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Morning sickness is a popular topic here on Karimums, so consider this your go-to guide. You may be experiencing anything from mild nausea to spending most of the day in the bathroom, wondering if you will ever feel human again. The good news is we have tips and remedies to help make your pregnancy more comfortable.
What is this morning sickness everyone talks about?
It’s nausea or vomiting that usually happens in the early stages of pregnancy. Some mums-to-be will also experience a reduced appetite, a metallic taste in the mouth or be unable to handle some smells, such as meat cooking.
Trying not to vomit in public and often feeling generally unwell, especially when you are trying to hide your news in the early stages, can be stressful.
We know it doesn’t sound like much fun, but morning sickness is actually a good sign. It means your body is doing its job and your baby is growing.
When does it start?2>
Morning sickness usually starts early in pregnancy and settles down around the end of the first trimester, between 12-14 weeks, but it can last longer.
You may find your symptoms are particularly bad first thing in the morning and ease up as the day goes on. Or you might not feel queasy until later in the day. It’s called morning sickness, but unfortunately it can happen at any time of the day or night.
What causes morning sickness?
No one knows what causes morning sickness, but it’s believed to be a result of the increase in hormones produced by your body during pregnancy. It can also be due to higher blood pressure, changes in your metabolism or the physical and chemical changes that occur in pregnancy.
Remedies for morning sickness
We’ve got plenty of remedies you can try out. Everyone is different, so see which ones work best for you.
- Try not to jump out of bed when the alarm goes off. Take it slowly and sit on the bed for a few moments before getting up.
- Keep dry crackers or ginger biscuits by your bedside to nibble on before you get up. Having a small amount of food before you get moving can help settle your stomach.
- Drink plenty of fluids – water is best! Try cubes of ice too, or for a treat, have an icy pole.
- Try some ginger! Ginger is a natural and often very effective treatment for nausea. Simply grate fresh ginger into hot water to make ginger tea.
- Do not take any nausea reducing medication without first consulting your GP, obstetrician, midwife or pharmacist to make sure you know how it could affect you or your bub.
- Eat smaller meals more often. Small nutritious meals eaten every 2-3 hours will keep your blood sugar levels up and nausea at bay.
- Avoid fried, greasy or heavily spiced foods that can upset your stomach.
- Drink between meals only and take small sips to help prevent vomiting.
- Avoid cooking strong-smelling foods inside. Use the BBQ or delegate the cooking duties to your partner.
- Book an appointment with an acupuncturist who specialises in treating morning sickness.
- Wear a motion sickness band. They’re designed to ward off seasickness (by pressing on an acupressure point on the underside of your wrist), but have also helped many pregnant women with morning sickness.
- Keep comfy in loose clothes and avoid anything tight on your tummy.
- Rest or take a nap whenever you can. Try to take things easy and avoid rushing around.
- Cleaning your teeth with toothpaste can bring on vomiting, so try using a dental mouth rinse before you brush. If you still feel sick, floss or use an interdental brush (like floss, but easier to use), which may be less irritating.
- It’s amazing what a breath of fresh air can do! Go for a walk or open a window to ease nausea and clear your head.
If you’ve got your own special morning sickness cure, make sure you share them with us.
When you might need to see your GP
You should see your doctor or midwife if you can’t keep food or drink down, you’ve lost a lot of weight over a short period of time, or you are severely dehydrated and urinating less often than usual. There’s no need to worry if you have any of these symptoms. Your GP or midwife will be able to treat you with medications that are safe for you and your bub.
Severe morning sickness can sometimes lead to depression or anxiety. If you are feeling this way, it’s important that you speak to your healthcare professional.
Finally, if you’ve got any questions or you want to share what you’re feeling, don’t hesitate to add a post and start a conversation. At Karimums, we’re here to help!
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Posted by Kristin (Karimums Dietitian)
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