Is that nauseous feeling creeping up at all hours of the day? Morning sickness is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms – but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. As a working expectant mom, you’ll need a few go-to tips for preventing and soldiering through morning sickness while you’re in the office. After all, there are only so many sick days available throughout the year! Here are some safe and simple tips for coping during the work day:
Keeping your stomach coated with a layer of food can keep nausea at bay. Crackers are an old standby for relieving discomfort and peppermint candies can also help. Aim to eat something light every 2-3 hours, as hunger can trigger a bout of nausea.
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In addition to plenty of water, ginger ale, lemonade, and ginger tea are known to reduce queasiness.
Stash a few freezer items in your office kitchen. Chilly foods such as popsicles, ice chips, sorbet, or even frozen blueberries or grapes may help ease an upset stomach and ward off nausea.
Go for a walk
To get some relief, you may want to leave your office and take a short stroll around the neighboring area. The fresh air can be calming and the steady motion may settle your stomach.
Talk to your doctor about medication
Some women who experience severe morning sickness during pregnancy can rely on medical solutions like Zofran and Phenergan – just be prepared for fatigue, which is a common side effect.
Smell the right scents
Microwaved food or a latte can trigger nausea in some women. Believe it or not, avoiding these fragrances as much as possible can do wonders for your tummy. On the flip side, some expectant moms have found relief from the scent of lemons – you may want to keep a couple freshly cut slices on your desk.
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Some women swear that regularly chewing on a spearmint flavored stick of gum can help settle an upset stomach. Keep a multi-pack on hand and see what it can do for you.
Do you have any lifesaving tips for soothing morning sickness at work? Let other moms-to-be know what works wonders for you by leaving a comment below.