What is morning sickness?
Morning sickness affects around three quarters of pregnant women so if you are one of them – you are not alone. The symptoms of morning sickness can vary in intensity from woman to woman but typically include feelings of nausea and vomiting and despite its name; morning sickness can happen at any time of the day.
What are the causes of morning sickness?
No one knows for sure what causes morning sickness; however, it is most likely a combination of lots of the physical and hormonal changes taking place in your body.
How long will morning sickness last?
Typically morning sickness begins around 4-6 weeks and will last for the majority of your first trimester. By around 14-16 weeks you should begin to get relief from the queasiness and nausea and will get a new burst of energy. However, in some cases morning sickness can be present, at varying intensities, throughout your pregnancy.
Will morning sickness affect my baby?
If you are worried about your morning sickness, speak to your GP or midwife who can put your mind at rest.
Typically, nausea and vomiting will not affect your baby’s wellbeing as long as you stay well hydrated and are eating well. If you do find that morning sickness is preventing you from eating a balanced diet, then speak to your doctor about taking a pregnancy supplement to ensure that you are getting all of the nutrients you need. If you are worried about your morning sickness, speak to your GP or midwife who can put your mind at rest.
Is there a cure for morning sickness?
There is no cure for morning sickness but there are a few things you can try to help relieve the symptoms:
- Eat small and frequently throughout the day so your stomach in never empty. Keeping a healthy snack or two in your handbag and by your bed is a good tip.
- When you first wake up nibbling on some crackers around 20 minutes before you get out of bed can help with feelings of nausea.
- Avoid foods and smells that trigger your nausea. Watch out for non-food triggers as well. A warm room, strong perfumes or cars can all be triggers.
- Avoid fatty foods and foods which are spicy, acidic or fried – as these can irritate your digestive system.
- Sipping drinks throughout the day is also a good idea. Some mums-to-be have found that sipping on peppermint tea can help.
- Ginger is another alternative remedy thought to settle the stomach. Adding ginger to tea or foods can help.
- Some mums-to-be have also found that acupressure bands used for motion sickness can help with feelings of nausea.
The best way to get through morning sickness is to stay relaxed and rested. Try not to sit or stand for long periods of time. Walk around and try to get some fresh air each day.
Some women can unfortunately suffer with a very extreme form of morning sickness called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). Much like morning sickness, the causes of HG are unknown. The symptoms include excessive vomiting and being unable to keep anything down – food or liquids. Other symptoms can include dizziness, tummy pain, fever, or blood when you vomit. Although HG can be very draining and difficult to deal with, once it is treated, it will not cause your baby any harm.
Unfortunately the normal self-treatment methods for morning sickness generally won’t help to ease your HG. If you think you are suffering from HG it is really important to speak to your doctor as soon as possible so that they can prevent you from becoming dehydrated or from losing weight.
If you have any further questions on morning sickness or would like some more tips please contact our Careline.