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For managing nausea early in your pregnancy, try the following:
- Ginger – Try ginger ale, ginger candy, or even ginger tea to combat nausea.
- Sea Bands – These bracelets provide acupressure to your inner wrist, which can reduce nausea and should be available at your local drug store.
- Eat small amounts of food throughout the day, instead of trying to force down “normal-” sized meals. There is some evidence that high-protein diets can help reduce morning sickness. Avoid high-fat and sugary foods, as those can make nausea worse.
- Can’t eat or drink? Try sucking on popsicles to get important fluids.
No Rest for the Weary:
Whether you’re just trying to get some sleep, or trying to keep this little one a secret, this pregnancy is already keeping you busy.
There you are, between your nice, clean sheets. It is 3 a.m., and you only have two more hours until the alarm goes off, but you just can't seem to stay asleep. Some of this sleeplessness may be tied to yet another pregnancy symptom – your frequent trips to the bathroom to empty your bladder. These middle-of-the-night callings are a result of the increased fluids and blood flow, caused by pregnancy. The frequency of these urges should give you a break during the second trimester, but they'll be back again in the third trimester, once you have several pounds of baby sitting on your bladder.
What can you do to get sleep? Try some of the same tricks you will use for your newborn: any type of white noise can be soothing, use pillows to prop yourself up (the more the merrier or invest in a pregnancy pillow!) if you are feeling the effects of heartburn and reflux, and rest when you can (even napping during the day if it is possible). If your insomnia is interfering with your ability to function during the day, or causing other issues, talk to your doctor about possible treatment. Always talk to your doctor before taking any new medications, including sleep aids.
Another reason for sleeplessness can be the excitement you're feeling over your pregnancy news. If you’re wondering when the right time to spill the beans is, the answer is–there is no right time but what feels right for you. There is no hard and fast rule about announcing a pregnancy and you should never feel pressure to talk about your pregnancy or pressure to avoid announcing it out of fear of making other people uncomfortable. It’s your pregnancy, so share the news whenever you want to.