Morning sickness is one of the most common symptoms experienced during pregnancy. Unfortunately, nausea and vomiting often last all day long, making even the evening and nighttime hours miserable. But just knowing what triggers the discomfort can help you create a simple plan for preventing night sickness.
Causes of Night Sickness
The term morning sickness is misleading; while some pregnant women may find their nausea and vomiting are confined to the morning hours, most experience it all day long, according to BabyCenter. Nausea is often worse when you're tired, which may explain why this uncomfortable symptom flares up in the evening and nighttime hours for many women. Low blood sugar is another nausea trigger, so an empty stomach may be to blame if you feel sick when you head to bed or wake up in the night.
Resting to Prevent Night Sickness
Avoiding fatigue is a tall order for most pregnant women, but getting as much rest as possible can help prevent evening and nighttime sickness. Take advantage of the opportunities you have to nap, rest and relax throughout the day, even if that means skipping a few household chores. If a midday nap is out of the question, spend your evenings lounging, reading, chatting on the phone or watching a movie rather than trying to catch up on cleaning or decorating the baby's nursery.
Eating to Prevent Morning Sickness
If you feel sick at bedtime or in the middle of the night, have a comforting snack before bed and keep a few stomach-settling foods next to your bed so you can nibble anytime you wake up. Though you may not feel hungry at these times, waiting until your stomach is growling usually means it's too late to prevent nausea. Staying hydrated is equally important for staving off sickness, so drink water throughout the day and evening, and keep a glass by your bed at night, taking a few sips every time you wake up.
Most women find that the best foods for settling the stomach are high in carbohydrates or rich in protein. Bland foods and those without strong odors are also good for preventing nausea, so try snacking on dry cereal, bagels, oatmeal, crackers, smoothies, low-fat yogurt, applesauce, potato chips and pasta. Avoid foods that are rich, fried, spicy, high in fat or have a strong smell, since these can trigger nausea.