Yayyyyy you’re pregnant, you’re delighted, elated and enjoying the excitement of becoming a new mum then the infamous Morning Sickness kicks in. However, its not just the morning where you feel utterly disgusting and nauseous, nope it can hit you at any time of day.
or for some ‘all day and all night sickness’ can hit you like a ton of bricks. Studies show that over 50% of pregnant women will suffer from morning sickness or nausea during their pregnancy. For most women, the symptoms usually begin before the ninth week and in 9 out of 10 women, symptoms thankfully disappear by the end of the first trimester. However, some women experience nausea and vomiting for much longer than this, and about 1 in 10 continues to feel sick after week 20.
The exact cause is still unknown but it is thought to be linked to high levels of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
Unfortunately, there is no miracle cure for morning sickness but if you are battling that persistent gagging feeling we have compiled a list of remedies to help. We can’t promise a full-on cure but we do hope you find below helpful.
Almonds - A lack of protein can make nausea worse. A handful of almonds are packed full of this essential nutrient and are easy to digest. We love soaked almonds – simply cover with water and leave overnight.
Cold drinks -Hydration is key, especially if you are vomiting. Ice-cold drinks will soothe your stomach. Increase your intake of electrolytes with coconut water or try an iced lolly made from natural fruit juice.
Ginger - Ginger in any form is brilliant for easing nausea. This is a time-tested tonic so consider grating it you’re your food or drinking ginger tea, ginger beer, even ginger biscuits can do the trick. If you’re not a fan of the taste, try taking capsules instead.
Water crackers - Having something constantly on hand to eat is helpful when you are feeling queasy. It’s imperative to eat little and often, as you don’t want your stomach to be running on empty. Keep crackers, nutritional bars or biscuits by your bed and in your handbag so you are never caught off guard.
Peppermint - Sipping peppermint tea or sucking on peppermint sweets has long been used by expectant women to help ease morning sickness and disguise the metallic taste in the mouth that sometimes occurs with pregnancy nausea.
Rest – Get plenty of rest and nap during the day if possible. The more tiresome you get the worse it can be.
Acupressure or acupuncture - These techniques, which use gentle pressure or tiny needles to hit certain nerve centers in the body, can be extremely effective in treating nausea.
Sea bands - Sea-Bands harness the natural effect of acupressure and continue to provide effective relief, by applying continuous pressure on the P6 (or Nei-Kuan) point on each wrist using a plastic stud. They are perfectly safe to wear during pregnancy and have been a life saviour for many.
You Should Contact Your Doctor
- If you are experiencing excessive nausea and vomiting that prevents you from keeping any food down
- If vomiting is accompanied by pain or fever
- If nausea and vomiting persists well into the second trimester(after 12th week)