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New Drug May Offer Ways To Tame Menopause

Since it was discovered that the risks of hormone therapy outweighed the benefits, scientists have been searching for a safe, natural way to alleviate the symptoms of menopause.

Participants are currently being recruited for a follow-up clinical trial of a treatment known as MF101 developed by Bionovo, Inc. In its initial clinical trial, MF101 provided women in the study with preliminary evidence of relief from such symptoms as hot flashes and night sweats, without the risks associated with hormone therapy.

The treatment being tested clinically targets only one of the two known estrogen receptors-the estrogen receptor beta. Laboratory data has shown that MF101 does not cause the proliferation of breast or uterine cancer cells the way hormone therapy can, making the drug a safer alternative to currently available hormone therapies.

In 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Estrogen Plus Progestin Trial, with over 16,000 women participants, was stopped early when it was found that the standard dose of combination hormone therapy increased the risk of breast cancer, stroke, heart attacks, blood clots and dementia.

“Given the void that exists for a safe and effective treatment for menopausal symptoms, our aim is to discover and develop novel drugs such as MF101 that can abate many of the symptoms that have historically been treated with hormones,” said Dr. Mary Tagliaferri. Tagliaferri is co-author of “The New Menopause Book: The Experts Help You Make Informed Decisions on HRT, Natural Hormone Therapy, Herbal Therapies, Traditional Chinese Medicine And More” (Avery, 2006) and Chief Medical Officer of Bionovo, which is developing the drug.

The clinical trials will take place under the directorship of renowned researcher Dr. Deborah Grady at four leading academic medical centers.

Bionovo expects this Phase 2 trial to be completed by the second quarter of 2007.

“If this new drug proves to be effective, we will be providing health care practitioners with a treatment they can comfortably recommend to women experiencing menopause,” said Dr. Tagliaferri.

Menopause and Gastrointestinal Distress

Numerous women report that menopause comes along with gastrointestinal distress causing uncomfortable symptoms such as indigestion, flatulence and sudden bloating. Not only are these annoying and embarrassing, they can also be quite painful.

During menopause, gastrointestinal bloating is caused when air fills the abdomen, creating a full feeling. Even though your stomach remains the same size, your pants probably feel tighter and your waistline just seems to keep expanding. Excess intestinal gas is produced by bacteria in the intestines. Sugar located foods often contribute to the growth of this bacterium.

Poor digestion, a lack of lactose – an enzyme that breaks down food and liquids, can cause gastrointestinal distress as well. Gas distress can also be rampant during menopause due to lack of estrogen. Medical studies have suggested that a menopausal woman’s diet can be to blame – particularly too many high sugar foods including fruit, and certain vegetables such as cauliflower, onion and broccoli that create even more bacteria in already inflamed intestines.

Of course your hormones might also be the trigger for bloating. For example, progesterone in the right doses has a calming effect, but in too high doses can cause bloating and breast tenderness. A form of estrogen called Estradiol, on the other hand, is sometimes prescribed as a relief for bloating.

People who eat too much protein at once can cause bloating because the stomach can’t digest it all. Enzymes that help digestion such as Beano aid in the consumption of products such as soy that can have numerous positive effects for menopausal women.

Herbs can be used to restore balance in menopause. You need to be clear on what stage of menopause you are in. Different hormone levels vary significantly from peri-menopause to menopause and post-menopause, and of course your doctor needs to help you with these decisions.

For bloating as well as headaches and breast tenderness, an herbal tea that provides minerals in a dissolved form can help. Minerals help your body handle waste loads as well as provide a good source of calcium. You can use a combination of raspberry, dandelion, lemon balm, nettles, and green oat straw tea. Drink one cup of tea per day. Don quai can increase the effectiveness of estrogen released from fat tissue and help soothe menopausal discomfort as well.

The information in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice.

More Common Ideas About The Female Orgasm

As you know, there are hundreds of myths about the female orgasm. But, the question is: are they all true? Of course not!

Here are some of the most common myths:

Myth 1: Women take longer to reach orgasm than men.

This is a common myth which has not been supported by research. The reason people believe this is that they don’t understand the female arousal pattern. Women’s arousal patterns are much different than men’s and, as a result, they are physically prepared for intercourse later than men are.

