Unfortunately vomiting and nausea, known as morning sickness, is very common during pregnancy. What’s more unfortunate is that it often lasts all day and night or comes in waves throughout the day! It usually kicks in at about week six but can happen even earlier than this. The good news is that for most people (approximately 90%) it will fade away and become a distant memory around week 12-14…hormones have a funny way of making us forget the bad stuff!!
Morning sickness tends to affect about 50% of all pregnant women to some degree or another. A small minority of people may suffer a very severe form of nausea and vomiting called hyperemesis gravidarum. So if you think you may be affected by this then it’s important to contact your GP or healthcare provider as specialist treatment will most likely be required to prevent dehydration. But be comforted by the fact that you’re in good company… think Kate Middleton! Ok that doesn’t really help and I’m not sure anything can make morning sickness glamorous!
For anyone suffering with morning sickness its worth trying the following tips to try to alleviate your symptoms:
- Eat little and often – ladies often complain that they feel sick if they get hungry or if they are full – the key is to try to find a happy medium!
- Rest as much as you can as being tired will only make nausea worse.
- When you are getting up in the morning, take it easy and slowly, ideally you should try to have something small like toast, crackers, or a biscuit before you even get out of bed.
- Forget all of your previous judgements on carbohydrates – with morning sickness they are your friend! Bread, pasta and rice can help you feel better whereas sweet or spicy foods can make your nausea worse.
- If you become very sensitive to smells try to eat cold foods rather than hot ones as these tend not to give off so many nauseating odours.
- Wear clothes that are loose on the waist and tummy areas – tight clothes can cause discomfort and add to nausea.
- Try to drink small amounts often to prevent dehydration.
- Avoid excessively warm places as feeling too hot can make you feel even sicker.
- Have the windows open when you are cooking to avoid strong smells (even better avoid cooking altogether!!)
- Try sipping on lemon and ginger tea (twinning’s do a nice premade version!)
- Eat whatever you feel like eating whenever you feel like it – but just remember not to overfill yourself or you may feel sick.
- Eat slowly and avoid having drinks with meals.
- Try wearing travel sickness wrist bands which apply pressure to an acupuncture pressure point which is thought to alleviate sickness and nausea. These are available from your local community pharmacy.
- Try using Lillipops (http://lillipops.com) these are ice pops which have been specifically designed to alleviate the symptoms of morning sickness.
- As a nice alternative to a cold ice pop in winter weather try a caldekids travel pop (http://clonmedica.ie/tag/caldekids/) These are lollipops which contain ginger, peppermint and lemon which help to alleviate nausea and sickness.
And remember, morning sickness does not harm your baby, it’s just horrible for you to endure. Extreme morning sickness known as Hyperemesis can cause harm due to dehydration and diminished electrolytes so if you suspect this is what you’re suffering from contact your GP or healthcare provider.
If you have any questions about anything covered in this blog please don’t hesitate to contact me by private message on the WonderBaba facebook page (www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) or by phone at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy on 012600262.