Morning sickness is a common side effect of pregnancy that women dread! If your reading this then I’m going to guess you are experiencing it and are in a desperate bid to find relief.
Whilst I was pregnant with both my boys I experienced morning sickness. With my eldest the nausea was overwhelming but I wasn’t sick. However, with my youngest, I had terrible sickness. I was sick in the morning and then nauseous throughout the day.
I was definitely not one of those mothers who ‘wouldn’t have known they were pregnant’, and had that beautiful pregnancy glow!
Although baby number three isn’t on the cards any time soon, morning sickness is definitely a part that I don’t look forward too, but then who does.
I am here to share with you all, 7 tips I found to help ease morning sickness. Some of these I found very helpful throughout both my pregnancies.
What is morning sickness?
Morning sickness is vomiting and/ or nausea during pregnancy. This is most commonly experienced throughout the first trimester.
‘Morning sickness’ is typically experienced in the morning however, some women do experience it in the evening or throughout the day.
How long can this last?
Typically women seem to see the sickness reduce and disappear around the 16- 20-week mark. However, someone women experience morning sickness throughout their pregnancy. There are also situations where women will notice they begin to experience ‘morning sickness’ again in the last trimester of their pregnancy.
Can this harm my baby?
Morning sickness is thought to be the bodies way of reacting to the pregnancy hormone, so typically it wouldn’t harm the baby.
However, there are some women who go on to develop a severe type of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum.
This can cause you to become dehydrated and malnourished, which in turn can affect the baby. If you have hyperemesis gravidarum you may require specialist care.
What can I do to help ease my morning sickness?
I don’t think there is anything that I can 100% guarantee will get rid of your nausea. However, these may help you ease it.
- Get plenty of rest – This is my number one suggestion throughout pregnancy! Growing a human is hard work!
- Avoid any foods/ smells that will trigger your nausea & vomiting – I only had to look at marmite and I wanted to vomit.
- Eat small and frequent meals – I found this so helpful! This helped me not feel bloated and therefore sick for longer. This also helps make sure your stomach is able to empty quicker.
- Make sure you get regular exercise – Exercise helps with digestion, which in turn with help with feeling sick. Plus fresh air always makes me feel better.
- Drink plenty of fluids – This will stop you from getting dehydrated and once again aids digestion!
- Try acupressure – There are place all over your body you can press to help relieve nausea and vomiting. There is also a company called Sea-Band that make acupressure bands for travel sickness. They have also produced the mama band, which helps with morning sickness. Click here to go to their website.
- Try foods proven to help with morning sickness – I found the following foods helpful!
- Yoghurt – These helped me as I got closer to the 18 – 20-week mark.
- Carbonated drinks – Lemonade was a lifesaver with throughout all both of my pregnancies!
- Anything containing ginger! – I wasn’t keen on ginger before I was pregnant, so this didn’t really help me. However, there are plenty of ways you can get ginger into your system. Some people eat ginger straight from the root, some grate it and put it into hot water, you can also get ginger biscuits and ginger beer (which is non-alcoholic.)
You can also try;
- Herbal tea – Green tea is brilliant for this, although make sure you keep an eye on how much you drink, as it does contain caffeine.
- Preggie Pops – I haven’t tried these but I have heard a lot of people say they are really good! You can get the drops and the lollies.
Why is ginger good for sickness?
Ginger has properties of Gingerol. Gingerol is a compound that is known for speeding up digestion and helping empty the stomach. As a result, you won’t feel sick on an empty stomach.
Although ginger is suggested for pregnant women, it is recommended that you eat this in sensible amounts as it can make you, ill if over consumed.
When should I seek medical help?
If you feel as though you can’t manage your sickness very well then, go and speak to your midwife or doctor. Speaking to someone isn’t something that you should be worried about, especially if you feel you may have hyperemesis gravidarum.
You may need to be admitted to hospital if you are;
- Are unable to keep down any fluids
- Have lost weight
- Have previous medical conditions, such as kidney and liver issues.
Do you have any suggestions or tips for morning sickness? If so please comment them down below!
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Enjoy your weekend guys and stay safe!