The time from optimal arousal to orgasm is pretty much identical for both men and women. The difference is in how long it takes to reach that level of arousal. Because men often don’t know how to help their partners get to that point, it does seem to take longer. Once that’s changed, however, men find their partners reach orgasm more quickly and even have multiple orgasms in quick succession.

Myth 2: Women should only reach orgasm through vaginal intercourse.

This is definitely not true but it’s a myth that has caused us to take women’s sexual needs for granted for a long time. This myth actually started with Sigmund Freud, the developer of psychoanalysis, who had recognized that women could easily reach orgasm through clitoral stimulation. Freud dismissed this type of stimulation as juvenile and believed it was important for women to become more sexually mature by focusing only on vaginal stimulation to reach orgasms.

The problem is that the vagina was not designed for orgasms. It does not have the concentrated nerve endings that one finds in the clitoris or in the head of a penis, for example.

As a result of Freud’s determination, women who could not reach orgasm through vaginal intercourse were considered to have some type of psychological impairment. All sorts of methods were devised in an attempt to “liberate” women from their reliance on the clitoris for sexual pleasure.

Only in recent decades has society begun talking openly about the women’s right to enjoy sex and to reach orgasm in whatever manner worked for her.

Myth 3: Only women fake orgasms.

Even though this article is about female orgasms, I think it’s important for both men and women to realize that orgasms are not going to happen during every sexual encounter. About one-fifth of men admitted that they have faked an orgasm with a partner. Their reasons for faking are the same as women’s: they don’t want their partners to be disappointed.

Orgasms don’t always come easily in a partnership. Sure, when we masturbate we can probably get off every time because we know our bodies and we know what works. Our sexual partners have to learn these things over time and, most importantly, with our help.

Again, faking orgasms is not the answer for either sex. It just complicates the issue and prevents both partners from having a truly fulfilling sexual encounter.

So, bottom line: don’t believe all myths you hear or read! You can please women with the best orgasms if you understand how the female body works!

Mom’s Head To Toe List – Five Things To Do Before Summer

Summer is here! Are you prepared to be a sun-loving beauty? This checklist for Summer Preparation will give you a good start for swimsuit season.

Exercise – Ladies, there’s nowhere to hide it anymore. The big, bad cellulite fairy visited during the winter again. Or does cellulite reproduce when it’s cold? Either way, get out your walking shoes and hit the streets. Or grab an exercise video and shake it until it melts off.

Pluck or wax those eyebrows. – The bright sunlight will show every little straggler. There’s nothing worse than looking like Bert in a bikini!

Swimsuit Shopping – Although most women would rather have a root canal than to go swimsuit shopping, it is a necessary evil. If your options are to go swimsuit shopping or to run around the pool in a worn, baggy, see-through swimsuit – please drag yourself to the store! I’ll be the one hiding in the stall next to you, laughing as I try on yet another swimsuit over my undergarments and try to figure out exactly what I’m looking at.

Body Hair – Let’s face it. Winter is not the time we are most diligent about keeping up with shaving. If you’re dreading another year of shaving, there are many more options these days to choose from — from home waxing kits to laser hair removal.

Feet – Eew! Those scratchy, rough, lizardy-feet need to go away now. Buff them or grab a power sander, but get them looking like skin again before sandal season. Once you’ve got people-feet instead of hobbit-feet, then dust off a bottle of toenail polish, grab a toe-ring, and make them pretty.

Now you’re ready for swimsuit season. Grab a little drink umbrella, drop it into your diet Coke and enjoy your summer, as the sun goddess that you are!

An Analogy of God as the Architect of Your Life

On the off chance that you enlisted God as the modeler of your life what might you expect of her administrations? Your profound development reveals to you that you have a decision of two Gods to look over; the God of detachment and fear or the God of affection and unity. Utilize this most profound sense of being data to look at the two and afterward choose which one serves you in your life development venture. It is a fun similarity.

The designer of unity doesn’t promote like the engineer of separateness does. The draftsman of unity is entirely informal. This engineer realizes that the item she is giving addresses itself and in the event that you need to take in more about the item you don’t need to go outside of yourself to catch wind of it. It is with you generally. Simply ask yourself. This designer is with you all day, every day. Dial the inner code, hit the speaker catch and you are in contact with your modeler, your source.

