If you are pregnant but feeling far from blooming, you might be suffering from morning sickness. Unfortunately, it’s not just reserved for the morning either. It can strike at any time of day and affects women differently. Some may feel a slight queasiness while others may endure weeks or even months of feeling or even being sick.
It usually starts around week six of your pregnancy and can last from a few weeks to several months. Fear not though as there are some tips and remedies to help. You can also take heart knowing that symptoms will ease off at around 12-14 weeks in most cases.
eat small amounts frequently
Eating a large meal can make your symptoms worse and equally when your tummy is empty this can add to your nausea. Try to eat small amounts every couple of hours to help conquer queasiness.
keep a small snack by your bed
Try eating a couple of plain crackers or a piece of fruit before you get out of bed in the morning. Having something in your stomach before you start rushing around to start your day can help ease any early bouts of sickness.
switch to herbal tea
Ditch the caffeine and replace with herbal teas. Ginger is a tried and tested nausea remedy so try sipping a lemon and ginger herbal tea or try a peppermint tea. Peppermint is refreshing and has been known to work for some women in managing morning sickness.
keep a snack in your handbag
Keep an orange, banana, dried fruit and nuts, ginger biscuits or other small snacks in your bag. Morning sickness can strike at any time, so it’s a good idea to have a little snack with you to help ease the discomfort at a moment’s notice.
inhale a fresh scent
Hormones during pregnancy can make smells more potent. Strong perfumes or unpleasant smells can turn the stomach. Carry lemon essence or a similar fresh scent with you, so you can have a sneaky sniff when any nasty whiffs threaten to overpower you.
take a break from work
It can be hard to keep your pregnancy under wraps when you are dashing off to the loo every five minutes. Symptoms can often peak around weeks 8 or 9 so try and schedule a break from work at this time if you can. Your body is going through a lot and needs time to rest so take a break to ease the strain.
Even when you can’t stomach food, it’s important to stay hydrated. Avoid too much tea or coffee, sip iced water or if that’s a struggle, try adding a slice of lemon or lime.
avoid smells that make you sick
If the smell of your husband’s aftershave makes you queasy, ask him to stop wearing it. Change your soap or shower gel if they make you feel unwell and avoid strong foods that make you gag. After a while, you’ll get to know what smells cause your stomach to turn, try to avoid them when possible.
wear comfortable clothes
Opt for comfy clothes when you are suffering from morning sickness. Try to avoid wearing trousers or skirts that are too structured or tight fitting around the waist as this can cause more discomfort. Try a pregnancy tummy band which fits neatly over your growing bump and offers comfort and support.
steer clear of spicy or fatty foods
Foods that may cause an upset digestive system are best avoided where possible. Foods that are hard to digest will sit in your stomach and make you feel worse.
Easier said than done when you are juggling work, family and being pregnant, but stress can make your morning sickness worse. Take a ten-minute break during the day away from work or distractions at home. Try some pregnancy breathing exercises, mindfulness meditations or book in for a pregnancy massage.
listen to your body
If you need to rest, then take a break or have a nap if you can. If you feel like eating, then eat, and don’t worry if it’s not the perfectly balanced organic diet you envisioned for your pregnancy (there’s plenty of time for that later). It is important to listen to your body during pregnancy and do what feels right for you.
Morning sickness won’t affect your baby; it’s actually a good sign that your pregnancy hormones are working well. Try and drink plenty of fluids and eat what you can. While a balanced diet is important during your pregnancy, it can be hard during the first few months. Don’t worry too much as you will have lots of time to eat healthily once your sickness has passed.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - If you are losing weight or vomiting frequently and struggling to keep anything down, you are at risk of becoming dehydrated, call your Doctor straight away.
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