How to: Survive morning sickness

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

How to survive morning sickness

The first few months of pregnancy can be tough for a variety of reasons. One being you may suddenly want to throw up at the smell and sight of, well… pretty much anything. For some women, morning sickness is a slight inconvenience, for others it is an on going nightmare that just won’t let up. You might hope to comfort yourself with beautiful thoughts of your baby at the end of the journey, but when you have your head in a toilet bowl it’s going to take a lot of happy thoughts to get you through. Here are a few tried and tested ways of easing the nausea.

Eat little and often
Nausea during pregnancy is made worse when your stomach is empty and although food might be the last thing you feel like, it’s important to try and keep something in there. When you wake up in the morning ask your partner to be close by with something you can take a nibble on. A Marie biscuit for example, or a plain Provita. Take a couple of small bites before getting up and let your body digest it. A little bit of sugar will help settle the stomach. During the day, keep snacks close by and eat every one to two hours.

Avoid your pregnancy vitamins in the morning
Although they are an important part of pregnancy, your prenatal vitamins are heavy in iron and that can make you feel worse. Make a note to take them later in the day when you are feeling more stable and only after you have eaten something. Even if you are not suffering from morning sickness, if you take them on an empty stomach they will make you feel nauseous.

Rest and stay hydrated
Lack of sleep is never good and in those first three months of pregnancy it can be a contributor to morning sickness. Go to bed an hour or two earlier than you normally do and you’ll be surprised at how easily you can fall asleep. Always have a glass of water next to your bed and drink it! If liquid makes you feel sick then sip it slowly, or suck on ice cubes or have an ice lolly, anything to keep the fluids coming in. Experiment with Lucozade or Energade and find one that you can keep down that makes you feel better. It might not be your drink of choice, but it’s full of important electrolytes that you loose when you are vomiting. Just remember to drink about 20 minutes after you’ve eaten. Combining the two at once could make you feel worse.

Foods to try
There is no one thing that works for everyone, but there are a few suggested snacks that might help:

Suck on or sniff lemons;
Ginger tea, ale, jam or biscuits;
Peppermint tea;
Dry crackers / Marie biscuits;
Fruity ice lollies.

FACT: 20% of women have morning sickness symptoms throughout pregnancy. For the rest, it should be over by week 16. Hang in there!

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Should you wear fragrances while you are pregnant?

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Emily Pettit-Coetzee is a freelance writer and a blogger of lovely things. She spends her days writing about everything from corporate finance to teen fashion and has a weakness for vintage fashion and red lipstick.

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  1. Lynne123

    Sometimes there is no cure… I had 8 months of it, and tried everything

    4 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I’m glad it doesn’t last forever.

    4 years ago •

  1. Aqeela Galvaan

    I guess I am one of the lucky ones who never experienced morning sickness during pregnancy!

    4 years ago •

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