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Congrats on being a mama-to -be! There is very little in the world that rivals that level of excitement, apprehension, and a whole mix of nerves! You may feel like everything leading to baby is perfect and going according to plan or you may be on the other complete side of the spectrum. Chances are if you are not floating on cloud nine, you are downright nauseous here on earth. It’s even worse when you are not ready to share the good news and need to hide a double secret- your wonderful bundle of future joy and your horrible pregnancy nausea that may or may not linger past mornings.
Don’t worry, you are definitely not alone, an estimated 75% of women worldwide experience pregnancy induced nausea. Although that nauseous, queasy feeling in your stomach often starts when the sun rises, it can hit at any time of the day or night. Symptoms typically start from week 6 of pregnancy on and since that sense of smell is extra sensitive in a newly pregnant woman, morning sickness also causes many women to have strong aversions to certain foods and smells. For the vast majority of expectant moms, morning sickness doesn’t typically linger much beyond week 12 to week 14 of pregnancy.
However, if you are commuting to work or your yoga class, if you are busy with volunteer work or your regular 9 to 5 job we have compiled a list to proactively prepare and effectively keep your pregnancy nausea under wraps!
- Plan your commute.
Before leaving home, fill a travel water bottle with ice water, which can sometimes help settle your stomach or can do double duty if you need to wash your face or rinse out your mouth. Water also helps prevent you from getting dehydrated. Additionally, store some plastic bags which can double as barf bags in your lunch bag or coat pocket.
- Keep snacks nearby.
Oftentimes nausea plagues us when were hungriest. Keep carbs and snacks at your desk or in the employee lounge to munch on if you start to feel queasy or shaky. Some classic choices are saltine crackers, ginger ale, and granola bars. Keep the snacks as bland as possible- don’t give into your cravings when you’re most nauseous!
- Keep a freshen-up bag.
There is very little that induces continuous nausea more than having vomit breath. Not only will it make you more nauseous, it will without a doubt make your colleagues and all those who smell your breath nauseous as well. Thankfully, after reading this article, you’ve prepared a bag of goodies to help you freshen up a bit! You can include:
- A toothbrush, toothpaste, and/or mouthwash.
- A hair elastic to keep your hair from getting dirty
- Face towelettes or tissues to clean up.
- Any makeup you need to replenish what’s been wiped off.
- Perfume to get rid of the scent you may smell on yourself.
- Drink, drink, drink, and drink.
There is very little that can help cure your nausea like water can. If you can, infusing your water with fresh lemon wedges can aid in relieving nausea as well. In addition to preventing and alleviating nausea, lemon water can help freshen your breath when needed.