Top 10 doula tips to help morning sickness

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 As many as 50% of women experience morning sickness cased by the result of rising human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone levels. While its called morning sickness it can happen anytime of the day mostly in the evenings (should really be called evening sickness but that doesn't have the same ring to it). By 12-14 weeks most women no longer experience morning sickness anymore.. Here are a few tips to help you during those 14 weeks

Snacks its always a good idea to have snack in you bag. You may not feel like eating but having a empty stomach will make you feel worse



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Scents can be powerful so much you can feel sick when you smell fish, eggs, garbage or your partners cologne. Smells can also make you feel better like the smell of lemon or other citrus oils like tangerine.

Get lots of rest! Its good not just for you but for baby. Pushing yourself won't make you feel any better so make sure you take your time and rest when needed.. Don't be afraid to take a nap in the middle of the day if you can and be sure you go to bed at a decent time.

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Ginger tea, ginger tea can help with nausea. ginger can be taken in many ways like teas, syrup and tablets. Below is a recipe for ginger tea. 


With fresh ginger 

  • Place one tablespoon of minced fresh ginger in a cup
  • Pour 8 ounces of hot water into the cup
  • Cover the cup and let steep for 10 minutes
  • Drink as is or add a bit of fresh lemon 


With dried ginger 

  • Place 2 teaspoons of dried ginger powder in a cup
  • Pour 8 ounces of hot water into the cup
  • Cover the cup and let steep for 10 minutes

Super easy and can help with putting your stomach at ease. If you don't feel like making your own you can always buy one like this one from Numi organic tea

Safe foods. Some women swear by the good old fashion saltines as well as pretzels and rice cakes but everyone is different. Keeping track of what foods do and don't upset your stomach will help you avoid them. 

Small meals eating smaller meals more often can help you with feeling sick. You might not feel like eating but having a empty stomach will make you feel worse. Eating small meals with keep something in you stomach without making you feel sick by trying to force yourself to eat a big meal 







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Keeping Track


some women find they get sick the came time of day, so writing down when you get sick can help you know what time of day is the worst for you. You might even be able to plan your day around it could be anything from your offensive coworker who insist on reheating fish in the work microwave at noon or the smell of you partner when they come home from the gym at 6pm either way  tracking your sickness may help you avoid it 

Stay Hydrated


This seems like it would be a easy one but if your like most people you don't drink enough water durning the day. Its really important if your vomiting form the morning sickness to keep hydrated. Try keeping a water bottle with you durning the day  

Just incase you need it


Your not always going to be at home when you feel sick so you might want to think about carrying around a few things to make things a bit easier like a plastic bag. but there may be a time when your on a crowded L train (or subway) and you feel sick and there is nowhere to go. There is nothing glamours about puking into a bag in public but sometimes you don't have a choice. You might want to think about mouthwash as well or carrying your toothbrush in your bag

Lastly meds. In some cases morning sickness can take over your whole life. even Kate Middleton is not immune to it experiencing Hyperemesis Gravidarum (severe morning sickness). If you can't keep anything down and doing you normal daily activities is difficult see your doctor right away. There are a number of prescription drugs that can help you.


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Just reminding you this is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. Always see a licensed medical professional for that 

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