by Virginia B. Hargrove
There's motion sickness and there's morning sickness. The two can combine to thwart any travel plans and make the journey less than desirable.
Are you one of the women who faces or will be facing travel during your pregnancy? Does it leave you in tears, slumped against your suitcase clutching a barf bag?
Then you'll want to try out these mom-tested and approved travel tricks and tips and send nausea packing -- on a trip of its own that is!
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1. Find the Food That Work for You
You'll find that certain foods alleviate your morning sickness while others just make it worse. A complex carbohydrate, something salty, lemons or watermelon might be your "go-to" foods that end queasiness. Skip foods that trigger your nausea. Your "no" list might include spicy or greasy foods even if they were "okay" before.
If you're like most moms-to-be, you've probably discovered that an empty stomach makes you feel worse. Have a snack at your bedside and pack a snack bag for the day for in-between meals.
"The main thing that helped me prevent pregnancy nausea, was to ensure I had a little something -- anything -- in my stomach almost all the time," says Kim. She went on to say that, "...during my first pregnancy I suffered through one miserable trip where I was exhausted, felt ill, skipped eating, felt worse. I learned to carry water and small snacks everywhere. I sipped and nibbled throughout my next trip, and it made a huge difference," Kim concluded.
2. Anti-Nausea Wrist Bands
These amazing wrist bands apply direct pressure to the Pericardium 6, just above your wrist. This pressure point can temporarily relieve motion sickness or morning sickness in pregnancy.
Karen says, "I've used the "sea-band" with both my pregnancies and it's worked beautifully. I even sent it to a friend overseas and she was so thankful. It's not medicine; it just applies pressure on a certain point in your rist that controls your nausea."
Even without a band you can tap into this acupressure treatment. Press three fingers firmly but gently on the base of your palm where you'd take your pulse. Breath deeply and press that area with your fingertips for one to two minutes. Gradually increase the pressure until it's slightly uncomfortable.
3. Ice Chips, Fruit Slushies and Seltzer Water
Staying hydrated when you're nauseous can be a challenge. Are you having trouble swallowing and keeping down the recommended eight cups a day?
"I just drink some soda water, seltzer, or sparkling water. They're all the same thing -- carbonated water. They may taste a bit strange, but really works to calm my stomach," Martha shares.
Try sparkling water or seltzer water with a twist of lemon or lime, watermelon ice cubes, frozen grapes, a fruit slush or just a cup of ice chips.
4. Fresh Ginger
Ginger calms your stomach and can help prevent nausea and motion sickness. You can try ginger ale, ginger candy or gingersnaps but to get the best results, go for the real stuff.
"I start off the day with a cup of fresh ginger tea, steeped in my travel mug. Throughout the morning, I sip the tea and chew up the pieces of ginger in the bottom. It gets me through the roughest part of my day," says Megan.
5. Pack Your Emergency Nausea Kit
In case an unexpected bout of nausea attacks, bring an emergency kit on your travels. Include plastic bags, wet wipes, napkins, bottled of water, toothbrush and toothpaste, mouthwash and breath mints.
If you feel sick, have a sip or two of water. If you're beyond "feeling" sick, your kit will help you feel fresh and ready to move on.
How do you cope with morning sickness when you're travelling?