Your Morning Sickness Survival Guide
Here’s a guide to surviving those queasy, early weeks of pregnancy-induced morning sickness. Some tips might seem obvious, but they can really work.
At a Glance
One sip at a time. Drinking plenty of fluids helps with nausea but little and often is best.
Morning sickness can start from week six and for the unlucky ones, it’s ‘morning noon and night sickness’
The silver lining? Carbs. Yes, you can snack on them throughout the day. It helps with blood sugar levels
You’re not alone. 9 out of 10 women suffer from some form of morning sickness symptoms
Morning sickness causes
Newly pregnant? Congratulations. Here’s a paper bag. If you’re not exactly glowing in those first few weeks, you’re not alone. 9 out of 10 women will have at least a little nausea but thankfully most find morning sickness symptoms ease off by week 20 or so…ish.
Morning sickness causes are largely unknown. It is generally thought to be the result of a number of changes happening within your body. Here are just some:
- Oestrogen and HCG. Though other hormones play a part, your oestrogen and HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin) levels rise quickly during the early stages of pregnancy
- Odours. You’ll notice you have an extremely strong sense of smell. Odour sensitivity could be making you sick.
Is it severe? Vomiting all day? Can’t keep food down? Darker wee? There’s a chance you have Hyperemesis Gravidarum or HG. It’s a more serious version of morning sickness so it’s best to tell your doctor or midwife as it can affect you and your baby’s health if left untreated.
What helps with morning sickness?
- One sip at a time. It helps to stay hydrated. Get plenty of fluids down, little and often.
- Ginger… tea… snaps… beer (the non-alcoholic kind). Women all over the world swear by ginger as a natural remedy for nausea and there is some evidence to suggest it works.
- Carbs. Yes, that’s right. You can eat carbs. Crackers, bread, rice and pasta, little and often can keep the dreaded nausea at bay.
- Cold foods. They might go down better than hot ones. The last thing you need is the waft of a steak and kidney pie when you feel sick.
- Talk. The relentless symptoms of morning sickness can get you down. Talk to your other half, a friend or even a stranger – there are forums full of sympathetic sufferers.
- Be complementary. Although there’s no hard evidence, acupressure and acupuncture are leading alternative therapies that have made a real difference to some women’s suffering. Could they be for you? Make sure you speak with your midwife or GP first if you are considering complementary therapies.
- Sleep like a baby. A lack of sleep can also make symptoms worse so here’s a few tips for getting a good night’s rest.