Managing Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is one of life’s little hiccups when it comes to carrying your bundle(s) of joy! The good news is that it can be better managed and prevented, by following a few tips!
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) recently released their guidelines for managing pregnancy related nausea and vomiting, which affects up to 80% of women. From this guide, we’ve compiled a list of the three most effortless changes you can make at home to manage your morning sickness – no prescription required!
One of the key recommendations for women suffering from morning sickness, who don’t have iron deficiency, is to stop taking iron-containing prenatal vitamins. They can instead substitute it for a lower dose iron prenatal during their 1st trimester. Iron requirements increase during the 2nd and 3rd trimester, but not so much during the 1st trimester. The new guidelines also suggest that vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) can help alleviate morning sickness.
Prenatal Ease Stage 1 is specially formulated for women in their 1st trimester, with lower levels of iron compared to Prenatal Ease Stage 2 and Stage 3. This helps to alleviate morning sickness and constipation that are common during the 1st trimester. Prenatal Ease Stage 1 is recognized by the SOGC.
Dietary and Lifestyle Changes
Another great recommendation is that women can eat whatever pregnancy-safe food that appeals to them! There is no evidence that specific dietary changes (like eating bland foods, avoiding fatty foods or cold drinks) can alleviate morning sickness. Feel free to eat whatever you feel minimizes your morning sickness.
Another key recommendation is that ginger is a great way to help alleviate morning sickness. Ginger is a safe option with minimal side effects for women suffering from morning sickness. Since ginger is unregulated in foods, it may have a different composition or purity depending on the preparation. Look for pharmaceutical-grade ginger like the type you find in Prenatal Ease Stage 1.
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