The term “morning sickness” is misleading. It can affect you at any time of the day or night, and some women feel sick all day. It’s thought hormonal changes in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy are probably one of the causes of morning sickness.
For many mum’s being sick is often the first sign of pregnancy. Up to 80% of women experience some form of sickness during the first trimester of their pregnancy. It is thought that the hormonal changes are to blame. For a small percentage of women the sickness can continue throughout the whole pregnancy.
Unfortunately there is no cure for pregnancy sickness, however there are various things that do help ease the symptoms and make the first few weeks more bearable.
Slow down and take some time
You may be used to jumping straight up out of bed but this is sure to make you feel ill during pregnancy. Make sure you try to get out of bed slowly and try to sit up for a few minutes before actually getting out of bed.
it may also help to have a light snack nearby crackers and ginger biscuits are a favorite and can help.
Rest Rest and Rest some more
During the first few weeks of pregnancy your body adjusts to the new demands placed on it and these changes will leave you feeling more tired than usual. unfortunately this can make the sickness worse so its important to rest as much as you possibly can. I know its not easy especially if you are still working full time or have other small children.
Eating little and often
Why not try changing your three meals a day for smaller snacks more often. Meals that are high in carbohydrates and low in fat are often easier to keep down, so stock up on rice, potatoes and pasta.
Feeling hungry may make you feel even worse but equally you don’t want to stuff yourself either.
Switch to cold foods
Lots of women say they are more sensitive to food smells during their pregnancy. Cold meals produce less strong smells than cooked foods so this could be a way of making sure you are still able to eat something.
Severe morning sickness (Hyperemesis garvidarum)
Whilst the majority of women who experience morning sickness see it as an inconvenience for some women it can be a more serious condition. If you are being repeatedly sick and are unable to keep anything down at all please seek advise from a doctorl.
For more information on morning sickness Visit NHS pages: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/morning-sickness-nausea.aspx
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