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Morning sickness

Morning Sickness

How to cope with morning sickness during pregnancy

This is definitely a misleading name for this unpleasant side-effect of pregnancy. Around 80% of pregnant women suffer from nausea and not just in the mornings!

Many women feel waves of nausea throughout the day and some feel sick all the time. It seems to hit a peak at around 9-10 weeks and generally starts to improve after the 14-week mark. Nobody really knows what causes it, but experts believe high levels of circulating hormones are to blame.

What are the triggers?

  • Tiredness : Some women find their nausea is worse if they are over-tired.
  • Low blood sugar/empty stomach : Going too long between meals can cause nausea, which is why many women feel sick in the early evening.
  • Certain smells : Fried food, petrol, curries, citrus fruit, and perfume can all trigger nausea.
  • Tight clothing : Wearing anything tight around the waist can make you feel nauseous.

6 tips for coping with morning sickness

  1. Drink tea and nibble a plain biscuit in bed before you get up to keep nausea at bay.
  2. Snack on healthy, starchy carbohydrates, such as wholemeal toast and sandwiches, bananas, etc. This keeps your blood sugar topped up and ensures your stomach is never completely empty.
  3. Sip water throughout the day to prevent dehydration.
  4. Avoiding clothes with a tight waist band to help relieve pressure on your stomach.
  5. Drink ginger tea or eat ginger biscuits, as ginger is known to have anti-nausea properties.
  6. Wearing acupressure wristbands which work on an acupressure point on the wrist may also help.*

Hyperemesis gravidarum

Rarely, some women suffer from a severe form of morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum. They can’t keep anything down, lose a lot of weight and fluids and sometimes have to be admitted to hospital for re-hydration treatment and require antiemetic medication to stop the vomiting. Although this is unlikely to harm your baby, if you lose a lot of weight your baby may be born smaller than expected.

*Source: NICE

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