Then again, the designer of separateness needs the assistance of publicizing to get the message out of his item. He utilizes the advertising mastery of the self image keeping in mind the end goal to lure the less separating manufacturer into this place of mirrors. A large portion of his promoting spending plan goes to an appropriation arrange known as religion. He utilizes the greater part of the known religions to underwrite and circulate the data that would enable you to have confidence in the feasibility of his item.

They realize that on the off chance that you simply utilize an examination test where you put the item, the conviction that we are partitioned, up against the other item, the conviction that we are one, at that point the client, the separating onlooker, would see that the item conveyed on the establishment of unity can remain solitary without any props.

It is sufficiently adaptable to meet future requests for development and updates. It has an unending stockroom of provisions and materials that are accessible whenever, anyplace. It has a care staff that really has faith in their item and respects all outlines put together by their customers, their developers. All structures, all lives, are suitable and are never judged by any standard with the exception of what the customer, the developer, wants. No structure, no life, is ever denounced as being unworthy and there are no conditions that need to exist so as to influence the engineer to accomplish certain objectives.

The customer, the manufacturer, you, are the person who decides the structure of your life so whatever you decide for yourself is neither better nor sub-par than whatever else that is worked by some other customer. It is the thing that it is on account of that is what is so. There is no obliviousness about the procedure since the majority of the information concerning the procedure is accessible to the customer at whatever point and wherever they think about it. They just need to go inside themselves and the designer will uncover it to them.

Along these lines, we should put this correlation test up to the option. You know, I would state how about we contrast this with the opposition yet entirely is no opposition here. The conviction that we are separate may persuade that these are contending powers at the same time, really, everything comes down to a matter of decision. Which conviction framework do you picked? Which conviction framework serves you?

Proceeding with our correlation test, we have to look at the item based upon the conviction that we are partitioned. The primary thing we see is that the customer, the developer, has certain necessities that can’t generally be met with this planner who expands upon an establishment of separateness. The primary central need that can’t generally be met is the capacity to convey plainly and straightforwardly with the engineer. This designer is separate from you and is consequently not generally there when you require him. This inability to convey can have heartbreaking outcomes when basic periods of development should be re-planned in light of the fact that you can’t get hold of the designer. You endeavor to get hold of him by reaching his sub-temporary workers by means of the instrument called religion yet they don’t have an indistinguishable preparing and development capacities from the modeler so frequently their recommendation is not in arrangement with what the draftsman would let you know.

How to Find an Architect in Brittany for Your Renovation Project

There are numerous properties still accessible all through France to purchase for redesign to make a delightful new home or an occasion house for those imperative family breaks. Brittany has dependably been one of the most loved districts for this with Brits and Channel Islanders.

When considering purchasing a property to revamp there are many inquiries that ring a bell that it is pleasant to find a specialist solution to, especially if the property you’re thinking about is in an alternate nation. This article manages one much of the time made inquiry, “How would I discover an Architect for my Renovation Project in Brittany?” and is as a meeting with the inquiries being solicited by a forthcoming buyer from property in Brittany.

Do I need to connect with a designer for a remodel venture in France?

You should utilize a planner on the off chance that you wish to apply for a permis de construire (development allow) and the aggregate floor territory of your task property is or will be more than 170 sq/m when finished. For a request prealable (allow for little works) you are not required to draw in the administrations of an engineer.

How would I discover a draftsman that is proper for my venture?

The Ordres des Architects will have a rundown of enrolled planners in your general vicinity of France and you can discover this through their site. On the other hand in the event that you have connected with the administrations of a developer they perhaps ready to suggest a modeler for you.

How would I look at him, when I can’t invest energy in France taking a gander at past work he has done?

Your potential engineer ought to have the capacity to email you cases of his work as well as place you in contact with past and current customers that you could converse with keeping in mind the end goal to build up their fulfillment level with his administration.

How costly would they say they are?

