extreme Fatigue and Faintness
Around 2-3% of Pregnant women experience HG and some even need to be hospitalized to get relief from HG.
Consulting your doctor for any symptoms that feel unusual to you is really necessary even if you think it *might* be normal.
How was your morning sickness like and what was your BEST HACK to manage morning sickness at work or, in general? Tell us in the Comments Section below and help out other Moms reading this.