In early pregnancy, surrogate mothers tend to experience nausea, sometimes followed by vomiting. According to Pampers, roughly 50 to 70% of women experience nausea in the first trimester. This is what’s called morning sickness.
While it’s generally unwelcome, if you are experiencing morning sickness during your pregnancy it’s often an indication that you’re having a healthy pregnancy.
But morning sickness is still miserable to deal with. Fortunately, there are a few things surrogate mothers can do that should offer some relief.
As common as morning sickness is, it is possible to relieve and sometimes even eliminate symptoms. Here are several common cures to help surrogate mothers manage sickness.
1. Uncover Your Triggers
Morning sickness doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It’s quite likely that it’s being brought on by the scent of your shampoo or the thought of cooked pork. It could even be the pill you take first thing in the morning. Oftentimes, it doesn’t make sense, but it doesn’t have to. Even scents and tastes you used to enjoy could cause you to feel nauseous.
It could be something in your environment. Or it might be something you’re thinking about in the morning. Start a journal and begin tracking your thoughts and behaviors as well as the foods you eat and your environment. You should be able to find a common thread, and, when you do, you’ll be able to avoid the trigger.
2. Eat More Frequently
Many pregnant women find that an empty stomach only enhances their feelings of nausea and sickness. If you can, try eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day.
If you’re having a hard time keeping anything down, try bananas, rice, applesauce, or toast. These foods are easy to consume and are less likely to cause upset.
3. Drink Lots of Water
Being dehydrated can be problematic at the best of times. For pregnant women, it can be outright dangerous, as it could result in complications during your pregnancy.
When you’re frequently experiencing morning sickness, you may find it challenging to stay hydrated, as your stomach may not be able to handle liquids. You can try carbonated beverages (with a bite of food), herbal teas, or even watermelon if you find these more tolerable.
Regardless, staying hydrated should be a high priority for you.