Planners are prepared architects and their charges are by and large in view of a level of the task cost. This is an attempted and tried technique that has been suggested by the planners proficient body and has been balanced over numerous years to mirror the arrival that a honing designer requires to acquire a sensible living. For the most part there are two expense scales, one for existing structures and one for new work. since the first is more unpredictable the rate is more often than not at a higher rate than for new work. The charge will likewise mirror the multifaceted nature of the task and as each design venture is exceptionally singular expenses may differ to mirror this. However as a general guide for a local task the expense is probably going to be around 12% for a space change and 10% for another house. The charge can be impressively decreased in the event that you will bring on dealings with the developer and other sub contractual workers yourself.

Are there English-talking draftsmen?

There are English-talking draftsmen all finished France huge numbers of which promote in English magazines and on sites went for the British people group in France. On the other hand the Ordre des Architectes could enable you to locate an English or English-talking modeler.

Is there a comparable to RIBA in France and does it ensure me?

All together for an engineer to hone in France they should be enrolled with the Ordre des Architectes. They should likewise convey an a la mode protection which is required by the Ordres des Architectes keeping in mind the end goal to enable them to rehearse. You can solicit to see a duplicate from a draftsmen enrollment with the ODA or a duplicate of their protection.

What happens on the off chance that I am not content with their work?

Your draftsman should go about as an expert counselor to and operator for you all through the plan and building process if required. Any issues ought to have the capacity to be settled between the modeler and the customer all through this procedure. In any case on the off chance that you truly are troubled with your planner then you ought to have the capacity to remove his administrations whenever however you may need to pay him for work done up to that point unless he has been careless or not satisfied his administrations as plot in any concurrence with you.

Will they help us through arranging assents and authorizations and would they be able to deal with the venture?

A planner can give outline exhortation, last outline illustrations, influence the arranging application, to get ready details, contract reports, do extend administration and decide finish of the venture. However the engineer’s commitment to your undertaking reaches out a long ways past frame and feel, it can impact observation, execution and esteem. A sound working connection amongst you and your designer will contribute essentially to the accomplishment of your undertaking.

Do they suggest developers and temporary workers?

Designers will work intimately with various developers and sub-temporary workers and ought to have the capacity to place you in contact with these administrations so as to get gauges or the modeler can get them for your benefit.

Menopause Discover How To Control The Symptoms.

While menopause is a normal change in life that all women experience, the symptoms can be extremely bothersome. Some women are bombarded with these uncomfortable symptoms, and search out ways to help control them. Here we will discuss menopause and how to help control its symptoms.

Hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are also known as night sweats, but do not always occur at night. It is when your body becomes suddenly hot, so hot, that it radiates into the face and neck area. Very often the person suffering with the hot flash will sweat so profusely that the sweat will saturate her clothing. A hot flash is usually always followed by a chill, or cooling down period. To help control hot flashes effectively, a woman can add soy products or more fiber to her diet.

Vaginal dryness is another uncomfortable symptom of menopause. Research studies have shown that adding vitamin E supplements to their daily routines, many women have lessened, and even eliminated vaginal dryness all together. Vitamin E suppositories are available for menopausal women – these are inserted into the vagina. Vitamin E is also proven effective in aiding in the reduction, or even elimination, of hot flashes, as well.

There are numerous natural remedies to help in controlling many of the symptoms of menopause. Due to lack of hormones being produced in their bodies, many women will experience bouts of moodiness, and sometimes even depression. St. John’s Wart, which can be purchased at many health food stores, can often help with this. By adding a St. John’s Wart supplement to their daily routine, many women have reported being less irritable, less depressed, and even energized. Other supplements that can help with moodiness include kava kava and valerian.

Black cohosh is a very popular herb women use to help cut down on the symptoms of menopause. Black cohosh can help with hot flashes, cramps, and heavy menstrual bleeding. Research studies have also shown that black cohosh may even help prevent osteoporosis. Most research studies recommend you take black cohosh extract, and it may take two to four weeks before noticed results occur.

Like black cohosh, chasterberry (or vitex agnus castus) can help alleviate symptoms of menopause including hot flashes and vaginal dryness. In addition to these symptoms of menopause, chasterberry may also help with breast tenderness. Women have reported it taking up to four weeks to achieve noticeable results.

