I was going to title this article “Nausea Pregnancy” but then I realized that more women would identify with the term “morning sickness.” It’s a misnomer, for sure, because nausea and vomiting can happen at any time of day during pregnancy.
I have experienced “Nausea Pregnancy” both with my nine-year-old son and my now one-year-old twin girls. I know from personal experience how sick, drained, helpless, and desperate for relief a woman feels during this debilitating stage of pregnancy. With my son, the nausea lasted the entire nine months. However, with my twin girls, the nausea was severe and violent throughout the entire pregnancy. If you are currently going through this yourself, know that you are not alone and that there is hope for relief.
Nausea is a very common symptom in pregnancy, with approximately 70 percent of all pregnant women experiencing it to some degree. Most people – men included – know that if you’re pregnant, chances are you’ll be having some nausea, commonly referred to as “morning sickness.” Although there are always exceptions, the majority of pregnant women will experience at least some level of nausea during pregnancy.
Nausea is often times seen as a natural side effect of pregnancy, and because of this, many people do not give pregnant women the compassion and understanding they may need during this difficult and depressing time. It is during these early stages of pregnancy that a woman needs support the most.
Sadly, I found that the healthcare providers were actually the least caring and compassionate of all. When I mentioned my nausea at a visit, it seemed as though they trivialized it and didn’t offer any help or comfort. Being pregnant is hard, especially when you’re carrying twins. I was already 39 when I found out, so my pregnancy was considered high risk. The doctors and nurses said that this meant a lot more problems could come up, but I didn’t really listen to them. Nausea is just a part of pregnancy, after all.
I was pregnant with twins and dealing with daily nausea and vomiting symptoms, when my doctor told me I could go into preterm labor. I was also told that I had a high chance of having numerous other complications for myself and the babies, and that I should reduce my stress and anxiety levels as much as possible. Well, telling me these things actually just enhanced my stress and anxiety, as well as my nausea!
I began to search for answers and help when I started experiencing nausea during pregnancy. I wanted to decrease my chances of preterm labor, preeclampsia, and other risks. I relied on self-help methods to achieve this.
I once went on a quest to find relief from my nausea, and I tried everything from sea bands to Preggie Pops. I spent a lot of money and time on different herbal teas, ginger root, and crackers, but none of them offered much relief.
I found that what helped me quite a bit was finding a very mild and very, very subtle fragrance in the form of soap, wrapping it in a handkerchief. Each morning I would unwrap the handkerchief from the soap and carry it with me wherever I would go. And, throughout the day, I would hold the handkerchief up to my nose to diffuse the horrible smells that lurked around every corner wherever I went. I especially used it while going to the grocery store, completely covering my nose and mouth with the handkerchief the entire time.
Another great way to help with nausea is by chewing on ice cubes. It’s a quick and easy way to get rid of nausea and it helps keep you hydrated, which is important during pregnancy.
Nausea and vomiting are common during pregnancy, and it can be difficult to get the nutrients you need. Strawberries were one of the few foods that I could keep down during my pregnancy, and their aroma made me feel a little better. Folic acid is especially important during the first trimester of pregnancy, as it can help prevent birth defects. I soon found out that strawberries are rich in folic acid. And since I couldnt keep down any vitamins, it was a huge relief to know that I was getting enough folic acid. I guess my body just naturally knew how to take care of itself and the babies.
I found that the last remedy – but by no means the least effective – for nausea was meditation and music therapy. This also helped to reduce stress and anxiety around my high risk pregnancy, especially after doctors visits.
I started practicing meditation long before I got pregnant. And I have to say, it has really made a difference in my life. I feel more balanced and well-rounded, and it only takes a few minutes out of my day. If you’re looking for a way to help achieve balance and well-being, I would highly recommend giving meditation a try.
When I got pregnant, I continued my practice of meditation, but not as often as I should have. I started increasing it to a daily practice of 15 to 20 minutes towards the end of my first trimester, thinking that it might be beneficial for the babies. So I started listening to some of my meditation music CDs with headphones and prenatal speakers. The feelings of relaxation, calm and serenity are almost indescribable, and it really helped me through my pregnancy. And from the kicking responses that I got from the babies, I believe they enjoyed the meditation time too.
When I was going through some tough times with nausea and vomiting, I found that getting myself into a comfortable position, putting on some music and focusing on my breathing helped a lot. I was really surprised that the nausea symptoms would lessen as I did this. The music helped me relax and I would start my own personal imagery within my minds eye that helped me to get rid of any fearful and stressful thoughts I might be carrying inside of me.
I always imagined that I would continue my pregnancy journey with meditation, and I’m so grateful that I did. It was a simple tool that alleviated many pregnancy symptoms, including nausea and vomiting. Furthermore, it helped reduce my chances of developing complications such as preterm labor and preeclampsia. Now, I devote my life to teaching and guiding women around the globe about the amazing benefits of meditation during pregnancy. Meditation can be a great way to cope with the pains of pregnancy and childbirth. I found it to be incredibly helpful during my own pregnancy, and I want to help other women experience the same benefits. With proper nutrition and light exercise, pregnancy meditation can help make for a healthier and more comfortable pregnancy.
I’d also like to mention another profound outcome I discovered from the practice of meditation relaxation during pregnancy: as an added benefit, to my surprise, the music CDs I had used during pregnancy while meditating have actually turned out to be a relaxation aid for my babies. I like to play my meditative music throughout the day – something you would generally hear in a day spa while getting a massage – When I was pregnant with my twins, I used to play music for them while I meditated. I noticed that whenever they would start to get fussy or tired, the room would immediately go quiet as soon as they heard the music. It was amazing! I’m happy to report that I went full term and had two healthy twin girls.
As I said, meditation and relaxation during pregnancy can be very helpful. I recommend this practice to every pregnant woman I meet.
If youve never meditated before, I recommend that you find a guided meditation CD or download, as there are certain breathing techniques that guided meditations will help lead you into, along with a soothing, gentle guide into the minds eye to bring you into a deep visualization state. Once you get the hang of how to meditate with guidance, you can then try longer sessions on your own without any guidance. However, if guided meditations are something that you find relaxing and helpful, by all means continue using them! Meditation can be a great way for pregnant women to relax and connect with their baby. However, there are a few key factors to keep in mind if you want to get the most out of your meditation practice. First, make sure you’re comfortable. If you’re not comfortable, you won’t be able to relax. Second, focus on your breath. Taking deep, slow breaths will help you relax and clear your mind. And finally, don’t forget to enjoy the experience! There are many guided meditation downloads and CDs available that are specifically designed for pregnant women.
I hope that this information will help you to ease your nausea symptoms during pregnancy, as well as any other issues you may be having. Pregnancy can be a difficult time for many women, and I want to do whatever I can to help make it a little bit easier for you.