Nobody knows why the first sign of pregnancy for many mums-to-be is an early morning dash to the bathroom. During pregnancy, up to 80% of women will feel sick, with half of all women experiencing vomiting or retching at some point. So if you spend your early weeks of pregnancy feeling anything but blooming, you're not alone.
For many women, getting morning sickness is one of their first symptoms of pregnancy. It usually occurs between the fifth and sixth week of pregnancy and stops around the twelfth week. However some women may experience it for longer periods of time.
Some women only experience mild morning sickness, which results in them feeling nauseous, however this feeling can cause some women to vomit. In more severe cases of morning sickness, vomiting frequently can lead to dehydration and weight loss. If you are struggling to cope with your morning sickness or believe your symptoms are anything more than mild, it is important to seek your doctor’s advice. They may be able to supply you with a medication that is safe to take whilst you are pregnant.
Here are some hints and tips to help you manage your morning sickness.
Eating small but often
Many pregnant women find that eating small meals throughout the day helps to reduce their morning sickness symptoms. We suggest eating five or six small meals per day, as opposed to eating three large meals. This will keep you feeling full and avoid you having an empty stomach.
Some women also find it beneficial to eat foods with high water content. This includes fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, grapefruit, strawberries and spinach.
Snack on dry crackers and biscuits
Eating dry crackers, biscuits or cereal in the morning has helped many pregnant women reduce their symptoms of morning sickness. You can even keep them beside your bed so you can have a little munch when you first wake up!
Drink plenty of liquids
Many pregnant women find that drinking liquids half an hour after eating solid food helps them to combat feelings of morning sickness. It is suggested that drinking lots of liquids including ginger tea, ice-cold water, peppermint tea and tonic water can also help to prevent you from feeling nauseous. If you are struggling to keep liquids down, try sucking on ice cubes made from water or fruit juice.
As long as you are not craving something that will harm your baby, there is no shame in succumbing to food cravings; especially if it helps you deal with your morning sickness symptoms. If you get a food craving, get your partner to pop to the shops and get what you need – you are having their baby after all!
Seeing the positive side of morning sickness
Although morning sickness is not pleasant, try and see the positives in your experience. If you think of it as your body’s way of making natural changes to protect your baby and prepare for his or her arrival, it will make you feel much more positive and allow you to cope better with the unpleasant nausea and vomiting.