While the symptoms of menopause can be uncomfortable, bothersome, and irritating, there is hope. In addition to traditional hormone replacement therapy, many options are available to help lessen, or even eliminate the symptoms of menopause.

Finding a Architect Suited For Your Needs

A designer is one of the numerous experts in the group whose specialization is outlining the most ideal format of homes and different frameworks. By the expression, ‘most ideal’, it implies uncommon physical appearance, usefulness, wellbeing and financial esteem.

A draftsman changes a decent building thought into practical plans and pictures. This authorized proficient in building configuration will be included from the arranging part, to the execution of the arrangement until the point that the finishing of the whole building venture.

A planner has the essential aptitudes engaged with configuration, designing, administration, supervision and correspondence so a task will complete in adjustment to the arrangement. Despite the fact that there are individuals who simply consider designers to be additional cost to add to the financial plan or impediment in the speedy finishing of the development errands, the obligations they perform are in any case essential in developing houses and building structures that are innovative, protected, useful and sparing.

Finding the best designer who will make the best outline for your home or any building venture is basic. With the distinctive styles utilized by engineers in their plan, you have to choose the draftsman whose approach coordinates your inclination. Your scan for the correct designer must be done in a legitimate pace, not very quick that you will wind up picking a planner who does not meet with your necessities and not very moderate that you won’t have the capacity to take after your chance table.

The principal thing to improve the situation this modeler look is to ask referrals from relatives, companions, or collaborators. Moreover, you may likewise discover a rundown of legitimate modelers from the real estate brokers or manufacturers’ workplaces in your territory. From this rundown, you can pick those whose past ventures are comparable in configuration to the one you are imagining. Should your home building venture include rebuilding errands, you may check from workplaces of the authentic culture in your general vicinity so you will discover a designer with fitting specialization.

Online catalogs will likewise encourage in your hunt. These online assets have highlights that you can use in looking for designers in light of area or strength. In the wake of thinking of a rundown of your chose planners, you may begin calling them and inquire as to whether they would be keen on working for you. While you are grinding away, ask on the off chance that they would be requiring for an installment amid the meeting. On the off chance that there is an expense and you don’t wish to pay an additional sum, at that point pick another who might charge nothing amid the underlying meeting. From this telephone discussion, you may ask for the engineer’s portfolio which could either be in types of flyers, leaflets or the more current online portfolio.

Following stage is to meet with your forthcoming engineer. Amid this meeting, affirm if the designer without a doubt can make for you an outline which you truly lean toward. Get some information about the time it will take for the errand to be done. Likewise amid this meeting, you should as of now examine with the modeler about the expenses and charges that should be paid and agreed to your development venture. Assemble some contact data of the designer’s past customers for your reference. In particular, check the permit and affirmation of your picked designer.

How to Avoid Hiring the Wrong Architect

In case you’re searching for a modeler you’ve likely perused the 20 things to ask a designer article distributed by the AIA at this point. While this is a decent show, it doesn’t address every one of the issues that should be considered today. Engineering is a quickly evolving calling, particularly in the domain of programming. Many firms presently can’t seem to make the noteworthy venture important to be at the bleeding edge of their industry. It is likewise a calling that adjusts workmanship and science, and requires great correspondence and association aptitudes. While it’s hard to evaluate whether a specific planner will address your issues, here are nine approaches to offer assistance:

1. Visit the draftsman’s office.

A draftsman’s office can say a great deal in regards to their outline tasteful and inventiveness. Normally, however, first gatherings with a customer will be at their undertaking site, so you might not have a chance to see the designer’s office. Consider booking a visit at the modeler’s office inside a couple of days of the underlying meeting.

2. A scattered planner’s office may be a warning.

A modeler needs to sort out hundreds, if not a large number of snippets of data, and a disordered office may be a major warning. Be that as it may, don’t mistake craftsman imagination for disorder. Models or model building supplies, follow paper and outlines can be an indication of genuine innovativeness, however venture data is ordinarily put away in covers and file organizers. Huge heaps of unsorted paper are most likely not a decent sign.

3. Inquire as to whether they are utilizing 3D programming (the appropriate response ought to be “yes” – then inquire as to whether they are utilizing BIM).

