Morning Sickness at Night – Causes and Tips to Manage It

Morning Sickness at Night - Causes and Tips to Manage It

Morning sickness is a common sign of pregnancy and almost all pregnant women experience morning sickness in the first trimester of their pregnancy and some unfortunate women may continue to experience it throughout their pregnancy. But only a few of you must have experienced morning sickness at night. Morning sickness at night is the same, it just occurs after the sun sets. Let’s find out what triggers night sickness, its causes, and tips to manage it.

Can Morning Sickness Occur at Night

Pregnant women usually experience nausea in the morning, hence the term “morning sickness”. However, once you are pregnant you will realize that nausea is not something that you experience only in the morning; you may feel sick and queasy at all times, be it morning, afternoon, evening, or night!.

What Causes Night Sickness in Pregnant Women

Nausea and vomiting are not just constricted to the morning hours during pregnancy. You can experience it even during the night time and you may feel equally uneasy and just like you feel in the morning hours. In fact, night sickness is even more troublesome since it can keep you from getting some sleep at night.

Night sickness may be caused due to many reasons; one of the major reasons for night sickness is the changes that your body goes through in early pregnancy. It is also the work of hormones which keep on rising rapidly during the first trimester. Some women may also suffer from it due to their sensitivity to a particular smell. Consuming too much spice and oil also leads to acidity and indigestion in some women during pregnancy and can morning sickness at night. Pregnancy may also lead to a lot of stress in women which may be one of the causes of night sickness.

Tips to Overcome Pregnancy Nausea at Night

It may be strange to experience morning sickness at night, but it is a common thing to happen while pregnant. But you can overcome pregnancy nausea at night. Here is a list of tips to help you overcome the problem of morning sickness at night.

1. Correct your sleeping position

Acid reflux is a big cause of night sickness. Therefore, to avoid it, prop up your head with two pillows to keep it little elevated and sleep on your left side with your right knee bent. You can also keep a pillow between your knees for more comfort.

Woman sleeps with a pillow between her knees

2. Go for small meals

Eat frequently but eat less. Make sure that your meals are small and frequent, as this is the best way to keep yourself from being hungry and or too full at the same time. It is advisable to eat at an interval of two to three hours. However, follow a healthy diet. Your diet should consist of foods rich in protein, carbohydrate, and other essential nutrients required for a healthy pregnancy. Always keep some biscuits or dry fruits near your bed so that even during the night, you have something to munch on. Also, taking fennel seeds after a meal or when you feel queasy can help, as it helps in digestion.

3. Eat bland food

Eating bland food like a toast and milk, broth, clear soup, white rice, and bananas can help in keeping you from night sickness.

4. Avoid fatty foods and sugar

Pregnant women should stay away from food items containing lots of fat and sugar since it is hard to digest and therefore can cause acidity and indigestion.

Woman eating healthy

5. Increase your fluid intake

Increasing your fluid intake can help cure indigestion, which usually is one of the main causes of nausea and sickness during pregnancy. Keeping a bottle of water or some lemonade near your bed and sipping it from time to time will keep your body hydrated and as a result, will keep nausea at bay. Sipping apple juice through the night will also help in keeping your blood sugar level stable.

6. Avoid strong smells

If the smell of a perfume or some curry makes you nauseated, stay away from it. If a certain smell at home makes you queasy, open all the windows and let fresh air come in, also switch on the exhaust fan.

7. Take something sour

The sour taste works like an astringent and helps alleviate nausea during pregnancy. Therefore, go for something like a lemon pickle, which is dipped only in salt. It is also a great remedy for a bad stomach.

Woman eating a pickle

8. Acupressure or sea sickness bands

The seasickness band is worn around the wrist. It presses upon certain points which help in temporary reduction of nausea during pregnancy. However, if the band does not provide you relief, consider acupressure, since many more points are pressed in it which can cure your pregnancy nausea.

9. Take ginger

Ginger has medicinal properties which can cure nausea and other ailments too, like a cough, cold and migraine. You can include ginger in your daily diet in the form of ginger tea or in salads. Keeping a ginger lozenge in your mouth can also help. Therefore, if you suffer from night sickness, sip ginger tea in the evening. However, do not overdo it since too much ginger and tea can cause gas as well as acidity. Anywhere between 1 to 3 grams of ginger can be consumed without any negative effects on your health.

10. Aromatherapy

Essential oils like lavender and peppermint will relax you and alleviate your nausea. You can apply a few drops on your wrist or put it in your handkerchief and simply smell it when you are nauseated or sick. You can also burn a few scented candles to calm you down.

Aromatherapy

11. Follow BRAT diet

The BRAT diet, which consists of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast can help cure nausea and vomiting. It is also good for people suffering from a bad stomach and loose motion. However, stop following this diet once your nausea and sickness is under control, as this diet does not provide you with the nutrients required during pregnancy.

12. Consult your Doctor

If you experience night sickness during pregnancy, consult your doctor. Ask him for medicines which can provide relief from pregnancy nausea. You should take a medicine only at the advice of your doctor, as it could have an adverse effect on your pregnancy.

13. Drink something warm

Drink something warm before going to bed. A warm drink will prepare your mind and body for some sleep. You may take ginger tea or peppermint tea.

Ginger tea

14. Do not tire yourself out

Do not over-work when you feel fine. Tiring your body will result in fatigue and stress which may trigger nausea. Instead, go for an activity which will de-stress and relax you. You can go for a walk or practice prenatal yoga.

15. Have an early dinner

It is advisable to take dinner at least 2 hours before going to bed. This helps in proper digestion of the food and prevents acid-reflux, which triggers nausea in pregnant women.

16. Eat foods rich in vitamin B6 and B12

Eat foods which are a rich source of vitamin B6 and B12. You can eat different types of nuts, banana, carrot, fish, chicken, spinach, onion, tofu, egg, yoghurt, etc to cure nausea during pregnancy.

Vitmain B12 foods

17. Try deep breathing exercises

If night sickness is stopping you from sleeping peacefully at night, try deep breathing exercises which will relax your senses and nerves. You can also try lighting some aromatic candles and listen to soothing music while lying on your bed. Remember to switch off your phone, computer, and television before you hit the bed.

18. Prenatal massage

A good massage with some aromatic oil like lavender or citrus just before going to bed followed by a warm bath will relax your senses and help you get you a good sleep at night.

Night sickness during pregnancy can be distressing if severe. It may keep you awake all night and stress you out. Therefore, you should try and prevent it in the initial stages. If none of the above remedies works for you, it is recommended that you consult your doctor at earliest.

Also Read: Home Remedies for Vomiting in Pregnancy