The most recent engineering programming is called BIM (building data show) and the more modern designers are utilizing this. A house or undertaking outlined in BIM is totally or totally composed in three measurements (3D). Likewise, as a rule the product can help kill mistakes in coordination of illustrations since the two dimensional illustrations are altogether “extricated” from the 3D display. The product additionally monitors things like sizes of every entryway and window, and when a size is changed in one illustration, it is naturally refreshed in another. This can be a genuine help in lessening blunders.

4. Training is the establishment of a modeler’s understanding.

While going to a decent school can help guarantee your designer has a decent establishment to expand upon, more often than not a superior marker is the means by which an engineer did in the school they went to. Numerous engineering educators will reveal to you that 10%-20% of understudies are truly capable creators and couple of understudies who weren’t showed signs of improvement as they experienced school. To get a feeling of how a draftsman performed in school, get some information about outline grants they may have won or shows they may have partaken in. In the event that you get some information about scholastic execution, separate between outline studio classes, and non-plan studio classes.

5. Know your identity going to work with.

In the event that you are procuring a multi-individual firm, discover who you will really be working with. Commonly the individual you are meeting with won’t really be doing much work on your undertaking. On the off chance that the individual you will be working with isn’t in the meeting, make a request to visit the engineer’s office and meet the individual or individuals will’s identity on your group. Solicit to see the qualifications from those colleagues also.

6. Designers speak with illustrations and also words.

Take a gander at the designer’s illustrations and make inquiries about them. It might be trying to peruse or comprehend illustrations in the event that you haven’t done this some time recently, however in the event that you can’t comprehend them after a planner clarifies them, at that point either the illustrations are bad, or the engineer experiences considerable difficulties imparting. Both might be warnings.

7. A total arrangement of development illustrations incorporates particulars.

Not all structural data is conveyed inside illustrations. Pipes installations, electrical apparatuses, completes, expected quality levels, and other data that is less demanding said in words than in illustrations are conveyed in composed details. On the off chance that your modeler doesn’t get ready determinations, at that point you’ll likely be noting many inquiries amid development and might be hit with expansive change orders.

Morning Sickness Survival Tips

“Just eat a few saltines and you’ll be ok”.

I don’t know about you, but as someone who suffered with prolonged, severe morning sickness (which I affectionately call morning noon and night sickness), when I hear someone say this, I just want to slug them!

If you’re suffering with nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, you’re not alone. Most women experience it to some degree during their first trimester. If you’re one of the unfortunate few whose symptoms last longer than the typical 6-12 weeks, I empathize. I’ve had the same experience with all 4 of my pregnancies. I have learned a few things that helped however, and I hope you can get some relief with these tips.

1) Getting your blood sugar regulated is priority #1.

One theory about why morning sickness is worse in the morning (and for some women only occurs then) is because when you wake up from sleep, you have low blood sugar. For some pregnant woman, going 8 hours without food is just a bad idea.

You might find it helpful to eat a high protein snack before bed, and even to eat a bite each time you get up in the night to go to the bathroom. (Which in the beginning may be quite frequent!)

Personally, I found that what I did first thing in the morning was of paramount importance. I had to eat a few bites of food *while still lying down*. So I either put some food on a plate beside my bed or asked my husband bring me a snack first thing in the morning.

Don’t jump out of bed. Eat your snack slowly and lie still for a few minutes afterwards. Then slowly get up and immediately go to the kitchen and eat another bite. Again, emphasize protein.

2) Avoid foods that cause rapid blood sugar shifts.

Fruit juice, sugary snacks, processed cereal (the kind that comes in a box), anything made with white flour, etc…these types of foods cause your blood sugar to rapidly rise then come crashing down, triggering nausea and vomiting. Eat protein foods and whole foods.

Meat, cheese, yogurt (be careful here- try plain yogurt with frozen berries mixed in. Most yogurt has way too much sugar in it.), eggs, nuts, nut butters, veggies, and whole grains should be your staples.

Even if eating doesn’t appeal to you, coaxing yourself to eat a little bit of a protein food every 2 hours will help prevent vomiting. Don’t leave the house without carrying a snack with you.

3) If drinking water makes you sicker, try these alternatives.

It’s very important that you stay hydrated. You’re going to need extra fluids to support the pregnancy, but many women find that drinking water makes them more nauseated. Some things to try:

Smoothies made with fruit, ice and plain yogurt or kefir. The tangy flavor of these two dairy products really hit the spot for me. They also sneak in some extra protein.

Water served VERY cold with a squeeze of lemon or lime.

Carbonated water with a small amount of fruit juice for flavor.

Weakly brewed iced or hot tea with lemon. The small bit of caffeine won’t harm your baby. Something about the bitter tannins in tea may help ease nausea.

Citrus fruits and melons.

4) Avoid nausea triggers as much as possible.

Your nose is on hyperdrive during early pregnancy!

Stinky smells like poopy diapers, kitchen trash, even morning breath may be impossible to totally avoid, but try your best to avoid smelly situations.

Have someone else take out the trash. Have hubby change your toddler when he’s home. It’s the least he can do!

And don’t be shy about telling someone who has bad breath, noxious perfume or cigarette smells on them that you’re in a delicate condition and need some fresh air. During my pregnancies, my husband had to switch to unscented deodorant and soap, otherwise I couldn’t hug him!

If cooking smells make you ill, take a break from your usual garlic and onion specialties. Don’t be a martyr. Hubby will understand that you can’t make his favorite sausage and peppers for a while.

Prepare meals that won’t stink up the kitchen. Green main dish salads with cold, cut up chicken, steak or hard boiled eggs. Sandwiches are good too.

5) Try Aromatherapy

Put a couple of drops of lavender, mint or lemon essential oil (these oils are generally regarded as safe to use during pregnancy) on cotton balls and keep these in various locations… the kitchen, bathroom, your purse and in the car. Take a whiff when you feel sick. Put a few drops on your pillow.

6) Take it easy- but don’t forget exercise

I know, I know… exercise is the last thing you want to do when you can hardly get your face out of the toilet! But if you force yourself to take even a ten minute walk outside every day, it WILL help.

But do try to take it easy, avoid stress as much as possible, and rest as much as you can. You’re doing the very important job of growing a baby. Explain to your other children why you’re feeling poorly and that it won’t last forever. Call in favors and ask friends to come over to play with your 2 year old for an hour so you can sleep, or ask them to cook extra when they make dinner tonight and bring you a dish.

When you feel a bout of nausea coming on, try to lay down for a few minutes in a dark room with your eyes closed. Sometimes if you do this the episode will pass.

7) Focus on the positive

Sometimes when you’re so miserable it’s easy to forget what’s making you so sick! Remember that statistically, women who experience nausea and vomiting of pregnancy are more likely to carry the pregnancy to term.

One of my midwives told me that she always worries when a Mom comes in for her first prenatal feeling wonderful…the chances of her miscarrying are higher.

So rejoice in your strong hormones! Read pregnancy magazines, birth stories on the Internet, look through maternity clothing catalogs, do whatever you need to do to cheer yourself up and get yourself in the mood for a new baby.

8) More Misc. Tips

Try eating candied ginger or sipping ginger tea. I found ginger in capsules to be too harsh and they hurt terribly if they did come back up.

Brewer’s yeast capsules work for some Moms.

Try sucking on lemon slices when you’re feeling a wave of nausea.

Sip mint tea or chew mint gum to help dry up excessive salivating that may trigger nausea.

If you have trouble brushing your teeth due to an overactive gag reflex, switch to using baking soda for awhile. The foaming of regular toothpaste may be too much. And brush your teeth in shifts if you need to… first the top teeth, then a few minutes later the bottom teeth, then your tongue, etc.

Avoid getting overheated or chilled. Extremes in temperature can trigger vomiting.

Try Sea-Bands, available at large drug stores. They’re designed for motion sickness but helps some pregnant women.

Go with your cravings, within reason. For some reason, pizza and Taco Bell always hit the spot during my pregnancies.

Clean the toilet daily, even if it’s the only household chore you can do right now. Better yet, have someone else do it. And wear your hair up for awhile. If you’re going to be throwing up, at least you will have your hair out of the way and a clean bowl to hug!